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    re chipping Toyota Hilux

    I have had my Hilux for 14 months now, gone thru one service and very happy 3l Invincible. I have seen a few forums and threads here regarding re chipping. I am seriously considering this to get

    1. better fuel economy - 11k miles on I am getting 24-27 (max on long trips) mpg. I am not heavy right footed
    2. bit more power would be good

    What experience do people have? I am particularly interested in

    How do they work/stress the engine etc?
    What performance improvements have you experienced?
    Do they impact warranty?
    Do they impact insurance?
    Where do you get them - somebody mentioned Lindop Toyota and where fitted?

    Appreciate your comments

    thanks

    David

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    I have an 08 plate HL3 which has only done 34k, and I recently enquired with one of the companies who offer these things, and believe it or not, he talked me out of it.
    Basically saying that until an engine like that has done over 50-60k you wont be getting the best out of it anyway, so little point. secondly, he also said that any company that was selling their product on the grounds of fuel efficiency was talking nonsense, as that side of things comes down almost entirely to how you drive, and not what they have done, under the bonnet. He basically said you could increase horse power etc, but that is will vary from one car to the next as to how effective that is on fuel consumption.
    Like I say, he was a salesman, and was completely not pushing me, just giving me the facts and basically saying its not worth it. That said, I know others who swear by them.......??????
    Mine is the 3lt auto and is comfortably getting the good side of 30mpg and more out of a long run (somewhere around 500 miles to a full tank). its running on road tyres though, which will make a difference...

    (I had also been recommended lindop Toyota by someone who swears by his chip/remap whatever it was, worth giving them a call perhaps....also worth considering that not all insurance companies will touch you if you have had a car chipped, others don't care, but expect premiums to go up a fair bit...)
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    I will message you some stuff you need to know prior to this modification

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    I mentioned the Lindop chip in a post so...

    61 plate Invincible Auto.

    1. Sitting on a motorway at the legal limit the on board computer gives me 36 mpg ish average.
    Around town and commuting I get around 30 mpg.
    This generally gives me 350 - 400 miles per tank.

    2. The extra power is very noticeable and useful especially acceleration.

    Lindop will tell you that the engine is not pushed above its design parameters, in 40,000 miles I have no reason to disbelieve this (see comment on fuel filter warning below). Not sure how they work.

    I took it off for servicing to save a discussion on warranty issues didn't bother last service as it is out of warranty now.

    I told my insurance company that I was having one fitted, they didn't charge me any extra and said it was noted on the policy.

    Fitted it myself, tools needed 10 mm socket and cutters to trim wire ties. Extra components, wire ties and for me a small sheet of foam to trap the unit between the battery and the body. Takes 10 minutes the second time you do it!

    The only issue I have is the fuel filter warning light came on and the vehicle went into limp mode took the unit off and had Toyota look at the vehicle, they couldn't find a fault, cleaned the fuel filter reset the warning light. Ran for a while without problems then refitted chip, after a couple of months the same problem occurred, I reset the warning light and again the light came on. I have left the warning light on and will replace the filter shortly.

    Bought it from Lindop Toyota as as stated for 375 iirc.

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    Another vote for the Lindop Toyota Chip which has an adjustable power switch to choose the power levels

    I'm getting an average of 33 and a tanks lasting between 470-500 miles

    As regards the limp mode have you tried using a lower setting as suggested in the instruction sheet ?

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    I have chipped 2 cars now, neither a Toyota I'm afraid.

    One is a Defender 90, 15 years old with 80,000 on the clock. Chip has been on there since about 40,000. It's switchable from 130bhp to 190bhp, so it's interesting to compare the differences. I get about 5% better consumption when it's set to 130bhp, probably because I enjoy the 190 setting too much. In 190 mode it's great. Lots of power - unusual for a Landie.

    The Audi was recently chipped. Gone from 235 to 285. On a long trip I get an extra 1mpg. Around town I get about the same as before. But again, it's much for fun to drive with the chip.

    If you want to do it for economy, I would say forget it. If you want a bit of fun and a much more capable vehicle when towing up hills or loaded up, then it's a good thing to do.

    Just my experience of it.
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    Re chipping and Re mapping are two completely different ways of achieving the same thing, a re map is much more preferable than a chip as it fine tunes your particular engine to run at its optimum, with a chip you will get increased performance and possibly better fuel consumption with a map you will get both, Not sure whether your particular model of Hilux can be re-mapped but if it can i would take this over a chip every time.

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    I've chipped my last 5 cars, 4 of them from new. Driven 450,000 chipped miles. Zero issues (1 chip failed, but quickly replaced under warranty). Very noticeable power gains, but absolutely zero difference to fuel consumption. Ive always told insurance, no effect on premiums. Ive always removed before servicing etc - probably voids warranties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robb View Post
    Re chipping and Re mapping are two completely different ways of achieving the same thing, a re map is much more preferable than a chip as it fine tunes your particular engine to run at its optimum, with a chip you will get increased performance and possibly better fuel consumption with a map you will get both, Not sure whether your particular model of Hilux can be re-mapped but if it can i would take this over a chip every time.
    This is quite correct, however in some instances where remapping is the choice it may not be reversible unless you have a programmer/fuel controller or swap out the ECU
    Last edited by rick6point5; 20-01-2015 at 22:43. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wsm View Post
    Another vote for the Lindop Toyota Chip which has an adjustable power switch to choose the power levels.

    As regards the limp mode have you tried using a lower setting as suggested in the instruction sheet ?
    Tried everything from level 6 upwards, I'm guessing I've used some dodgy fuel and the filter is very slightly blocked. Performance is still good.

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