Professionalism. Quality. Knowledge.
The amount of people that have had to get refunds from Angel is rediculous.
Completely agree and the statement that they're all the same is utter, utter tosh.
I used to frequent RedDot back when I was down south with Uni etc in the late naughties and had plenty of lengthy discussions with the guys there.
They told me that they used to supply what they described as base maps to angel tuning.
The way they described this as working is they'd roller the car, get a 'factory' figure and check there was no issues with vehicle, download and backup the factory map, flash their base map to the vehicle and test and review parameters, then depending on how it came back they could adjust timing boost, injector quantities etc to suit the individual engine. They described each engine as being like a fingerprint, they're all unique in their own way due to servicing, maintenance, wear and tear, even down to fuel used, so they all had to be tuned and adjusted to fit each car and what the customer wanted from the car.
The guys at RedDot went on to tell me that they stopped supplying Angel in the end as they'd got so many complaints and poor feedback they didn't want to harm their reputation. Angel reportedly weren't tuning the maps correctly and just doing a flash and run job on them.
I went to one of their CitroŽn events that they invited my brother and I to (my brother owning a CitroŽn at the time) and they rollered my brothers vehicle (1.6 HDi 110ps) which came back at 120bhp stock. They rollered a Peugeot with the same engine and came back in at 118bhp, which was apparently about right for that engine.
They then rollered an angel mapped vehicle (same engine again) and came back at 126bhp. My brother had his vehicle mapped by RedDot and came back at 148bhp. A gain of 28bhp. Even if the angel car was running the proper factory 110bhp they only gained 16bhp. As it happened RedDot ran my brothers car a further 3 times and got it upto 152bhp in the engine. They even road tested it with my brother to get best roller and road results.
When asked why there was such a massive difference their reply was simple "that's Angel Tuning for you".
You cannot possible describe the look on the face of the angel customer when he realised he was probably missing 25bhp because of having a crap map.
Its always worth paying for a proper job to be done - just think your car is probably going to do the next 100,000 miles or more with whatever software you stick on it so it's worth doing it right.