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    Posted: 15-Dec-2006 at 01:25
Hello all,
I just got a 02 W8. The car is beautiful; black on black, tiptronic (it was very hard to leave stick until I test drove this car), with a Hofele spoiler, and Remus exhaust. The problem: Maybe it's because I'm not used to automatic, but it seems to really lag off the line. Yes, it has plenty of POWER once it actually kicks in! Will a chip be a good remedy for this problem? Are chips safe for your car? Thank you everybody. This is a great resource for people of good taste in cars!
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http://www.giacusa.com/
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  Quote BlueSteW8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Dec-2006 at 11:21
GIAC chip eliminates that pesky 1st gear "soft" rev limiter.
Good modification, but consider locking the Tip in sports mode too. Makes a real difference in the upshifts, especially 1st to 2nd.
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  Quote 02W8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Dec-2006 at 22:50
Thank you for the help.
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Great. Thanks to all for the help.
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  Quote 02W8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Dec-2006 at 22:54
Oh, by the way, I have noticed a substantial difference when driving the car with the tip. So you are definitely right about that. But just one more question:
Is the chip ever harmful to the car? Are there any reasons why I might not want to get one?

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  Quote 02W8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Dec-2006 at 23:08
Great! Irvine, CA isn't that far from me. It will be worth the drive. Thanks for the recommendation.
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  Quote jbhashem Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Dec-2006 at 22:22
How does one lock the car in sports mode?
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  Quote BlueSteW8 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Dec-2006 at 15:25
VAG-COM - takes less than 5 minutes, and is 100% reversible.
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  Quote jbhashem Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Dec-2006 at 19:34
Thanks. I've seen mention of this on passatworld...is it something that I just need to have programmed without having to buy one?
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