I had a tune done on my 2012 Passat 2.5 at Trentec Automotive I love this tune it was without a doubt the best mod on my car thus far. Smoother pull throughout the entire power band I just love it.
I am not one to write reviews for items that I buy or try but this time around i felt like i had to give the Malone team a thumbs up. Here is my storry. Bought a JSW 6spd in 2013, and managed to rack up 20k miles in the first 8 months. Living in Kansas City i had access to a great VW tuner shop who provided me with tons of good info on APR tunes. So at 22k i decided to pull the trigger and install an APR tune along with a ton of suspension upgrades, big brakes and wheels. The APR tune was at the time the greatest thing ever, the car was powerful and just fun to drive the added torque was just a smile inducer cranked to 120! So then a year later when i approached 42k miles my car had an unusual long 50min regen during a hot summer day with AC on and in heavy traffic. This caused the DPF to fail and of course CEL. found out that it had cracked internally whcih meant replacing it which cost about 3000$ quoted at the dealer and going back to stock or going the aftermarket way through DPF delete. Having been around guys with Malone tunes I decided to go that route and I couldn't be happier. Where the APR tune was great compared to stock I feel that the Malone tune had the same effect making the APR one feel like stock. On paper the two tunes are identical in numbers but in real world driving the Malone tune is an absolute magic and here is what I mean by that. Stock the TDI has a nice torque peak around 2000 rpm and then sharply drops off as you approach 3000rpm. The APR tune had higher peak but the same sharp drop off in power much like the stock one. After driving the Malone tune for about 1000 miles now, the biggest difference is the width of the power band, the peak torque at 2k feels stronger and remains powerful until past 4k and that is what surprised me the most. Now this is probably due to lack of emission systems choking the air flow out of the exhaust system which would make sense. Another great thing i can vouch for is an absolutely amazing fuel economy. The trip to the install place i averaged 38mpg and ran hot at about 1200-1400F EGT... the trip back i got 49.2mpg and the car remained mostly around 600F EGT and to me that is huge in terms of reliability and longevity. Malone team you guys have done it!!! I am now forever fan of your product! The only thing i regret is not going with Malone sooner....

I own a 2003 VW GTI, 1.8T. I came in for a stage 1 tune by Alex at VDUB Auto Repair, and ended up getting some spark plugs done as well. Got everything done in about roughly an hour. Took the car out for a pull and it feels great, Along with my 3inch turbo-back, the tune really does feel great. My guess would be no less than 220 horsepower with the mods i have. Car Pushes 20psi and doesn't seem to run sketchy at all. Great tune, great service. Might have to get one done one my daily driver, 2010 Golf 2.5L.

I own a 2010 Audi B8 A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro 6-Speed Manual. I have owned a few Audis and have had tunes from other various companies, and I really cannot stress how happy I am with Malone. I currently have the Stage 1.5 which is stock exhaust/downpipe and an ECS Tuning Intake on a stock K03 turbo. Malone understands reliability and how to squeeze the power out of these cars that they should have had from day one. The power just doesn’t stop. It’s nice to have a car with the ability to cruise to work or hop around on the highway with confidence. This tune will make you smile the first time you get on it. This truly is a night-and-day difference from stock.
Highly recommend AARodriguez in the Atlanta area. Got the Malone Stage 2 Tune, and DSG, and arranged the DPF delete elsewhere in the area. 3-4 hours later, I felt like I had a new car. Throttle response much improved; I truly believe the 30-40 extra ponies and 70lbs of torque is absolutely real. Love the way the shift points are set up in the "S" position; super smooth, and responsive, with instantaneous downshifts when needed, etc. I gauge the mileage improvement (I would have settled for breakeven) at about 5%. In the past, people have asked, "what kind of mileage"..... my response has always been a consistent, "When you go 80, it gets 40; if you slow down to 65, it gets 50mpg." At 150K miles on the car, I've found this to be very consistent since I owned it. On my trip back to FL, from Atlanta post Malone II, I locked it in at 80, and over 500 miles, got 42.7mpg. I'll take it !!! Andrew Rodriguez was a true pleasure to work with; highly recommend. If you are at the end of the life of a DPF, instead of paying VW $2500+ to replace it (this was my second at 150K miles), why not save $500 and do the DPF delete/swap, and tune the ECU and DSG? Crazy not to. So glad I did. Thanks again Andrew !!!

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.

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. 


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