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      10-11-2011, 01:33 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Review: DTUK CRD-T box for 2007 330D

Let me start by saying Iíve owned and driven both remapped and boxed diesels before, and Iím fully aware of all the pros and cons for each option. However, in my experience, the box felt faster than the remap, despite having almost identical figures on paper, and I can only assume thatís to do with the way the power is delivered.

The other factor thatís swayed me towards a box again, is the new MOT regulations. Nobodyís quite sure yet what exactly they will and wonít be able to see, do or check, but there is a specific reference to alterations to the ECU Ė and I thought a box that could be physically removed was a better option.

The CRD-T box has 4 pre-loaded maps, each with different manipulations of fuelling and boost levels, and then each of these maps is adjustable by +/- 10,20 or 30% to fine tune it to suit each individual car.

Map 1

This is the Ďbasicí CRD-T map. First impressions are VERY good. The usual sluggish response before the turbo spools up has completely disappeared; the car feels responsive and lively with even the lightest squeeze of the throttle. The first mile of my drive to work is uphill, over speed humps, and itís always felt like Iíve had to work the cold engine quite hard with the constant speeding up and slowing down. This morning, the car sailed over that section, never having to raise the revs, as there was so much more torque, even at 1000rpm.

And then I got onto the dual carriageway and put my foot down that instant power delivery didnít disappoint, and it pulled strongly right through to 4k rpm, when I looked at the speedo and realised I was in license losing territory

Contrary to what I thought, and something that Iím very happy about, it doesnít seem to have affected the accuracy of the OBC at all. I know that a round trip to work would always return 35mpg previously, and after resetting the trip computer before leaving home, it showed 37.1mpg arriving back at home 40 miles later Ė even after driving a bit harder than I normally would, just enjoying the extra power available. If that continues, thatís going to be extra miles out of every tank Ė the box will pay for itself in no time!

Map 2

This map has the same boost levels as Map 1, but slightly increased fuelling. Despite this, it doesnít feel quite as responsive under light throttle, or quite as smooth as Map 1. The difference is noticeable once you put your foot down though, the power comes in even harder OBC showed 39.6mpg for the same journey, which is an outstanding increase in economy given the power hike, but I think for my driving style, and the majority of the journeys I do, Map 1 is better suited. This would better suit someone who drives hard a lot of the time, which to be fair, I donít.


Map 3

Same fuelling as Map 1 this time, but with increased boost. Instantly felt much better than Map 2, the initial responsiveness that Iíd enjoyed from Map 1 was back, and the extra boost gives a lovely smooth delivery of power right through to the redline. Typically, when Iím trying to do a comparative test, my trip to work with this map was in very heavy traffic :mad: Iíll see what the OBC says when I get home, but this is almost definitely the one Iím going to stick with. It suits my driving style and the car perfectly.

Map 4

This map has no extra boost at all Ė itís just increased fuelling, the same as (presumably) the CRD2 or Red/Green boxes. TBH Iím not going to try this one, it seems counterintuitive to run a 1-channel map on a box that can manage 2. Iím sure thereís a reason for having it, but with 3 other choices, I donít feel like Iím missing out

Now Iíve decided Iím sticking with Map 3, I need to adjust the power to get the most out of the box. I'll try +10% tomorrow, then +20% if that doesnít cause any problems. Then I need to think about telling the insurersÖ Gulp!

All in all, a great big for DTUK, Andrew himself, and the CRD-T box.
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I've always preferred straight re-maps in previous cars - but I found after the first few months, the fuel economy plummeted. Really badly. My E46 330cd dropped to 29mpg around town - and couldn't manage over 41-42mpg on a motorway. The Mk5 GTi was the same - first few months, there were encouraging signs of the fuel economy increasing by 4-5mpg - then after a year it started dropping below 20mpg!

My 330d has a tuning box also, it has managed a consistent 38mpg around town and will do 48-50mpg on a 20+mile motorway run.

Personally, I can't tell the difference between re-maps and box's - in terms of power delivery. How good or bad they are for the engine is debatable - but I will say this, why would any company even think of selling a device with a 5 year engine warranty, or however long it may be, if they had any idea's it would damage the engine?
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Be careful in this shitty weather mate - 500ib's ft of torque is pretty dangerous in the ever increasing greasy conditions. Just tonight, i prodded the accelerator on a slight curve, in 4th doing 45ish and the back started sliding.

good luck and enjoy.
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Good point - I'll see how it goes but I may consider taking it off when the weather gets really bad.
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You say increased boost, is this a new device that doesnt plug in to the fuel rail?
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Great write up Paul, and glad to hear that you've experimented with the various files too


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I've always preferred straight re-maps in previous cars - but I found after the first few months, the fuel economy plummeted. Really badly. My E46 330cd dropped to 29mpg around town - and couldn't manage over 41-42mpg on a motorway. The Mk5 GTi was the same - first few months, there were encouraging signs of the fuel economy increasing by 4-5mpg - then after a year it started dropping below 20mpg!

