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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: United Kingdom
At the risk of seeming to jump to the defence of Alfatune and others who use the map and pipe developed by Gus & Adie, the cost of the work is based on quite a few things, I have experience of such things as i work in product devleopment and used to work in automotive fuel systems development. You have to take all these and other factors into account:
1. Development time spent was over 12 months i belive (this has a cost)?
2. How many 1.9 and 2.4 cars are actually in UK?
3. What percentage will have owners that would want/need this mod for there car?
4. What is the cost of the pipe and the labour time etc.
5. Being able to have the margin to drop prices (and yes to make a profit!) if you wish when other people come on to the market offering a similar service.
This is the same with any product, if you want to have it first then you tend to pay a higher price especially if it is potentially low volume. I should imagine the market for this mod has already peaked seeing as these engines have not been available for a while, so you have to take the chance that you will make your money back before moving on to the next thing... you cant comment on the cost based on the sum of the parts, which some people tend to do...
I dont like paying over the odds and feel that what I paid for was fair for the job that was carried out and the peace of mind it has given me.
I dont have an opinion on anyone elses conversion either, good luck to them.
I am not a frequent customer of Gus's he sorted my car when i had serious issues with DPF and EGR but because I live in Shropshire I dont use them for servicing (WAD)etc so I would like to think I am fairly unbiased and base it on the only bit of work they have done for me.
I was one of the first to have this done as my car simply didnt work properly with the DPF and EGR so for me it was a necessity not a luxury performance enhancement and as such I think it was a good investment....
Please note this is a personal opinion and not a rant.....
Past 1999 - Grigio Chiaro, 156 2.0 T-Spark SP1 - 2007 - Strombolli 159 1.9JTDM LUSSO SW + Alfatune DPF Removal/Map --- Present 2005 - Strombolli GT 3.2 V6
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