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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 02-11-2007, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ebay performance chip?

Has anyone bought one of these cheap chips off ebay, they are like $39.95? I know the good ones are a lot more, just curious if these work.
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yea there's a few of us on here that have ebay chips....

I think everyone I've talked to hasn't had any problems with them...

With my ebay chip there's more power...more torque....and less gas mileage....


I like the power but I'm getting a good 40 miles less to the tank...

All in all....I think there good chips...
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Please dont say its a Intake air temp sensor chip or is it the eprom chip!

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Please dont say its a Intake air temp sensor chip!
ECU chip.
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chips

Thanks for the info, most say they are ok, the snobby ones say buy the expensive chips, but we weren't all born with a silver spoon.
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^^^ yea, from what I understand about the ebay chips is that they are exact copies of the high end chips....

so who really knows if theres a difference...
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Yeah, I got an ebay Dinan copy chip for my old 525i and I noticed a big difference.
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Please dont say its a Intake air temp sensor chip or is it the eprom chip!
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less gas mileage? all these chips do is lean out the fuel curve...i went from getting 25mpg overall for a tank, to 28mpg overall for a tank in my Eta

crazy that you saw a loss...maybe not...i dunno, maybe you drive it harder now?
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^^^ yea that's an possibility.....it might also be that I installed it right when the weather started to change to winter....maybe the cold had more to do with it then the chip.....I haven't had the chip in for a summer yet....we'll see here in a few months...
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I bought a used Dinan Chip on ebay. $40
For -173 ECU, works awesome.
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I've had luck so far. Had one in my 325i and my 535i. First showed some engine codes, but did no more than a warning light. I say go for it, no problems here.
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mine works fine too..saved me $200
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i got mine brand new FROM DINAN for $90

Never lost to an i or iS since

oh except for alex...he has a modded M50 in his E30, and around 80mph he was pulling on me like a freight train and flew past me
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$90, really??

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mine was gonna cost me $250
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