In Reply to: JIM C CHIP!!! NEED INFO posted by Johnny on December 07, 1999 at 19:30:55:
When I was chip hunting I decided to go with the brand name... not Dinan but Jim C. I had heard so many good things about Jim C that I couldn't turn my back on it. Furthermore what I did hear was the Dinan was too "docile". So I did. I extracted my ECU (a la the Jim Cash way), then sent it to Utah for Jim Conforti. It came back within 3 days and was I excited! Initially I could feel the difference, but as time passed the initial difference dulled and I no longer even remember what it felt like not to have the chip. But I can tell you this, if you're looking for a big difference, you're better off saving for a supercharger because you're not going to feel it the way you might want, with the chip. Don't get me wrong, I think I feel a difference, but the next person may disagree. Furthermore I've driven the car much more aggresively AFTER the chip so I can not tell you EXACTLY how it felt before. However, if you're looking to optimize the performance of what you have now, get the chip. Whether or not was worth $400, my 2 cents is that few upgrades are worth the exorbitant prices we pay for them. But if you're asking me whether or not I regret getting it, I can tell you surely I do not because I'll take any little bit of performance I can get from any modification. To sum it all up:
Faster? Perhaps, however I have no proof.
Better mileage? I'm averaging 21 mpg but the newfound thrill by means of hard driving must negates any gains I may have gotten.
But I tell you, doing 145 down the end of the 210E freeway was definitely a heart-attacking, mind-blowing, unforgettable thrill that I'll never forget...
You choose :) For me, the rush of adrenaline I got that night was more than worth all the money in the world... and if it weren't for the short length of that little section I would have probably exceeded 150... but only time will tell :)