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Thought I'd share my thoughts after having my van remapped a few months ago, since then I've covered a few thousand miles - so this is a review after plenty of usage rather than just the fun drive home. (Dorset to Santa Pod, Cornwall, Devon, Essex, across to France and Le Mans, plus usual local running around).

Van is a 2007 T5 84bhp with a full interior motorhome conversion.. and to say it was sluggish is a massive understatement! Every hill needed planning and preferably a run-up, overtaking anything quicker than a tractor was pretty much out of the question. One particular hill on a road I use often, the A31 westbound climbing up onto the New forest, always involved as long a run up as traffic conditions would allow - yet I'd still barely manage to hold 60 by the top despite dropping to 4th and keeping the throttle nailed to the floor the whole time!

Now however, the same hill can be cruised up at a constant 70 in top, overtaking can happen, the traction control actually has to intervene otherwise one or other of the front wheels will light up it's 275/40/20's when pulling away rapidly. The idle is smoother, pulling away on part throttle is effortless and it cruises very easily at motorway speeds with less engine noise. Basically there is so much more torque the engine no longer feels like it's labouring under the weight - ever.

Nominally it has gone from 84 to 138 bhp and torque from 200 to 328Nm. But frankly it feels like even more when driving.

Terry of Pendle performace did the work, scanned my ECU, checked various things, test drove, reflashed etc etc etc and finished the whole job in about 1.5 hours. Top quality service and the difference is AMAZING. Frankly I wish I'd had this done the day I bought it as the remapped motor makes a mockery of the factory "puny tune "version.

As a bonus it averages 10% more economical too, brim to brim, so after a while it will pay for itself in reduced fuel consumption!

Thus far I've seen no negatives, all positives and can't rate this any higher. Speak to Terry and fix your slow van!
 

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One thing I found out recently from the knowledgable folk on here is that the 84 has a longer service interval for cam belt, so make sure you get it changed mor frequently than garage would think is necessary (assuming they can't tell it's remapped). Mine is stock so not sure if they can tell? From memory think the 84 is 80k as opposed to 60k on higher bhp models
 

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Thanks Martin. How do you tune them yourself? Is it in person or remotely via technology?
All Pendle dealers are provided with equipment and training from me personally, with this equipment they are able to live datalog the vehicle and also read the software from the vehicles engine control unit... these are then sent to me...

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