My 330d has a tuning box also, it has managed a consistent 38mpg around town and will do 48-50mpg on a 20+mile motorway run.

Personally, I can't tell the difference between re-maps and box's - in terms of power delivery. How good or bad they are for the engine is debatable - but I will say this, why would any company even think of selling a device with a 5 year engine warranty, or however long it may be, if they had any idea's it would damage the engine?
We dont offer a 5 year engine warranty, but do have product liability insurance in place, for an occasion that a module causes damage.

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You say increased boost, is this a new device that doesnt plug in to the fuel rail?
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Good point - I'll see how it goes but I may consider taking it off when the weather gets really bad.
after running the same kit on our 335D i would suggest replacing the module with the blanking plug Paul, as the extra torque will be wasted when the white stuff hits the roads
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You say increased boost, is this a new device that doesnt plug in to the fuel rail?
The system connects to the turbo pressure sensor, as well as the common rail. Increases the boost slightly, as well as increasing the fuelling.
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Nice, how much extra pressure can you (safely) fool the ECU in to letting it run?
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Well, map 3 +10% worked beautifully, I'll try the +20% tomorrow and see.
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Great write up Paul, appreciate the effort you have gone to. Im so wanting one of these but i might wait until spring when the weather starts to get better. It will be a waste to have the box but not have it connected. Sounds great though.
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Well, map 3 +10% worked beautifully, I'll try the +20% tomorrow and see.
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Map 3 +20% is great too. Oodles of power, love driving all over again consumption for that tankful wasn't great - 33 compared to my normal 35mpg, but I did have a couple of long journeys stuck in traffic. I'll try again with this tankful and see how it goes, but in terms of driving pleasure, it's an absolute winner.
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Nice write up!

Thx for sharing the knowledge.
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In the interests of fairness, I though it only right I should add that my engine management light came on tonight as I floored it, joining the motorway. I'll give it overnight and see what happens, but it's possible that even after having it fitted for a few weeks with no problems I may have to go back to the +10% setting.
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New year update

Whatever that EML was, it hasn't happened again. The car is running beautifully, way too much torque for the winter tyres though

Consumption is absolutely unchanged since I fitted the box. Trip computer is showing 5-10% more mpg, but calculating it brim to brim, I'm getting exactly the same 35mpg I always did.

The only question now is what next? Brakes don't need replacing for another (idrive estimated) 20k, so I'm loathe to waste all that perfectly good pad material unnecessarily. Suspension feels OK, but the car's on 93k now and it's probably getting tired. I quite fancy the M3 subframe bushes, but if I'm dropping the subframe I may as well fit M3 (or equivalent) ARBs while I'm there. That's about £300 on parts and a hefty labour charge - I don't fancy pressing bushes or dropping the subframe on my driveway.

Then there will be no point having all that fitted without replacing the dampers and springs, so there's another £600, but those I'll fit myself.

Decisions, decisions...
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Just read this thread for the first time. Being a fellow 330D owner I always had my doubts about tuning box's. Seems they have come on along way in the last few years. Be interesting to see some dyno results of the various different settings you have available!

Very happy with my Evolve map, too early to say if the fuel consumption has improved but its currently sitting on 38mpg, best i've ever had is 34mpg so we'll see how it changes at the next fill up!

One thing that i'm interested in is the DPF delete, might not be for everyone but for few extra horses and not to mention MPG increase it might be something i'm looking into over the next 6 months.

LSD might be something else to look at but there not cheap!!
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Yeah, DPF delete I'm saving for as and when I have a problem with it. I can write it off in my moral chequebook as essential maintenance that way
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where is the best place to get the dpf deleated
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Won't the DPF delete now fail the MOT...(which is a good thing IMO) 330d's shouldn't blow smoke and it wold make those lovely pipes all dirty
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It shouldn't do - cat removal is a fail, because it interferes with the emissions on a petrol engine. From the MOT manual Section 7.4 on the VOSA website:

http://www.transportoffice.gov.uk/cr...sandguides.htm

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1. The exhaust emits dense blue or clearly visible black smoke for a period of 5 seconds at idle

2. The exhaust emits dense blue or clearly visible black smoke during acceleration which would obscure the view of other road users

Note: The criterion is density and not volume of smoke. The description ‘dense smoke’ includes smoke or vapour which largely obscures vision.
A well maintained engine shouldn't produce anywhere near that quanity of smoke.
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It shouldn't do - cat removal is a fail, because it interferes with the emissions on a petrol engine. From the MOT manual Section 7.4 on the VOSA website:

http://www.transportoffice.gov.uk/cr...sandguides.htm



A well maintained engine shouldn't produce anywhere near that quanity of smoke.
jeez, that is so daft that a cat removal is a fail, but a DPF isn't.

DPF stops all those dangerous (to people's lungs) small particles getting released... shame
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