View Full Version : ECU Flash - has it caused you warranty issues?
There are lots of posts that ECU flash *could* cause a warranty claim to be rejected, but I don't hear much feedback from anyone that ECU flash *has* caused a warranty claim to be rejected.
Has anyone had issues with warranty, or is much of the debate focussed around what could happen vs what people are typically seeing happen. I'm planning to get APR Stage I regardless, and I have 3.5yrs or warranty remaining. [:d]
12-18-2010, 10:11 AM
I have APR, I just put it back into stock mode and lock it whenever I bring my car to the dealer. They haven't said anything to me yet.
12-18-2010, 10:44 AM
never. I flashed my first Avant @ 2000 miles...and to over a 120 K miles, never had an issue. This car...I think 1500 miles - Flashed. Heading towards 13 K miles. No issues. Quite a few at my dealership know my cars had a few things done to it...they're pretty cool about it.
But it's like everybody's normal until you get to know them :) things are never an issue until they are...an issue. If the warranty issue can be legitamently connecyed to something you did to the car by way of mod - it's on you. Otherwise no problemo. In my experience over the years of modding Audi's I've never had an issue. Could it happen? I guess...
I think the chances are very slim myself...& worth every frig'n penny. forgot to mention that part! :)
12-18-2010, 11:08 AM
Has anyone had issues with warranty, or is much of the debate focussed around what could happen vs what people are typically seeing happen.[:d]
The only part of the debate that is fact is what has happened to those who have had a warranty issue and also had an ECU flash.
And then there is everything else. Although much of the positive arguments will probably end up being true, they are nothing but pure speculation.
If retaining your warranty is a major concern of yours, the only true option is getting the STaSIS ECU flash at a supporting local Audi dealership.
But, we don't need to rehash that topic........ [:|]
12-18-2010, 12:16 PM
There are at least a couple cases on here when either engine trouble or ecu trouble was not covered by warranty due to aftermarket mods. Warranty issues can happen, but chances are slim. I am almost certain every tuning shop will make you sign some disclaimer for the tune because the tune leaves it open to AOA to mess with your warranty. That's all legalese and doesn't reflect that you will have a problem. Just cya I guess.
Btw there is a stasis $100 off sale right now. Still expensive for what it is though.
12-19-2010, 04:03 PM
I flashed my car 2 weeks after I got it. I bought it CPO from the local dealer. I have been to the dealer several times for various things and always put it in stock mode. They have never said anything to me about it. Works like a dream and goes fast as stink as well. [evilsmile]
12-19-2010, 05:02 PM
I had GIAC software on my old MKIV GTI. Blew the turbo at ~85,000 miles and the dealership replaced it under 100,000 mile power-train warranty no problems.
I have APR software on my A4, and it has been in dealership for small issues never once have they asked me if it was chipped.
In the end, I think it all comes down to the dealership's attitude towards mods.