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From an email received 18 Oct, 2014: Hi Mark, First off, sorry for not getting back to you earlier. As soon as i returned I had to clear out a backlog of work and didn´t have time to install the chip. Secondly, thanks for taking the time to deal with me personally, it was much appreciated. I finally got around to installing the chip on Friday. What can I say but, BLOODY AMAZING!!! I wasn´t expecting such a marked difference from stock. It´s so much easier to drive around town and the power delivery is much improved. Even my wife commented on it. I wish i had done this sooner. I would still like to add just a little more oomph. Would you say it is worth adding lightweight flywheel and some s50 cams? Regards, Albert ( Toronto and Spain)
93 525i 5-speed with "413" DME.
From an email received 15 Sept, 2014 - car is a 2003 540i auto : Hi Mark, Please feel free to add this to your website – Kudos. I was already happy with my 2003 540i, but being used to high performance vehicles I decided to have Mark design a flash for my 540. The flash is used for 93 Octane and although I haven’t dyno tested the car, the seat of the pants response is immediate, crisp and linear torque in the middle of the RPM band, right where it should be. This translates to a constant surge of power all the way to redline, which –by the way, was raised an additional 500 at my request. I am very happy with the transformation of additional power all while remaining civilized as a four door family car. Mark is a consummate gentleman to deal with and can accommodate a tailored flash/chip at your request. You will not be disappointed.
From an email received 11 April, 2011: Can I say WOW!!! AWESOME!!! I love it. Makes driving my BMW fun. This is my first BMW. And I am used to the American muscle cars (Mopar & Ford) ….. changing cams or carbs to make horsepower….getting my hands greasy. Not this time. Does not feel like a slug anymore. Light throttle and she goes. Great customer Service!! I had a technical problem and Mark called right back and helped me thru it. Thank you Mark !! your Da Man!! Ezra 1992 525i 5-speed, with "402" DME
Posted on the bimmernut forum by DueyT on September 22, 2003 at 21:22:05:
Mark, installed the chip this weekend and is it ever nice! Whereas I would have described the car as "a bit lazy up to 4k, then snappy above 4k" I would now call it "good and solid to 4k, and HOLD ON, VANOS is kicking in to redline!" I'd be really interested in seeing a dyno comparison but there's got to be a fair bit more "oomph under the curve!" As noted by others, the idle is very smooth (but I still only start in 1st, maybe 2nd pointing downhill ;-) and the engine seems to want to rev fairly easily. Whereas before it seemed I had to push the gas pedal to make the car go, now it feels more like moving the gas pedal forward lets the car do what it wants to do...i.e. rev and go! Hard to put into exact words, but it now feels like I'm holding the reigns of a horse that just wants to bolt. I'll try and get a range of subjective "test-points" but the overall impression is that the chip now makes the car feel like it looks!
Mark, if this is the beta-chip I'm sure the finished product will be worth every penny you charge! Cheers, Duey 1995 540i/6
Posted on the bimmernut forum by Regsatx on August 12, 2003 at 21:35:15: ATTENTION GUYS: If you have an M30 engine, get this chip now!!!! If you don't, you're missing out big time. 15 minutes to install. I let it idle 10 min and headed for the nearest freeway ramp. Even with my Automatic tranny, it rocketed up that ramp on the way to the fastest 85mph it's ever done. I didn't Want a ticket, but this was delightful performance. I had this incredible feeling that a lot more power was available above 3500 rpm range but city traffic not the venue for that kind of thing. No flat spots, revs very smoothly and now I can feel a lot more torque. Also, seems gas mileage is going to get better. I noticed the mpg indicator staying at much higher levels. Went for another drive a couple hours later, it felt even stronger. Best moment of day: a new-looking, white Mercedes E-320 with what looked like non-standard 18" wheels pulled into left lane about 10 car lengths behind me. I moved to centre lane, let him get abreast and ahead just enough to see it was a 320, nailed it and went from 75mph to about 95 (only for about 20 seconds) leaving him in the proverbial dust. GET THIS CHIP IF YOU HAVE AN M30. I can only imagine what the EAT chip would do for a 5-speed! Reg in Texas 90 535i 202,000 mi.
