I think another reviewer already said it best "this is how the car should come from the factory". Mileage seems the same (possibly better) and the torquey pull from 2-4k RPM is noticeably improved. Drivability feels about the same with a light foot, but if put your foot into it above 2K, you can tell something is different. I usually drive for mileage (43MG thus far, but I'm in the city a lot) so I'm hoping this tune won't have any big effect on the emissions system.
The reviews of Charles at CR Performance are spot on. He is very knowleable, professional and has the DPF/EGR delete & tune down to a science. I was going to take on this project myself and consider myself very mechanically inclined. By the time I drove 2 hours each way and spent 4 hours at his spotless shop, I would still have been crawling under my car for another 4-5 hours. These changes really transform the Golf. I was mainly looking for MPG(up 10%)first then not having to worry about icing & performance. The car just gets off the line with tremendously better acceleration & goes through the gears smoother. Passing on the highway is a breeze. I'd like to thank Charles again for the prompt communication and all around pleasant experience.
I got my first CEL just 8 days after purchasing my used Passat (97,800 miles). I had a feeling that it was going to be DPF related, so started my research. It wasn't long before I found information about Malone Tuning and the "miracle" that the Malone ECU and DSG tunes had been for others. Now to find just the right mechanic. I tried a local tech with DPF delete experience, but he didn't have VW experience. No luck so back to the Malone testimonials, and Viola! I found CR Performance highly recommended and just a short 3 1/2 hour drive from my home.
A bit of info - I am a widowed female and only minimally knowledgeable about cars. Charles of CR Performance treated me right and went the extra mile to resolve not only my DPF issue, but also repaired a split turbo hose that occurred the last time I drove the car. Charles was informative and courteous. He took the time to explain the DPF delete before he started and made sure I was satisfied with his work after the job was done. His follow up also has been great!
I'm only on my 2nd tank of fuel since picking up the car, but my 50 mile commutes are averaging 48 mpg, and this tank is currently getting 41 mpg. The car is responsive, the shifts are smooth, milage is great - driving is a joy again! I would not hesitate to recommend a Malone Stage II Econo and DSG Tune from Charles at CR Performance to other Passat owners. Kudos, Charles - I appreciate the "above and beyond" customer service you provide.
2014 Jetta TDI Manual
I had a Rawtek DPF Delete, with HiFlow Cat, Cortek Resonator, & Malone Stage 2 installed in October, somewhat to the dismay of my wife. She trusts me, but only sorta!
After the install, I found the car to be much more responsive. It was able to do rolling taxi stops in 2nd gear, not sucking wind from street light to street light, and having the torque to accellerate on the freeway in 6th gear. 6th gear is pretty flat from the factory but now it pulls like 3rd gear. I also found the throttle used to be soft and admittedly I found myself stalling the car occassionally at stoplights. No More! The new exhaust note is there when you jump on the throttle, but is really unnoticeable when cruising.
When my wife took the car for a road trip the next weekend, she was impressed with the new found power of the car as well. It is just smoother to drive. She was really sold on the amazing fuel economy improvement that came with it. Having traditionally got 850-900km/tank, she got 1050km on her firs tank! 58 mpg! With combined city & highway we are now averaging in the 52-54mpg when we used to be at 45-48mpg. You wouldn't spend the money for the ROI, but it definitely is a bonus!
I am very satisfied with the modifications.
I bought a Passat with 97,800 miles on it knowing that it would soon need some services. I didn't expect to have numerous CELs on my 8th day of ownership though. I stumbled through misguided attempts at self repair before finally giving in and deciding to have a DPF delete done on the car.
Thanks to the testimonials here at Malone, I found CR Performance in Peoria, IL. Charles, the owner and tech, responded promptly to my emails and we set up a date for the car to be serviced - DPF delete with a Malone Stage II + Econo tune and a DSG tune. The exhaust needed to ship in from Canada, so I had time to transport my car to Peoria. Charles went above and beyond normal services from the start for me. Due to transport mishaps, it was 23:50 before I arrived at his shop. He responded immediately to a text message and met me at the shop within 10 minutes to receive my car. Even at that late hour, he spent time telling me about the service he was going to perform and showed me sample replacement parts. My car was completed promptly when the exhaust arrived from Canada. Everything went well with the DPF delete and no errors there, but once again, Charles would be asked to go above and beyond in order to resolve a boost error that the car was displaying (unrelated to the DPF delete). He spent the extra time to locate the issue (a cracked turbo pressure hose) and then resolved it for me - on a night when he had to commute bad roads in order to get to the shop. When I picked up my car, Charles gave me the full walk-through of his service, showed me a couple of pieces of burned DPF that fell out of the DPF when it was removed (wow!) and answered all of my (new to non-air cooled VW) questions.
I left CR Performance with 205 miles available on my tank. By the time I had driven halfway home, about 110 miles, the Passat showed 275 miles available on the tank. I swear, if I would have kept going without hitting icy roads, my tank would have been overflowing by the time I got home. :) The fuel efficiency is AMAZING. Charles has since followed up to ensure that I am pleased with the service. Of course I am! The car is a joy to drive now - incredibly responsive and so durned efficient to boot. The exhaust is still quiet and other than a slight diesel odor, you would never know that the DPF is gone.
Kudos to Charles and CR Performance. I would not hesitate to give him the highest recommendation and will return to his shop if I need further tuning.
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