2004 GTI 1.8T AWP: I ran a Revo stage 2 before going to a big turbo and ran the stage 3 revo. For my own reasons I went back to stock and was looking for another tune. When I saw the sale price, I figure I give it a try. I got the FlashZilla and a stage 3. Mark worked with a couple of problems that I had (both my fault). I finally got the thing loaded. Pretty easy and not to technical. Just follow the on screen instructions. So far I have been running this tune for about 2-3 weeks. I like it. The boost transition is so nice. With the Revo, I kept having the on-off boost surge. I tried different n75 boost control to fix the problem but no help. I just lived with it. With Mark's tune, I can't make it surge. Believe me, I tried to make it surge on a daily basis and it doesn't. The daily drive thru low boost is so smooth. I am a fan!!!! high boost- 18lbs on the butt dyno feels so strong. Will be hitting the real dyno soon to compare to the Revo stage 2. I also wanted to raise the idle and Mark did this with no problem! running 900 rpm now. Really helps with the VF mounts. G With this stock turbo tune being so good, i'll be checking out his Big Turbo tune soon!
Fantastic customer service, fantastic product, fantastic results!
I bought a 2005 VW Passat and this thing was so boring to drive. 0-60 in years..... I then decided to by that crap from ebay called a tuning box which increased the speed a bit but produced clouds of smoke. I then got in touch with malone tuning after reading about it in passatworld.com. Mark, immediately sent me a pay pal payment request, of which i paid. I was surprised to find out that the first payment was for a tuning box instead of the chip. I then got in touch with mark, and he explained to me that i needed the tuning box before i could tune the car. Mark even offered me a refund because of the misunderstanding. I was shocked that you could still find some honest people in business these days, because most people would come up with some lame excuses. Because of his honesty and prompt response, i made a second payment and Mark sent me the tune. Once i followed the instructions and loaded the tune to the VW, that baby took on a new personality. the stage 2 tune turned that baby into a sports car without all the smoke.. Thanks Mark for your help.. Driving the vw is now so fun now.
I have a 2002 Golf that is way more fun to drive than a 2011 Audi A3 TDI, and cost me at least $30K less. All thanks to Mark's tunes. If you're sitting on the fence about a tune, get off the damn fence, spend a few bucks on some nozzles, then talk to Mark. Then you'll start looking at a bigger turbo, and when you finally do go with the bigger turbo and an upgrade to your tune from Mark, you'll kick yourself for not doing so earlier.
Malone Tuning recently tuned my 2004 Jetta Tdi. I checked with several tuners before buying a tune, what I liked about Malone tuning is that they rent the Flashzilla, so there no need to purchase it or remove your ECU and send it off with most models. The tuning was done by email, verses sending the ECU back and forth. Mark knew exactly what need to be done to tune my car, even though I have several different modifications. He always returned my emails quickly, and his web site shows you roughly what gains to expect, no guessing what the different stages are. Now I have Jetta TDi with the power of a Subaru WRX and the economy of a Toyota Prius
Our 2004 Jetta TDI with manual transmission was just not working for us while on cruise control pulling steep (8%) grades. The engine would surge, and speed would fall below the setpoint. Unplugging the EGR valve would eliminate the problem. After discussing this with Mark, we decided to get the Dynamic EGR tune done. I also thought I'd treat myself with a Stage I tune to make up for the grief the EGR caused us for the past three years. Dynamic EGR would have the EGR enabled until the engine was warm, and then slam shut the EGR. We no longer have boost control issues related to the EGR opening. The engine is very smooth now. It used to have a slight stumble at idle, and that has now totally gone. The Stage I tune is awesome! The car drives normally until the throttle is opened up, and then it just keeps going where it would just leave off before the tune. Power is progressive, almost linear like. Mark took the time to adjust the tune to limit turbo boost spike, and adjust the actual boost to optimum. To pass vehicles on steep hills is absolutely effortless now. I used to use wide open throttle a fair amount to pass, and now I find that is no longer necessary. The car now has plenty of reserve power for my needs. I find that I have to watch the speedometer while passing as speed comes up fairly quickly and effortlessly, easily taking us 50 to 60 km/h over the posted speed limits. I also find that driving the car as I would normally, fuel economy has remained the same at 56.5 imperial MPG on the highway. There is no visible smoke from the exhaust. My wife used the car the other day, and she told me "WOW! The car is so smooth now!" The difference with this tune is very noticable for us. Thanks to Mark, we now have our car back, running better than it ever has! Harry.
I went with a Stage 1.5 due to the fact I was driving 100,000km a year and I have been exceptionally happy with the performance. Great power and torque and fuel mileage, 58 mpg avg over 170,000km since I got the tune. Now I am looking to get the stage 3 as I have a better clutch installed, bigger injectors, 2.5" down pipe and full exhaust system. Thanks Mark for the great work you do!
It's been about 6 months since I sent my ECU off for a stage 1 tune. I drive a 2012 VW Golf TDI and had the tune completed just a few months after purchasing the car. The ECU was tuned and shipped back the same day Malone received it and as a result I had my car back up and running only 3 days after I pulled the ECU. I couldn't be happier with the results. I haven't noticed any difference in gas mileage or drive-ability but the fun factor is significantly improved. In it's stock form this car pulls impressively well but after the tune it's kicked up several notches. Now it not only pulls but it'll throw you back in the seat if you really push it. This is a great product with outstanding customer support, there's a reason these guys are so highly recommended!
I got my 06 Jetta tuned my Mark this past summer and I have to say that it is the best money I've spent on my car. I had been looking at getting my car tuned for about 8 months before I had made up my mind on who I should get, and I haven't regretted it one bit. Once I sent my first email to Mark it was only a matter of minutes before I got a response. His customers service is second to none. And since getting it tuned it feels like somebody woke my car up. Everything is so responsive and yet I haven't lost any mpg. I definitely recommend Malone Tuning to anybody looking to get either a little or a lot more out of your TDi because they know their stuff.
After warming the engine up with the stage 2 software, I took off a bit aggressively from a stop sign. Around 2/3 throttle, the traction control kicked in, hard. Never had more than a chirp from the Pole Positions without intentionally trying to break them loose before. Getting onto a 6 lane road uphill I surged the engine because the throttle limiter which keeps you from revving past 2k is gone, there's so much torque, the perceived 800 RPM cutoff seems to be gone as well. The engine makes so much more torque off idle that I think a very significant percentage of the added output is there. After that took it easy pulling through 3rd and 4th. Nothing dramatic, can't actually feel a difference just putting around. Then did a few 2k-4k RPM pulls at WOT. Nothing dramatic there either, just got through the gear much quicker. Turbo spools a bit quicker and the throttle response is much better, but overall, the whole change is very subtle on the butt dyno. And then you look at your gauges and realize how fast you're going. Honestly, if feels about like you're in one gear lower than you actually are give or take a bit. Another way to get an idea of the difference in performance is to give a friend or two a ride. The difference in performance with just you vs a friend or two in the car is about the same as the performance difference over stock with the flash. Only one real disappointment actually... no Malone sticker to put under the TDI badge... The downsides. I've lost about 8 mpg's off my average. The car runs so much better that I can't seem to keep my foot out of it. Also the stock software has a throttle attenuation algorithm to make throttle inputs smoother, that's gone. Instant throttle response means that instant fuel economy jumps around a lot more. Being very smooth with the throttle, I did get about the same numbers, but that does take some practice to do it under normal driving conditions.