Upon deciding to get a remap for my 2000 1.8 Astra Sport, I researched local companies (Notts). I knew I wanted a map which read the information about my specific car and engine, and removed the flat spots, increased fuel economy, and above all made the car more comfortable to drive.
I knew the more well known companies provided a chipping service and rolling road service, but I did not have the £300 ish to pay for it.
Then I came across www.chippeduk.com.
One of the Viper2 facilities which has started up, is just outside of Leicster. The company is called ChippedUp. After searching for Viper2 on the internet to get some feedback, I soon found that the BMW and Audi sites had lots of good reviews, but a few other sites had bad reviews (such as PassionFord). However, I decided that I wanted to pay £200 for a remap and not £300 for a chip.
The website (www.chippedup.co.uk) details the three services available. First is the chip replacement specific to your car model as offered by other well known tuning companies. The second is a remap, done via the OBD (vehicle diagnostic) port. The remap is reversible at any time, and is again specific to your car model. The third service is live mapping again done via the OBD port. This is done whilst the car is being driven, and offers much more customisation.
I opted for the second service - the remap. After a few emails, Elaine had arrested my worries, and I booked a remap session. She offered to come out to my house for an additional £50, but it was cheaper for me to drive there. The place was very easy to find (on the A5 towards milton keynes). The mapping took about an hour, and I had a nice cuppa, a sofa and TV!
Afterwards, Elaine showed me the map of the car, and where the flat spots were that she removed. She explained to me how it worked, and I was impressed with the knowledge required to do it. I had to allow the car to get used to the sensors again on the engine, so it was under 4k revs for 20 miles.
Even keeping it under 4k - I noticed a difference instantly. The throttle response was up, and the car just slipped through the gears. The only way I can really describe it is that it just felt 'natural' - like the car should have driven that way from the start. Unlike the other modifications I had done (exhaust, intake modifications) there was no 'big change' that I noticed, and at first I was a little disappointed. I think I was expecting fireworks!
However, after the 20 miles, third, fourth and fifth gear were totally different to normal. The car wasn't jerky, and it didnt stop pulling. It was like a train in every gear. My funny idle problem has stopped, and the car just purrs through the gears. I had the map done on Thursday, and since then I have navigated 500 miles of motorway. I have to admit that the fuel consumption wasnt noticeably down, but considering the power increase and the fact I had been driving it harder than usual (it is a little addictive afterwards ) it used the same amount of petrol as normal.
I have had no undue side effects, just a lovely smooth car, and a beautiful motorway cruiser. I am very happy with the service, communication and price of the company - Elaine really went out of her way to work around me. I would totally recommend it to a friend, and if I decide to really heavily modify the engine, I will be going back there for a live map to make the most of it. If anyone has any questions please ask, but I thought that I would share my experience of the company with you.
For those who are too far from Courtenays or Regals, or on a budget, I can honestly say I expected no more from my remap. Very happy and 100% worth it. Regarding power, I shall have to wait for a RR day to confirm increases but I am expecting between 8-12 bhp increase and a 7-10lb/ft torque increase.
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