Poll of the month - How do you feel about BMW anti-tuning?
This is our question of the month for September 2010. BMW is increasingly taking measures to make it difficult to tune the cars. This goes against the very spirit of BimmerBoost and the BMW enthusiast. We don't want them to continue taking control away from us as well as hurting the aftermarket. We do understand the need for BMW to protect themselves from people who abuse leases, but what about the person who intends to buy and keep the car? Should they not have the option to buy with an unrestricted ECU foregoing partial aspects of the warranty?
If BMW keeps this up, I may end up in a different car. Even Mercedes is rumored to be getting in on this with ECU's that won't be tuneable. American manufacturers embrace enthusiasts, Ford is offering factory supercharger options for the Mustang GT. If a user wants to get really crazy with it, they can forego their warranty and get a max performance setup. Ford gives users the choice. Chevy even allows performance engine owners to build their motors themselves if they want to. BMW is making changes that are best for their bottom line but spit in the face of their most loyal, dedicated fans. The best BMW has done for us is offer some Motorsport parts but those hardly consist of superchargers or turbos. How do you feel about it?