Previously I had a Revo tune which certainly provided power, however caused the opposite of smooth performance. After careful evaluation of all my options I decided to go with a Malone tune. As of now I have had the new stage 2 tune in my CR140 VW Sportwagen for over two years. Having been through each season twice since getting the tune I can honestly say his work is phenomenal. The effects of the tune are just as exciting today as when I had it done. The raw power never fails to thrill and the increased smoothness through the power band, providing a consistently hard pull from start to finish, is just icing on the cake. With over 100 Degree days in the summers and negative degree days in the winters this tune has not caused any issues and my EGT stats have remained healthy. I cannot recommend his services enough!
Let me start off by saying, WOW! The difference is night and day. You have your mpg when you want it and power when you need it. The power is very noticeable and put a smile on my face the second I stepped on it. I have 34k at the moment and regret not getting it earlier. I hope this will last for years to come without a hiccup. If you're a speed demon like myself ( I DON'T ENCOURAGE SPEEDING), you will love this tune. Mark has been doing this for a few decades and specializes in diesel tunes, so why go to someone else? Charles at CR PERFORMANCE in Peoria, Illinois was very informative and he will take care of you.
I recently moved from a Stage II to a Stage III on my TDI MK6 JSW DSG. The CR170 turbo is basically a drop in turbo. The flash was a little changeling because my supporting mods are different. To make a long story short the TDI pulls very hard to redline. It's much more responsive and remains much smoother then stock and the economy will still out preform a stock TDI if driven normally. Thanks to Mark Malone's patients and work ethic's the TDI was transformed over the last two years from economy wagon to a touring car.
This is little difficult to understand on paper. Once you drive a car the that was messaged by Mark it's simple to grasp. It's truly astonishing!
Thank you Mark and Les@ Diesel Dubs. If it wasn't for you guys the TDI would be stock and I wouldn't get to enjoy this car everyday!
Andrew asked me to post my results from installing his 1.5 tune with DPF delete. I installed the Diesel Dubs down pipe and deleted the cat/flapper/resonator as well. Andrew (for Malones) and Les (Diesel Dubs) both worked with me to get what I needed for the car and helped with cost, I am a disabled Veteran from the Vietnam era and driving my Jetta is one of my joys in life. The car is a 2012 Jetta TDI sedan with premium package and DSG trans. As a stock vehicle we averaged just over 43 MPG for the first 41 thousand miles (tracked on Fuelly.com). On the first trip after the install we got an amazing increase in mileage but thought it best to do some more testing before writing a report.
So here are the results from the last five fill-ups and trips. All trips are in 70 to 80 degree weather on roads in Arizona, trip three and trip five are the same exact route (except for our lunch stop place) and used the same station and pump. The car is always filled to “wet in the neck” a condition that has liquid diesel standing in the filler neck, not foam but actual liquid. All trips had the air conditioning on and were driven be me with the wife riding the passenger seat. Tires are set at 45 PSI and a K&N air filter install when the car was new.
As a side benefit the tune cured all the low speed regen bucking and stumbling that the dealer said they could not replicate in their test drives. Also there is no turbo lag during idle to pulling out in traffic.
Trip 1. Casa Grande to Gila Bend to Ajo to Organ Pipe Cactus National Park back to Casa Grande via Indian 15. Total miles 270.3, gallons used 4.724 MPG 57.218. The trip is approximately 90% two lane roads with speeds of 55 to 60 MPH and 10% town roads with 35 to 45 MPH limits.
Trip 2. In town (Casa Grande) short stop and goes for several days. Total miles 140.3 gallons used 3.044, MPG 46.090. The trip was 95% town and 5% highway.
Trip 3. Casa Grande to Los Algodones Mexico back to Casa Grande via highway I 8. Total Miles were 379.9, gallons used 6.973 MPG 54.482. The trip was 95% highway and 5% in town roads. Speed on the highway was 65MPH using the throttle manually (no cruise control).
Trip 4. In town (Casa Grande) short stop and goes for several days. Total miles 119.2 gallons used 2.529, MPG 47.133. The trip was 95% town and 5% highway.
Trip 5. Casa Grande to Los Algodones Mexico back to Casa Grande via highway I 8. Total Miles were 374.5, gallons used 7.158 MPG 52.319. The trip was 95% highway and 5% in town roads. Speed on the highway was 65MPH using the cruise control, and very little manual throttle use.
As you can see the car responds well to the tune and pipe, better on the lower speeds as opposed to the constant highway speeds, and better with manual throttle than with cruise control. I think the better mileage in manual throttle control is due to being able to see hills and respond easier to accelerations and decelerations then the cruise controls more rapid responses. I can build up speeds for hills at an easy pace rather than the cruise controls instant response.
In summation I am extremely pleased with the modifications to the car and will realize a payback in savings much sooner than I anticipated. So if you are on the fence about spending the money do not hesitate it is well worth the time and money to make the mods.
Few months ago i decided to do Stage 2 and DSG flash on my 2012 Golf.
All work was preformed by Charles from CR Performance.
I am absolutely amazed by performance of my car, my gas mileage went up by 2-3 MPG
and the best thing is the extra torque or i should say mountains of torque!
Car is much faster and has much better throttle response.
I put 7000 miles since tune with absolutely no problems!
My DSG shifts much smoother and exhaust note is amazing.
I would like to thank Charles from CR Performance for great and professional work.
He let me take an observation on the entire process. It was great experience.
It was worth every penny!
Thanks a lot!
Artur, Libertyville Illinois
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