Just booked in with alfatuning.sk for this Saturday.. going for 250 euro remap, 30 euro dpf removal and 20 euro egr blank so total of 300 euros to get the 2.4 jTdm I always wanted.. With a 4 hour journey each way I should notice the results soon enough.. will keep you posted...
Gents.... 4 hour drive to Slovakia on Friday evening with car stuttering out of Prague at the usual 1750-2000 rpm - settled down on the motorway and no problems rest of way on mixed roads - top consumption 7.6l / 100km - stayed overnight in Trencin in a lovely hotel on the slope of the castle.
Next morning, travelled 30 mins to Ilava and found 2 garage shells on the grounds of a hospital. First impressions were not promising but met Peter, the boss, who luckily spoke some English. The two young lads in the garage had been working already on two other 159 saloons from the Czech Republic that morning. Waited 15 mins and then drove my car in and one of the young lads disappeared into the hole in the ground and started removing the dpf. Once removed (about 10 mins) him and his mate took the dpf outside and drilled into one end with the longest drill piece I've ever seen and then with a metal spike hammered into one end and turned it upside down for the dpf filter bits to fall out along with the soot - they did the same to the other end too - really brutal but effective!
Meanwhile, Peter hooked up his laptop to the drivers side usb connector and discovered that my mapware was apparently quite rare/unusual (perhaps because it came from Italy!?) and leaving it hooked up stated it'd be an hour or so to upload the new mapware, I think! He offered to take us to a cafe in town whilst he went home and I agreed as my girlfriend didn't fancy hanging around with the spitting rain coming down.
After an hour I was walking back towards the garage to find Peter already test driving my car, which he stated now had something like 35 more bhp and 100n/m torque. Interestingly, he mentioned the 2.4 jtdm actually only has 191 bhp and not the stated 200 bhp, so my car now has 224 bhp? and certainly felt it when accelerating. Personally, I was gutted not to see the egr being blanked - don't even know which type of plate they used. Paid my 300 Euros cash, got a receipt and that was that - picked up my girlfriend and started on the 4 hour trip home.
Results - Wow! - Feels like a new car - no hesitation, no stuttering, no revving when idling, improved consumption 7.4 l/ 100 km at end but did go down to 6.8 at one stage, but I was hitting 150 km/h at times on the motorway and with some country roads too when leaving Slovakia thanks to my satnav. Definitely more umph in the lower ranges and picks up speed alarmingly quick when pressing the accelerator. Didn't notice any smoke or soot in the rear mirror.
Celebrated today by washing, waxing and cleaning the car inside and out with the Auto Glym. Alfatuning.sk put a couple of 'ferrari style' alfa snake logo badges in yellow on both sides under the side indicators, which look the business on my grigio grey body. Also a strip of advertising on the rear number plate. A nice touch.
So, in conclusion - just get it done! I realise it's only been a couple of days but my car does feel new in almost every way - almost silent when standing at lights. I ran out of light today but will also clean my map sensor to see if that makes any additional difference.
Can't recommend alfatuning.sk enough if you're in the region and can't complain about the 300 euro price for an hour and a half's work considering the results. My only regret is not being present to see all the work done and asking more questions as I was interested not because I doubt their integrity.