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07-17-2009, 08:40 AM
I'm planning on chipping my 2000 1.8t (tip). Question, can it be flashloaded or do I have to get the actual chip put in my ECU?

07-17-2009, 08:43 AM

07-17-2009, 09:19 AM
Cool, thanks!

07-17-2009, 10:38 AM
I believe there is a benefit to a soldered on chip vs. flash. It has to do with whether you can change maps on the fly (while you are driving). My brothers 2000 has the APR soldered on chip and he can change maps anytime, even while the car is moving. Although it is not recommended. My 2001 has the flash loaded APR chip and I have to turn the car off and back on in order to switch maps. I can't be sure, but I would assume this is the case for a flash loaded 2000 model year ECU as well.

While it is not that big a deal, he can switch to chipped mode at a traffic light no problem, while it is a bit harder for me.

On the contrary, soldering inside the ECU also opens the door for failure down the road.

07-17-2009, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the info. I don't see being able to switch while driving as a big deal. I can't wait to get it done. Stock is so slow!

07-17-2009, 11:26 AM
I had a 2001 apr flashloaded ecu. I had the option to switch programs from the cruise control stalk. I could change the program on the fly without turning the car on and off... Flashloaded is the way to go. It is faster and there is less chance of ruining your ecu by soldering on sockets...

07-17-2009, 12:02 PM
I am pretty sure that DBW APR software is flashloaded anyways, so there is no soldering of a chip. And they are currently having a sale for $500 for all 4 programs (I am thinking it is the Waterfest special). Clicky Click (http://www.goapr.com/products/ecu_upgrade_a418t.html)

07-17-2009, 12:13 PM
just called the APR dealer near me and they are telling me there is a labor charge $50

07-17-2009, 12:24 PM
There was supposed to be a $50 labor charge when I had mine done on the TT. It depends on who does it for you I guess, he ended up not charging me for it.

07-17-2009, 02:00 PM
Getting mine done tomorrow and they're charging $499 plus tax. No labor.

07-17-2009, 02:31 PM
why not Giac chip for $300+$50 labor? If the dealers around me can ditch the labor fee, I'd rush there to get my car chipped

07-17-2009, 03:12 PM
where did u see that price? DBW chips cost more

07-17-2009, 03:48 PM
where did u see that price? DBW chips cost more

oh sorry, i was refering to aeb