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Old 05-18-17, 04:16 AM   #11
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Plus, people start having issues once they go stage 1 anyways. Why risk it? Keep it under warranty, get a new engine.. break it in and then tune it, atleast, that's what I'm planning to do if my engine decides to take a dump.
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I agree! Everything is great until you run into an issue. I had a permanent cel pop up after flashing stage 3 ots map, and had to get the ecu replaced. Luckily i was honest and they did it under warranty. Just something to think about if you're going just with a stage 1 map, because weird issues do pop up. Many people have no problems, but i did...Car is doing great now tho. lol

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Old 05-18-17, 03:59 PM   #12
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BrenTuning FTW.

Op, I was in your shoes... I've owned multiple Mazdaspeeds and WRXs, multiple stages. This car was the first one that I was satisfied with the stock performance and decided to "keep it stock". Annnd bearing 3 went just over 36,000 miles and engine was replaced by Subaru. Car is a daily driver and I just don't need Stage 2+. I had an early version of the OTS map wayyy back in 2014 for about 300 miles and just wasn't impressed, so I unmarried and sold the AP.

After the engine went... I mainly wanted a tune that wouldn't lean out like the stock tune, and something that I could keep an eye on, so I bought another AP. Decided to do an e-tune since the tuners in my area (major Baltimore area tuners, do the math) were reluctant with pro tuning a stock car and wanted me to do Stage 2.

Saw that BrenTuning thread and contacted them, and I can say without a doubt their Stage 1 etune is 100% worth it. The car feels better, there's no knock readings, I'm getting about 1 mpg in average, and the added torque pull is a very nicely added bonus. That thread they posted is truth.
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BrenTuning FTW.

Op, I was in your shoes... I've owned multiple Mazdaspeeds and WRXs, multiple stages. This car was the first one that I was satisfied with the stock performance and decided to "keep it stock". Annnd bearing 3 went just over 36,000 miles and engine was replaced by Subaru. Car is a daily driver and I just don't need Stage 2+. I had an early version of the OTS map wayyy back in 2014 for about 300 miles and just wasn't impressed, so I unmarried and sold the AP.

After the engine went... I mainly wanted a tune that wouldn't lean out like the stock tune, and something that I could keep an eye on, so I bought another AP. Decided to do an e-tune since the tuners in my area (major Baltimore area tuners, do the math) were reluctant with pro tuning a stock car and wanted me to do Stage 2.

Saw that BrenTuning thread and contacted them, and I can say without a doubt their Stage 1 etune is 100% worth it. The car feels better, there's no knock readings, I'm getting about 1 mpg in average, and the added torque pull is a very nicely added bonus. That thread they posted is truth.

Thanks for the reply. I'll definitely look into this. Problems with these cars is that there are so many options. Stage 1, stage 1+, Stage 2, protunes, etunes. Decisions decisions LOL
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Old 05-19-17, 07:44 AM   #14
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BrenTuning FTW.

Op, I was in your shoes... I've owned multiple Mazdaspeeds and WRXs, multiple stages. This car was the first one that I was satisfied with the stock performance and decided to "keep it stock". Annnd bearing 3 went just over 36,000 miles and engine was replaced by Subaru. Car is a daily driver and I just don't need Stage 2+. I had an early version of the OTS map wayyy back in 2014 for about 300 miles and just wasn't impressed, so I unmarried and sold the AP.

After the engine went... I mainly wanted a tune that wouldn't lean out like the stock tune, and something that I could keep an eye on, so I bought another AP. Decided to do an e-tune since the tuners in my area (major Baltimore area tuners, do the math) were reluctant with pro tuning a stock car and wanted me to do Stage 2.

Saw that BrenTuning thread and contacted them, and I can say without a doubt their Stage 1 etune is 100% worth it. The car feels better, there's no knock readings, I'm getting about 1 mpg in average, and the added torque pull is a very nicely added bonus. That thread they posted is truth.
Thanks for the kind words, we really appreciate the feedback.

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Thanks for the reply. I'll definitely look into this. Problems with these cars is that there are so many options. Stage 1, stage 1+, Stage 2, protunes, etunes. Decisions decisions LOL
I mean it just comes down to what kind of budget you want to work with. The nice thing about e-tuning is that I can discount future tuning/parts purchases if you want more power down the road and it's not as cost prohibitive as dyno tuning. This allows the cost to be affordable going stage 1, then intake, then exhaust etc etc. The sky is the limit with these cars as you know, with proven modification paths and solid tuning, you can make the car more reliable than stock with substantially more power .

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