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Old 06-16-2012, 01:23 AM   #29
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I had my 2012 tuned at 722 miles. Check to see if you have any mod friendly dealers.

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Old 06-16-2012, 03:28 AM   #30
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Wait for the sale for any of the big 4 with the upcoming Waterfest.

I've had my GIAC Stage 1 tune for over 6000 miles and have had no problems at all.

Just go with the dealer that looks the most professional/experienced to you. There's a reason GIAC/APR/Revo/Unitronic have dealers instead of making self-tuning applications/flashers... because they only want to hand out their flashing tools to experienced mechanics or associates that won't fuck up like a regular customer would.

I know you read that thread ... but that does not happen too often. Almost everyone here is tuned with GIAC/APR/Revo/Unitronic and 99% of them did not have problems in the process.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:41 AM   #31
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If you drive 100 miles a day (like me), your warranty will be up before you know it. Be sure to get in writing that you don't have to pay everytime you get reflashed. I've had to go back a few times, and the tuner shop guys try to give me b.s. everytime and say I should pay them $50.00 to reflash what I've already paid for.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:23 PM   #32
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If you drive 100 miles a day (like me), your warranty will be up before you know it. Be sure to get in writing that you don't have to pay everytime you get reflashed. I've had to go back a few times, and the tuner shop guys try to give me b.s. everytime and say I should pay them $50.00 to reflash what I've already paid for.
What shop did you go with?? USP
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:30 AM   #33
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I'm married and have a mortgage and i'm going to go against what most people are saying. If you don't have the spare cash, then stay stock. 99% of the people on here that have a tune probably haven't had a problem including myself. I was stage 1 and stage 2 for over 50k miles before I went K04. When I bought the K04 kit, I made sure I had leftover money for a new clutch "just in case" my stock one went bad, which it did after 4k miles.

Now the 99% of the people that had nothing go wrong is fine, but that 1% that has had problems had to pay to get whatever fixed that broke. A great saying when it comes to VW's is "you gotta pay to play" and if you are worried about shelling out another $1,700 for a new clutch and install just in case you belong to that 1% then just stay stock. When you get more cash flow, then get tuned and have peace of mind. But for now, with limited cash flow, have peace of mind and stay stock.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:13 AM   #34
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I'm married and have a mortgage and i'm going to go against what most people are saying. If you don't have the spare cash, then stay stock. 99% of the people on here that have a tune probably haven't had a problem including myself. I was stage 1 and stage 2 for over 50k miles before I went K04. When I bought the K04 kit, I made sure I had leftover money for a new clutch "just in case" my stock one went bad, which it did after 4k miles.

Now the 99% of the people that had nothing go wrong is fine, but that 1% that has had problems had to pay to get whatever fixed that broke. A great saying when it comes to VW's is "you gotta pay to play" and if you are worried about shelling out another $1,700 for a new clutch and install just in case you belong to that 1% then just stay stock. When you get more cash flow, then get tuned and have peace of mind. But for now, with limited cash flow, have peace of mind and stay stock.
From a responsibility perspective, this is very good advice.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:22 PM   #35
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OP: Let me make this easier for you by asking a couple of questions:

1) What does your gut tell you to do? (Buy or Not Buy?)
2) Judging from your past, should you trust your gut decisions? Or have your gut decisions in the past been bad choices?

Given that, your decsion on whether or not to go Stage 1 should be pretty easy.

It's easy to over-think things.



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Quit being a sally and get it done. Nothing is going to blow up, the motor will be fine, and the dealer can't really do anything about it

I've been programmed since the car was at 1100 miles. I'd have gone straight from the dealer to get it done, but the TSI software wasn't out yet. I went and got it literally the morning it was available
let me reiterate, i'm not worried about the actual tune at all, i have full confidence in APR.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:30 PM   #36
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I've had my GIAC Stage 1 tune for over 6000k miles and have had no problems at all.
Whoa.

I think that's the most miles on any GTI ever, very impressive.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:34 PM   #37
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:36 PM   #38
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240 times around the earth. Assuming those were mostly highway miles, the 2 extra mpg they say you get with a tune saved him 14,000 gallons of gas!
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:46 PM   #39
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He must really love his GTI, i've heard its a "drivers car" but that's ridiculous.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:50 PM   #40
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Do your research about the tuning shops near you. Obviously it's not the tune you seem to be worried about but the person or shop doing the labor. I'm not sure what shops you have in AZ but if you email APR I'm sure they will give you a shop that they recommend.

Problems always happen and we mostly hear when there are problems on the forum. It's like an airline crash. When it happens it's terrible but no one talks about all the flights per day that have gone on and on.

Find a good shop and feel comfortable with them and you will be good.

I personally had and issue with my ECU when I had it flashed. But I never really talk about it because the shop that did the flash went what I consider above and beyond to make things work.

This was also 1000 miles after I bought my car. I haven't stopped since. I'm now at about 22k miles under a year old and already K04. The tune is great the car can handle more. Just find that shop where you feel comfortable at.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:58 PM   #41
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damn, i guess i cant communicate correctly. lol doing this at work and not being able to put the time into my words is creating confusion. I'm not worried about the tune, nor the shop removing the ECU, i'm just worried about the possibility of a warranty issue arising and the dealer refusing to grant the work under warranty due to the tune.

I know they "have" to prove that the tune caused the problem, but from my experience dealers will find any way out of providing warranty work... my apprehension comes from there being a easy scapegoat for the dealer to blame the problem on.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:03 PM   #42
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If you are this worried, just drive it stock until you hit the warranty expiration then you'll have nothing holding you back.

As many others have stated though, the engine can handle much more than the stock power output and the majority of warranty claims are other random things like A/C, bushings, radios, etc. that are still covered.

If you are still undecided... I vote don't get it.
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