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Advice, please - to chip or not to chip...?

Now that I've got my (gorgeous) Spider, there's been an awful lot of attention to it from work colleagues. And the real petrol-heads among em seem keen to promote chipping it up. They say it improves performance AND saves fuel consumption (but that seems way too good to be true to an old cynic like me).

Personally I'm not too sure I want to anyway - it goes like the proverbial off a shovel NOW, let alone after modding the chip!

But I'd welcome comments/opinions from you guys... anyone care to advise?

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Re: Advice, please - to chip or not to chip...?

go for it i have a diesel that i chipped and it actually does make it quicker and better on fuel !! and when i get my 159 the 1st thing im doing is chipping it up!! let us know how it goes!!
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Re: Advice, please - to chip or not to chip...?

well a few people on here have had various remaps ... but some of them have done that in conjunction with filter and exhaust changes too ... oh and changing fro bog standard petrol to superplus

personally I'd say that if you think it's quick enough now why go and spend all the cash on a remap ?
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weighing the cost of the remap compared to the cost of the car and the performance gain you'd get I think it'd be worth it. (probably worth sticking a performance filter in before as there fairly cheap)
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Re: Advice, please - to chip or not to chip...?

I chipped an Astra redtop and the difference was amazing. Even with my rather heavy right foot, the fuel economy was better. Went from 150 to 195bhp and as reliable as new. As for insurance, my wife works for a broker. A lot of farmers declare chipped cars and 4x4's stating fuel economy reasons and there is no increase in premium.

It is worth saying that Turbo Diesels respond well to chips but petrols work well too. You can get a wide range of upgrades for notta lotta bucks. Superchips was the one I used and I wouldnt go past them.

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Re: Advice, please - to chip or not to chip...?

Short answer = yes. Long answer = you actually want a "remap" not a chip, chips are the old way of doing things. Remaps are generally thought to be invisible to dealers and insurance companies. They DO improve both mpg and performance, this is because the ignition timing and fuel-air mix etc are adjusted to be more efficient, which gives you the extra power. The cars are mapped at the factory for any old crap petrol. Petrol here is quite high quality. For best results, run the car on super unleaded during and after the remap, the extra cost should be more than off set by the increase in mpgs.

And yes, if you want to maximise your increase, get a sport air filter (~£35), or full air induction kit (~£200-£300) and a stainless steel sports exhaust (~£500-800) before the remap.

Probably the most cost-effective (bhp per £ spent) would be the air induction plus a remap. Ideally you want air induction, sport exhaust and remap, but the exhaust does cost more than the other two. Also I don't know if anyone has created a bespoke induction kit for the 3.2. The generic induction kits you can get for any car wll make the car sound better, but you may see little or no actual bhp gain.

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