April 07, 2014
wish I would have got it when i bought the car new!
ok, like many others I was hesitant on purchasing the tuner,....I wasn't sure if it would make much difference,... would you actually notice a difference?, would it be worth it for whatever minimal gains?
my car is a 2011 v6 convertible with an automatic and GT500 take off mufflers.
I read all the reviews ,etc.. finally bit the bullet and decided to give it a shot after debating on it a year.
I was hoping to at least pick up some of the torque that I felt had been lost after changing the exhaust to the axle backs, and if I could pick up some mpg that would be a bonus. I had also read about the improved shifting and thought that would be nice as well, if it would indeed clean it up.
I didn't want to write a review until I'd had a chance to try a couple of the tunes and go thru at least several tanks of gas, doing my normal back and forth drives, and a few weekend trips.to get a real idea on mileage and drivability.
so, on to my impressions-
I first loaded the 89 street tune with the eliminated skip shift. went to run a few errands and give the car a chance to warm to normal temp. the 1st thing I noticed was vastly different shifting. the shifts were clean and noticeably precise over the stock feel. on this improvement alone, the tuner would be worth a look.
the tuner enhanced the low end torque where the V6 mustang needs it, I think it was pretty happy to rev without assistance, but until you got it in the meat of the power band, it wasn't as snappy. now with the tune..... hold on. it really will toss you back into the seat and try to jump sideways!
the majority of my driving it from off idle to maybe 3500 if that. I'm not a kid romping it every stop light, albeit a 50 year old kid maybe with this tune in... even out on the highway passing, it drops down and goes. seemingly no shortage throughout the power band now.
as for mileage,...sure, you could possible squeak out a little more 1-2 mpg if you can behave yourself, don't look for it in town driving. my mileage has changed slightly to another 20-30 miles per tank. not tremendous, but decent for the way you'll find yourself wanting to "play" more.
Next I loaded the 89 performance tune,.....honestly I couldn't wait to go back to the street tune, but I gave it a full tank to be sure of my impressions. it didn't have the same feel down low, and really wasn't that impressive higher in the revs, at least to me. I may try it again sometime just to see,although you do feel more pull on the highway/interstate when you hammer it,and it seems to hold in whatever gear a bit longer.
overall- it's definitely worth buying if just for the improvement in drivability. if your buying for mileage alone, don't bother, if you want to increase the fun factor- buy it yesterday!