Posted on the ROADFLY E34 forum by Chris on Aug 10, 2003 at 13:00:00:
I own an '89 535ia and until recently have been pleased with the power it produces. Well I had been hearing all this talk about engine chips and how much they improve power and torque, so I figure I should at least look into what's available out there. I came across the E.A.T. chip and noticed that it seemed to be priced less than most others... Then i noticed that people were raving about the benefits they were experiencing with this chip. Not expecting too much, I decided to go ahead and order the chip from http://www.dsylva-tech.ca Mark is a great guy to deal with and made the whole experience that much better. Anyway, the chip arrived sooner than promised and I put it in that very day. It only took my 20 mins, and I am not by any means a mechanic. I started the car and let it run for a minute or two to get the car used to the chip. I took the car for a spin and wow... I almost had to get out of the car and make sure I was still driving the same car I have been for years. This little chip is amazing... Hands down the best investment I have made since I bought the car. To anyone looking for a great performance gain in all aspects get this chip. I had a better idle, better gas mileage, smoother pull through the revs and much better response. I am still amazed every time I get in the car. GO GET THIS CHIP! yet another satisfied customer: Chris Allen '89 535ia
Posted on the maXbimmer forum by Sanjay on July 9, 2002 at 3:53am :
I just got my chip done today, and wow!! what a difference. I am kicking myself for not doing this sooner. When I first had it installed by MarkD, I could not feel a difference except that it was smoother. That was due to all of the traffic downtown. As soon as I got on the Gardiner and let it out..... damn!! My head snapped back for the first time in that car. I was so impressed I kept driving all night until now. Definitely go see Mark for more bang for your buck. He was very helpful and explained it all for me so that I knew what he was doing and what to expect. Best mod I have ever done. Sanjay 93 Mauritius Blue 320i
Posted on the bimmernut forum by Tre on April 22, 2002 at 16:34:48: I installed the E.A.T. Ultrachip in my 93 525ia (M50 w/ VANOS, DME 413) and want to share my evaluation. First I want reveal what my expectations were: I only expected to "feel" any power increases in the high end of the rpm range. Even then I thought any increase would be peaky or short lived. Aside from this, I anticipated a smoother running engine and perhaps a small improvement in gas mileage. Now, I can enthusiastically say, WOW, was I wrong! Right off the bat I noticed the car moved much easier with very little throttle. Throttle response is much improved as well. ED mode: The car feels like it has more power everywhere, not just in the upper end. The 525ia is a notorious slug from idle to 2,000 rpms. The increased torque from E.A.T. Ultrachip greatly improved this. Select the "sport" mode and the car is transformed. It accelerates much quicker and smoother from 3,400 to 6,300 rpms. Fuel mileage has improved by more than 1 MPG to date. I truly expect this to increase even further do the fact that I have been "experimenting" with the performance gains of the E.A.T. Ultrachip all too frequently. Obviously, I recommend the E.A.T. Ultrachip. Installation was quick and easy. It took me less than 30 minutes and I performed the chip swap at work, in the parking lot. This is an upgrade that definitely registers on the seat-of-your-pants dyno. If I had to broadly summarize in one sentence how my car feels with the Ultrachip, I would say, "my car feels about 750 pounds lighter".
Posted on the bimmernut forum by Themozzer on April 02, 2002 at 20:17:37: I want to take a moment to explain the very pleasant experience I had with Mark D'Sylva's E.A.T. chip. First off, Mark explained everything a "novice with money" would want to know. Mark, told me what rev limiter is, and he helped me identify my DME (computer). I have a 1991 525i M50, and the computer was a 405. Mark custom programmed the chip for me and shipped it quickly. I got the chip and I put it in, and holy crap... Did my lower gears take off. My 525i always had poor acceleration at lower gears and RPM. It was so bad that I felt like I was pulling my house behind me! My top-end speeds and acceleration was fine. Now, with the chip, I can take out rice grinders with my 4000 Lbs car! What a pleasant experience. Also something weird; much better mileage. I used to average 25.5 MPG, now I am getting 27. Same gas, same paths of travel. I don't understand how, but I don't care! Every fool who has not upgraded their chip, upgrade now. Mark will work with you to ensure that you are getting the appropriate chip and such. What is $199 anyway, you spent that much on Easter candy for your kids. -Kyle
