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Old 05-26-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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how effective is a Dinan chip?

I've read In to chipping my bmw to make the transmission shift quicker and modify the ECU a little bit to make the car faster. My question is, what kind of gains would I see with my '01 325ci (auto transmission w/tiptronic) if I were to keep the engine stock and put a Dinan performance transmission chip in it. I'm just curious what some people have experienced first hand with these things, and If I'm looking for some more speed, would it be worth if? any input is appreciated. thanks guys

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Old 05-27-2014, 07:03 AM   #2
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the trans has a separate ecu

dinan is over rated

i would go active autowerke for engine

and ess tuning for steptronic

or nothing

expensive yes, think it's around $400 each, tho around xmas time active runs specials usually

you have to remove and mail both boxes

is it 40 hp gains? no

if you drive the car everyday will you notice a difference ? yes, esp after 4k if you pair it with an exhaust, i have the 16533 magnaflow full catback

i'm happy with everything i've spent money on, read read read beforehand

i'd look up your car on all sites, active autowerke, ess uning, magnaflow

go from there

i wouldn't spend one penny on anything dinan

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Old 05-27-2014, 08:17 AM   #3
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