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Thread: Freelander 2 TD4 computer chip

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Canberra
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    ECU upgrade - fail

    As suggested, left the 110kw/420nm TD4 Freelander 2 run out of warranty before trying to upgrade. Was wondering about the new-ish Discovery Sport - but they're $60,000 for 138kw/380nm (if memory serves) - actually, no faster. (Probably handle better). Seemed like a result from a $700-$1300 upgrade would serve.
    1. Dropped it off at Coopers (been going there 5+ years) for service and upgrade. (Friday)
    2. Picked up car - new 'chip' "should be able to feel a seat-of-pants difference at the first lights" (I didn't.) No chart on dyno before/after available ("printer problems").
    3. Sunday: 20km later - still in Sydney - had this weird 'I dropped the clutch' response to taking foot off brake (it's an auto).
    4. Monday - back to Coopers. Tested - nothing found amiss. No codes from ECU.
    5. Drove on - 5km back towards Canberra - engine light came on. Frighteningly - with a moment of 'zero throttle response'. Came good, back to Coopers. "We've never seen a car where the dyno didn't find the problem before going on the road before."
    6. Coopers refunded the $ for the new chip ($700+) and reinstalled the old one.
    7. Car ran fine; back in Canberra.

    * I keep hearing that these motors can be tuned (easily) for about plus 35kw and plus 50nm. Also, the gearbox is rated for 470nm.

    * Also - getting weird rattle from engine bay - not heat-shields; Coopers tightened most obvious things - only happens briefly on slow-take-off, and not always. Sounded like cutlery loose or some such.

    Anyone able to advise re engine upgrade? Please note: I'm no true lead-foot, but we do take it seriously off-road from time to time. Reliability is paramount. More economy and the other plus-plus would be nice.

  2. #12
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    Jan 2011
    Location
    Canberra
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    2nd update - still canvassing

    Contacted 'Roo Systems' (Gold Coast based) about their upgrades.

    They did make clear to me (an info upgrade?) that what they do (and what Coopers tried to do) was an engine re-map, not a chip-insert.

    Local agent was ACT Offroad; price was $1695.
    * Which seemed steep.
    * And - does anyone know - are they any good?
    ** only feedback I've had so far is 'pricey, and not as good as they think they are'.
    * Given that Coopers, LR specialists, had problems with 'my particular car' - would it be smarter to just settle for current adequacy?

    Advice welcomed...

    Phideaux

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Milton nsw
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    6

    Chip

    An old thread, any experience with Chip My Diesel?

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Canberra
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    Still looking, still nervous

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevvy View Post
    An old thread, any experience with Chip My Diesel?
    I found that the 'problem' that thwarted the Cooper's re-map was probably a fuel filter. I looked up how to do that on-line and decided it was beyond my spine, if not beyond my spanners. That done - hasn't missed a beat. And running reasonably well.

    Looked up 'chip my diesel' and stumbled across yet another series of dire warnings. Nothing product-specific. Does this answer your thread?

    Cheers,

    Phideaux

  5. #15
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    Sep 2017
    Location
    Milton nsw
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    Yes, I guess. I like my petrol decision

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