Awesome! Outrageous! It is totally beyond belief how such a seemingly tiny little thing such as this chip could make such a HUGE difference. This is more than a 'performance chip,' it's a new way of life! 1st gear, 2nd, 3rd, what does it matter? This 2 ton behemoth flat flies like there is no tomorrow! There's plenty of increased low end torque. The factory flattened midrange is totally gone, and oh the sound. The sweet sound of effortless power. No ping, none. I'm impressed and almost feel guilty at the small price paid for such a large gain. Kudos to Mark. Now on to some wider rear wheels! John Niskey McCrea Nissan Eureka, Ca. Early '91 M5 (feedback received 28 March 2002)
I have used the E36-413R chip since August 1999 in my 325is with VANOS. This chip has amazing throttle response and top end power. I have tried other brands, this chip out did them all. I own a repair shop in Toronto specializing in BMW. This is the chip we sell. Peter www.pjcautoworks.com
re: the 90' M5 D'Sylva :
Results so far... 60 miles covered (give me a chance, its only been installed for a couple of hours!) ...initially...different. Then... smoother.. Much smoother... even changing down seems to be easier as it revs with ease.. And climbs all the way up to the top (somewhere?) in a very progressive manner.. Lots more pull low down. and the exhaust noise seems a little calmer for a few more hundred revs... then all hell breaks loose.. And the bad driver in me even managed to scrape a wheel, but no visible damage..So far.. very impressed, can't wait until tomorrow when I can drive in daylight, I'll have a greater chance of missing the kerbs! Regards Steve Maher (UK)
If you do not have one, buy one. I am VERY satisfied with this tuning. Noticeable torque increase over Shark's chip, better mileage during highway cruises at 80+, etc. Get one while you can save a buck or two. Give them as Christmas presents. Help Mark pay his wife's charge card bills. Put one in your PC and see if it will outperform a Mac. OK, I'll stop. -- brad barber peace. love. track.
Your chip was installed yesterday 10/3. It is kick butt. The chip removed was a Dinan. There is a very noticable difference in the 2000+ range. In 4th it is even more pronounced. I am extremely pleased with it. I hope somebody else has a dinan in their m5 to see if their results are similar to mine. Thanks again. Terry 1991 m5 black & bad.
Review of the E34 S38B36 M5 chip: I was fortunate enough to get the newest version of Mark's chip in the mail last Monday evening. I have been using it since Thursday. It is fabulous! My observations from switching from the Dinan chip to Mark's chip are as follows: * Power comes on strong and smooth. Especially in the typical "Dinan hole" of 1800 - 2800 rpms. I was slightly annoyed in traffic this morning and decided to give a protest "chirp" of the tires. I spun the wheels pretty good (back end slid!) I had power the minute I let off the clutch. * Rev limiter is back. I very carefully tried to "bounce" the limiter and it came on right where expected. * I have no pinging issues. We have 93 octane here in NC. Felt great with the A/C on going up a decent hill. * Idle is smoother, but exhaust still sounds great. For those of you who have ordered the chip, you in for a pleasant experience. Those that are curious and have questions, feel free to ask. -Ben Antanaitis
Greetings all, I went down to Bullet today to pick up my new tire (blow last weekend on the 5/55 interchange down here in OC, CA.) and who should I see, but Jordan. He asked if I had installed Mark's chip yet, and I sheepishly replied that it was still sitting in my garage. As an aside, I saw Dave's M5 there w/ his VERY fat tires -- nice! :) So when I got home, I was inspired (or shamed?): First impressions of the chip (only took it around the block..) 1) Idle definitely seems smoother. 2) Throttle response seemed better too. 3) Not sure about the power -- I don't know if it was me or the chip that seemed more eager to move around cars. In any case, overall very impressive. Perhaps at some point I'll get a dyno done.
- Ben M
I just installed your chip last weekend and haven't had the chance to really wring it out yet. Initial impressions are that the power delivery is smoother across the rpm band than my most recent JC chip and the idle is marginally smoother. Power down low is somewhat better, however, I may not see the increase here as much as others since I have the Dinan Cam Gears installed which also serve to increase low end torque. Thanks, Steve
My '91 M5, quite clean of carbon engine responded well to Marks' chip. The telling difference over the Dinan chip in my car was the fact that all of a sudden, on full throttle, my wheels are breaking loose on initial Acceleration and again at around 6K rpm on up ... extremely pleasing to the senses. Objective assessment; no seat of the pants difference at low rpm, significantly increased throttle response, very noticeable increase in power above 4-5k rpm. No flat spots and no pinging that I've noticed yet. Mark, nice job! BMWenthus (Bruno) '91 M5 w/Mark D'Sylva chip