December 14, 2014
A World of Difference
As much as I loved my stock V6, and as sexy as it looked, it was never exactly a powerhouse. Acceleration was disappointing, torque was weak and shifts would stall and constantly kick in a second AFTER I needed them (it is an automatic, unfortunately). After reading some of the reviews on here, I decided to cave and try out the tuner.
First, let me say--I went right for the 93 octane race tune. With gas as cheap as it is now, I can fill up on no ethanol 93 for less than I'd pay for 87 a few months back, so I took the plunge and I'm so glad I did. The engine note is throatier and deeper even when just idling, and the first thing passengers mention when I take them on a joyride to show off the difference is how it 'sounds like a V8' (it doesn't quite, but the improvement from stock is still night and day). Throttle response went from lethargic to immediate, and every shift is immediate, smooth, and without hesitation--a complete 180 from stock. Acceleration left me screaming words in excitement that aren't allowed to be posted in this review, with 0-60 runs absolutely throwing me back in my seat like I thought this car never could! I've gone from feeling like I'm pulling teeth to get the acceleration I need to having to exercise extreme caution every time I hit the gas to not zoom way past the speed limit. Before I got used to it, I actually screeched the tires going 0-30 from a complete stop. All my buddies have given the change similarly glowing reviews and bug me to drive them all the time, always insisting I take the way with the highest speed limits.
Honestly, it feels like a different car, in the best way possible. All my gripes about the V6 have been fixed, and I don't even mind so much it being automatic since the race tune has so far known exactly when to shift with perfect precision. You won't get better horsepower to dollar ratio than this, but the difference goes far beyond the '19+ hp' promised in the description, at least in an auto. Every single aspect of this car is transformed for the better, to the point where even just driving to the grocery store and back at the speed limit is a fun experience. Stop waffling and buy it. If you can't afford it, just skip dinner for a month or something. So worth it.