Just making enquiries here in advance of needing this, but I want to find out what chip/remap options are available and if there are particular pros & cons to certain ones.
Car is 2005 E90 320D, and has got just over 30k miles on it.
The main issue here for me is I'm in a fairly remote location (Isle of Man) and I basically cannot take the car to someone for them to map it in the uk, and need an option that I can install myself by one means or another, whether that means a plug in module of some sort or a way I can flash a provided map somehow via my laptop for instance.
I do have some minor experience of working with ECUs/maps as I meddle with them on my other car, but have no experience of this stuff with diesels, or beemers for that matter.
Am familiar with the general differences between a plug in piggyback and a proper remap, but I don't know if there's any particular reason why one may be particularly good in the case of my car as opposed to other cars, or which ones around are good and which are to be avoided. I've currently got a dastek unichip on my discovery and have nothing bad to say about it except the odd engine light I have to reset with the Nanocom - it's a vast improvement over standard and still not smoky so I know that plug ins can do a good job when done right. That's not to say that others might not be better of course.
I don't have a diagnostic tool for the beemer (hopefully will get one of some sort in due course), so if the only options are plug ins they need to be ones that won't cause the car to get upset
I don't actually have the car yet - it'll be later in the week when I get it, and to be honest I want to drive it for some time standard and just enjoy that before getting it tuned, but I'm pretty sure from previous cars that I will want to do it, probably in a few months from now, so I thought I should find out what's best now.
I've seen a couple of tuners posting on threads here and they seem to both get good feedback so that's good, but not sure what options are available to me given I pretty much need to install myself, and whether or not that's going to hamper how good an all round tune it'll be, ie if it'll have to be a 'generic' map that's not as accurate as a properly prepped one specific to my actual car.
Appreciate any suggestions, thanks!