5 December 2019
- long read - kinda
Recently I came over to the dark side from my previous 2015 Golf R with a APR Stage 1 and TCU tune.
I now have a 2012 Touareg 3.0L TDI. It is a reconditioned buy back that I got last weekend from a VW dealer, not CPO. 29 November 2019.
It has 80k, which leaves me with the 10 year / 120k mile emissions warranty for a good bit.
I live in Florida, where we don't have State emissions testing.
I've pondered the idea of a piggy back tune (RaceChip / VR Tuning Box). The TDI community seems to say stay away, but the BMW and VW MQB communities will do similar BurgerMotorposrt JB4 all day.
I'm also looking at Kerma, but if I do the emissions delete, then it is almost wasted because the vehicle might go into limp mode plus check engine light issues. No emissions delete coding for their tunes ?♂
Then there is delete kits from Rawtek + Molone tune. The Rawtek configuration is the most expensive, bar far.
I read that the emissions delete is easier on the engine components therefore increased reliability and fuel economy. Then there's the leave it alone option ride out the emissions warranty for the parts that will most likely fail, which all end up getting deleted anyway, because the parts that will most likely fail are all emission parts.
- Because of the warranty, Is why I am looking at piggy back tunes. Non-detectable to the dealer according to the MQB community