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post #1 of 16 Old 08-23-2018, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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My sister owns a 2017 CX-3, she's in Philadelphia.
She loved the feel of her torque-heavy VW Jetta (2003) but finds the CX-3 frustrating in terms of engine response.
It seems to be a combination of automatic trans and engine management software because even the pseudo-manual operation leaves her wanting.

I am here to see if there is a way to "chip" this engine in the U.S. .... what options are out there, see if anybody has tried them, what levels of success.

Thanks!
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There aren't any/many go-fast bits for the CX-3. Econo-crossovers don't have a big tuner presence yet (I expect this to change as sedans and hatchbacks continue to decline) and the CX-3 is a small player in the lineup of a small player.

Which Jetta did she have? If it was a 1.8T, chip tuning worked really well because they could alter the amount of boost from the turbo. Not much to be gained from tuning an NA engine beyond raising the redline, tweaking AFRs, and moving timing a bit. I think Orange Virus did a tune for us but I only know of one person that has it (search this board for orange virus).

If her Jetta was a chipped turbo, it's going to be tough because those things were awesome (I had a 1999 Passat 1.8T with an APR chip). I made the jump from an Infiniti G37x sedan (300+ HP) to my CX-3 and I really miss the power and torque.

If she had a 2.Slow then I don't know what to tell you since those engines only made 115 HP and 122 lb-ft (read: less than the 2.0L SkyActiv in the USDM CX-3).


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There aren't any/many go-fast bits for the CX-3. Econo-crossovers don't have a big tuner presence yet (I expect this to change as sedans and hatchbacks continue to decline) and the CX-3 is a small player in the lineup of a small player.

Which Jetta did she have? If it was a 1.8T, chip tuning worked really well because they could alter the amount of boost from the turbo. Not much to be gained from tuning an NA engine beyond raising the redline, tweaking AFRs, and moving timing a bit. I think Orange Virus did a tune for us but I only know of one person that has it (search this board for orange virus).

If her Jetta was a chipped turbo, it's going to be tough because those things were awesome (I had a 1999 Passat 1.8T with an APR chip). I made the jump from an Infiniti G37x sedan and I really miss the power and torque.

If she had a 2.Slow then I don't know what to tell you since those engines only made 115 HP and 122 lb-ft (read: less than the 2.0L SkyActiv in the USDM CX-3).
On this forum, I believe it is @TORQUERULES that has the Orange Virus yes?

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On this forum, I believe it is @TORQUERULES that has the Orange Virus yes?
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Orange Virus.... what does that do?
Does anybody in the U.S. have it?
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Orange Virus.... what does that do?
Does anybody in the U.S. have it?
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I do. In the U.S. It is custom tuning for the Mazda Skyactiv platform.

I may be one of the first, if not the first, in the U.S. with this tuning on a CX-3.

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I do. In the U.S. It is custom tuning for the Mazda Skyactiv platform.

I may be one of the first, if not the first, in the U.S. with this tuning on a CX-3.
Just found your March thread about your OV tune.

Early on you say “For the most part, I am surprised with the smoothness. Way smoother than stock.”
Can you expand on what you meant by smoothness? Sorry I am not experienced in this area.

Very happy to see you felt increased linearity in throttle response! That’s our big complaint.

Does every tune like this need to involve sending data back to OV? Are we saying that each CX-3 is unique?

Finally could my sister do this herself? She has NO experience under any hood, but she’s OK with a laptop.

Thank you so much for posting your experience!

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Just found your March thread about your OV tune.

Early on you say “For the most part, I am surprised with the smoothness. Way smoother than stock.”
Can you expand on what you meant by smoothness? Sorry I am not experienced in this area.

Very happy to see you felt increased linearity in throttle response! That’s our big complaint.

Does every tune like this need to involve sending data back to OV? Are we saying that each CX-3 is unique?

Finally could my sister do this herself? She has NO experience under any hood, but she’s OK with a laptop.

Thank you so much for posting your experience!

The power delivery is much more linear and smooth just like the throttle response. You can tell there is more under the curve which is what these little engines need. Yes, there is more peak power, but it is what you are getting everywhere else that can be felt the most.

Anyone who can operate a computer and read instructions can do this.

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