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Does anyone know anything about superchips for the ibiza ? I've heard that 180bhp and 230bhp chips are available. Bearing in mind i dont want to invalidate a warranty, how is the chip fittted ? Is it like the Ford CVH ones in that its in the diagnostic port so can be easily removed for service etc??
Most chipping is done in biggy-back: the remapped chip is placed inline with the existing ECU to deliver different fueling/ignition curves.
You'd have to ask the specific company about their implementation for that particular model. In the past I've heard of cracking open the Engine Controller (on Fiats) through to plugging a dongle into the diagnostic socket (on Fords).
Give the company a call - I'm sure they will help if they think they'll make a sale
Cheers. I have emailed auto-amd about it - they're only 20mins up the road from me too.
There was an Ibiza Cupra in Performance VW magazine, it was running 210bhp, and it was fully SEAT approved, and still covered under the warranty.
Cant remember the company, even though I should do...RSD, I think.....they slapped there "RSD210" badge all over the car.
But for £1500, you got an induction kit, full stainless exhaust system and the chip.
Not bad for an extra 54bhp, I'm sure you'll agree http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/smile.gif
Even though I'd like the full 230bhp...
[This message has been edited by ModdedCars (edited 21 May 2001).]
the oettinger conversion isn't SEAT approved, they provide a warrentee for all the stuff SEAT UK won't cover (to do with the engine mod)
i think the similar conversion by AmD is loads cheaper & has 1 year cover. its pluggged as a 195, but gives more every time.
also the Oetinger 210 only gives 210 with a tonne of octane booster & super unleaded.
Lets see if we can get SEAT in here to comment. Perhaps we can get some answers as to what we can, and cant do http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/smile.gif
Superchips and AMD chips are not piggy-back - the standard chip is desoldered and removed, then the new remapped chip is soldered in its place.
a piggy back chip is a chip that has its own separate housing, and conects into the ECU then just bosses it about to get the results you want. this is the removable type.
currently the most affordable piggy back chip is the UNICHIP (£300) - available from star performance. see commercial links page on this site.
other complete engine management systems are available from the likes of MoTeC, but they cost like £3000 !
hope this helps.
Lee, thats a great idea to get SEAT in here coz im sure theres a few things we'd like to be 100% sure on.
I'd be bloody impressed if you can get SEAT UK to post on this board - it usually takes them best part of a week to log an email, and then over a month to reply.....
As for getting definitive answers, last time I discussed the warranty implications of modifications (I shared the info on the smartgroups site) when I was worried about lowering mine, they basically told me that any modification COULD invalidate the warranty on any associated systems, e.g. a set of wheels could invalidate warranties on transmission, suspension, steering, brakes and any other associated parts. Ultimately, it's at the discretion of the dealer handling the warranty claim, but the official SEAT line is that any modification will invalidate the warranty on the modified system, it's subsystems and any other connected parts. B*stards. They're almost as bad as insurance companies, but that's a whole new debate...
I have posted a link to this disscusion to SEAT again. Hopefully we can get a reply.
Remeber, we may not agree with their answer, so no Flamming if they are nice enough to reply.
What i might add, is it seems most of SEAT UK's high up management are cruising the streets in modified Leons running in excess of 215bhp some even more.
As i've said before it seems to be do as I say not as I do where SEAT UK are concerned, tbh couldn't care less if they replied or not, they take way too long to answer any emails and then they are usually negative.
I get miles more sense out of my dealer, they always try to help and advise me, they are also fairly pro mod, i think they'd draw the line at me having the engine rechipped etc. http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/smile.gif
But they like the wheels and have no trouble with anything else i've done like Exhaust etc.
Things like Exhaust anyway are wearable items and are only covered for the first 12 months anyway so its no skin of their nose if you put a different one on.
The only thing my dealer said was if the CAT was to fail then it might be an issue that SEAT could throw back. http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/tongue.gif
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Funny you should say that about exhausts - I was checking the book the other night as my '99 Ibiza is coming up to it's 30000 mile service and has started making a couple of exhausty type noises. Exhausts are not listed as exclusions, only service items, tyres and bulbs are listed. Hopefully it's only the manifold heat shield and the guard that fits over the cat that have started to come adrift... I'd look a bit deeper into it but it's booked in for the service this weekend anyway.
We replace exhausts under warranty , have done clutches too , but only done some on LOW mileage cars so far so i dont know the full regs with them ...... OI swinny gis a hand chappy ...this ones for you http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/smile.gif http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/smile.gif http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/smile.gif