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.

Told by VW dealership  my 2009 Jetta TDI needed a DPF replacement. After much research I decided on DPF delete with a Malone stage 2 tune combined with DSG transmission tune. Could not be happier with the job done by CR Performance and the performance increase with my Jetta! This upgrade is shown to incresase MPG up to 10%. At this time I am happy enough with the engine performance and transmission shifting alone. Any increase in MPG will just be icing on the cake. 

Special thanks to CR Perfomance in Peoria IL for professional, excellent work and Malone for an upgrade that turned my Jetta into a completely different drive. 


I purchased a 2010 Jetta Sportwagen with 94,000 miles about a month ago.Before I made my first payment the DPF light came on.I tried all the methods of forced regeneration to no avail.Took the car to VW dealer who confirmed DPF filter replacement was needed.I decided to go the delete and tune route.I did a lot of research on TDI forums and the consensus was over whelming that the Malone Stage 2 combined with the DSG tune was the best option.After further research I found Andrew at fixmyvw.com was my best option.I communicated with Andrew on many occasions both through telephone and email,he was always very courteous and professional.I sent him my ecm and he had it back in the mail the same day he received it.There are very good instructional videos on the website.I received the DSG loaner tool and not being very computer literate struggled but Andrew got me through it.The Stage 2 performs as advertised but considering, I really did not want to spend the money for the Dsg tune all I can say is wow if I did not know better I would think I had a new transmission.I have not had time to get an exact mpg estimate,but it looks like between +3 and +6 mpg. You are truly blessed to have dealers like Andrew at fixmyvw.com I could not have completed this job with out his assistance Thank you for your high standards in tunes and dealers. Thank You JERALD

2013 Passat TDI SE DSG, CR140 Stage 1.5 (now Stage 2) with DSG Tune Love the extra torque and the DSG shifting now. Loads more scoot off the line and passing on the highway is downright quick. This is the way this car should have been from the factory. Special mention to Charles of CR Performance in Peoria, IL. Outstanding service and even came to me in Chicago to do the tune. Highly recommended for any of your needs.

I couldn't be more happier over the increase in performance and throttle response, the increase in low end power. Charles was very professional thought the entire process and the communication before and after the work was first class. I can't say enough of the tune and work completed but would like to add more for the shop and old school customer service. 2 thumbs and 2 toes for the CR team!
I just had my 3rd timing belt, water pump and idlers replaced at Digisports. My bug has had nothing but minor maintenance since new. I had Brian do the stage 1 tune at 270,000 miles. I now have driven over 10,000 miles on the tune with no problems. This is the way VW should have done it. I still get better than 42mpg overall with most of my driving between 65 and 80. I put over 100 miles a day with about 90% highway. I am looking forward to stepping up to the stage 3 tune with clutch and injectors when she reaches 350,000 miles. No regrets, great response with no noticeable smoke or dead spots.
After reading about the performance gains from Malone tuning I wanted to get it done but there wasn't a tuner nearby. Then Cr Performance popped up in Peoria IL just a few miles from where I live so I contacted Charles of CR Performance and eventually ended up with the 2.0 tune DPF delete and also the DSG tune for my 2011 JSW TDI. Needless to say this transformed my car dramatically. I have surprised more than a few "sports car" drivers. Charles made the experience very positive, is super professional and has a great shop. I would not hesitate to recommend Malone, Diesel Dubs and CR Performance.
My 2013 Passat SEL TDI went out of warranty in March of this year. I decided I wanted to take grandpas car and make it a little more fun to drive :-). You see, I have to come to Indy nearly every week for cancer treatments at the VA. So, I wanted to get a little more MPGs if I could. I elected to go with the stage 2 non delete tune with the DSG tune as well. I chose to go to VAwter, what great people. They made me feel right at home. Bill went to work on my car and explained each step as he went along. Not minding I was looking over his shoulder the whole time:-). When he was done we took it for short spin and it felt like a completely different car. The responsiveness was incredible! But I didn't get the whole effect till I went home. A 200 mile trip one way. Not only was it more fun to drive, but if I kept my foot out of it (which is very hard to do) I got better MPGs than before. I also had them do the 40000 mile DSG service two days later showing up with a huge grin on my face. Again, Bill explained everything he did and made sure he showed me the old fluid and filter. I'm so impressed with the work that was done that they will get all of my business from now on.
I Have a 2009 TDI Jetta. I always hated how it drove starting out in first to second gear and the lag it had. I decided to do the DPF Delete with the stage 2 tune. I would have gone higher but I am still making payments. I was SO impressed how this car drives and how it sounds! I love the turbo spool and now it sounds and smells like a diesel! I went with BuzzKen exhaust for the delete and mid-pipe. I got it from AARogriguez in GA, USA. They do the tune and everything at their shop. I'v been reading up on tunes and performance parts for about a year now. This is the best tune you can get and I was able to do all the work myself. I have already recommended this tune to VW TDI drivers! And I'm still looking out for more people I can recommend this to! Thank you SOOO much Malone for all the answers, assistance, performance and being the greatest tune EVER!
Absolutely LOVE the tune and dpf delete. Couldn't be more happy with the work. I had the dpf delete installed by Charles in Peoria Illinois. Great guy to deal with and was very speedy about everything. Let me sit and watch him do everything and even gave me a few pointers on other mods that he recommends. Thanks a million!!!! The stage 2 and dsg tune from mark is fantastic!! I have always got tunes from mark and have never been disappointed with his work. You rock mark!!

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