When tuning a car like the BMW 3 Series, the engine is often the most important part of the equation. But there are other factors that have a significant impact on the remapping process.
The quality of your car's ECU or electronic control unit is one such factor. Certain makes and models of ECU have poorly-designed software that's challenging to navigate and difficult to work with. With over ten years of hands-on experience, our technicians are still more than capable of remapping these ECUs. But it's a time-consuming and intricate process.
As you can probably imagine, we generally prefer to work with well-engineered ECUs that are easy to navigate and a pleasure to remap.
Fortunately, F30 and G30 variants of the 3 Series all use cutting-edge Bosch engine control units that are relatively easy to work with, which is one of the many reasons we're always happy to see a modern BMW 3 Series in our tuning HQ
The overall reliability of the cars is noteworthy too. As you'd probably expect, BMW 3 Series are always well-built and reliable, with high-quality components that we can rely on to perform well, which means that we can push them a little bit harder - and means that they're generally more pleasant to work on.
It's also worth noting that BMW factory detune a lot of modern 3 Series variants. This isn't unusual: Most manufacturers now detune the mid-power to low-power models in a range for strategic reasons. Namely that it's easier to market a series when there's a clear and logical progression through the lineup - with both power and available features increasing in line with the price point.
BMW also needs to ensure that the 3 Series work in a range of different conditions. Every variant has to perform equally well in temperate, western climates, arid regions, tropical locales and countries where there's no infrastructure for regular or reliable servicing, which means that they do sometimes err on the side of caution when it comes to tuning their cars.
This cautious approach means that there's plenty of untapped potential for us to unlock via the intricacies of the remapping process.
The popularity of the modern 3 Series also works in your favour. Simply put, these cars are so ubiquitous that a thriving market for aftermarket parts has grown up around them, and it's now very easy to get hold of the high-quality components needed to implement a stage 2 or stage 3 remap on most 3 Series variants.
But if we're being completely honest, the main reason that we love remapping the 3 Series is much more straightforward - it is, in all its incarnations - an incredible car and as die-hard enthusiasts, we always relish the opportunity to work on fantastic vehicles.
If you're considering a 3 Series remap, head over to our BMW tuning page to find out what sort of improvements you can expect. And if you'd rather talk to us about remapping your BMW 3 Series, we're always more than happy to answer any questions. Just contact us using the form on this page, and a member of the Avon Tuning team will be in touch.