Yeah.. absolutely love it. For about a year I drove a E320 CDI until I figured out what I wanted after selling back the A3.Pete! How ya been? You liking the 535?
Yeah I agree I drove a 335d that had been deleted and tuned and it was a beast!Yeah.. absolutely love it. For about a year I drove a E320 CDI until I figured out what I wanted after selling back the A3.
With a tune and AWD the 535 is a monster off the line. Obviously not as good on fuel as the A3 was but the power fun factor more than makes up the loss in MPG's. Still have a bumper to bumper warranty on the 535 but as soon as its over I'll be yanking off the EGR and DPF and getting a better tune
You kept your A3?
I went with a shop since the ECU needs to get pulled out, opened and tune burned in.I own a 2012 A3 TDI. I am toying the the idea on Malone stage 2 tune. How much should I save for a stage 2 tune? Did you guys install the tune using a tuner, or through a Malone shop? I hear your turbo lag goes away and my mileage will increase, and shifting becomes smoother, not that it's not smooth already.
Sorry Not true. Just tuned my 2013 A3 TDI with Malone Tune Stage 2. You just need to purchase the Flashzilla 3 from them and everything is programed through the OBDII port. Pretty easy. Nice thing about purchasing the Flashzilla is I can go back and forth between stock and tune at anytime.I went with a shop since the ECU needs to get pulled out, opened and tune burned in.
EGR removed and DPF removed... well worth the $$ for a shop to do all the work.
Yes that helps, I tuned my Tundra with a tuner through the ODB II port. If you don't mind me asking how much was the setup?Sorry Not true. Just tuned my 2013 A3 TDI with Malone Tune Stage 2. You just need to purchase the Flashzilla 3 from them and everything is programed through the OBDII port. Pretty easy. Nice thing about purchasing the Flashzilla is I can go back and forth between stock and tune at anytime.
Hope this helps
$180 to fashzilla hardwareYes that helps, I tuned my Tundra with a tuner through the ODB II port. If you don't mind me asking how much was the setup?
Thinking about doing the DSG tune, so to clarify DSG tune would't be related to an engine tune, thus I should be good. Does the diesel gate fix warranty the engine as well? If so I am still under that warranty for the next few years.DSG tune shouldn't do anything to void the warranty.
The engine ECU tune, though, used to be such that you could switch back to your OEM tune and VW would be none the wiser. Now, though, (starting at least with the MQB cars, but possibly earlier) the ECU has a "flash counter" that records each time the ECU has been flashed with new/different firmware. VW knows how many flashes it's done to your car, so when it comes in for warranty work on the engine and shows that it's at x+2 or x+3....even if it's the factory firmware, they know someone else wrote something to the ECU.
Now, apparently some people have gotten warranty work done in this case, but you'd be well-advised to assume that if you tune the engine, your warranty is pretty much done. Maybe you get lucky, but be prepared for a hard "no".
I commute 50 miles round trip a day. I go up and over a 10K pass to get to work. I find when descending home the transmission seems to get lost and will give moderate jolts and shimmers, best way I can describe it. I would assume a DSG tune will smooth this out. Did you find better engagement when passing? I spritely drive my A3.Worth it to me? Yes.
Worth it to you? I don't know.
DSG tune and engine tune are basically firmware "upgrades" to separate computers, so yes - you can get one without the other.
Dieselgate fix warranty covers anything to do with emissions, and was purposefully left quite broad; to my understanding (and I'm not a legal scholar, so take that as a caveat) it covers anything involved with the production of emissions, or the elimination of those emissions.
Did you notice any gains in mpg or loss in mpg? I do feel a tune is in my future but most likely a DSG tune for now.The best way I can describe it is that the car now shifts how/when *I* want it to (like it's almost psychic), vs. when the car felt like it (always trying to maximize fuel efficiency, it would seem). And it adjusts to how I'm driving, too, if I'm pushing it, it holds the gear longer, but if I'm just Sunday strolling, it shifts earlier (but still not as annoying early as it does un-tuned).
I'm convinced that for anyone who cares about driving, if there was a 7-day free return option on the tune (who knows - maybe there is; I've always been so pleased with my Malone tunes, I've never even thought to ask)....exactly zero people would make use of it.