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 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.