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    Used car prices

    It's all very well used cars fetching high prices, but so will whatever you buy to replace it, surely, unless you're lucky enough to have an order in place for another new car with a satisfactory delivery date?
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    C205 C63 Replica (Don’t Hate)

    Whatever...
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    C205 C63 Replica (Don’t Hate)

    I've had six AMGs, actually - three E55s, one each E63, CLS 63 and SLK55. I bought my first eight years ago. Read post #26 again. On reflection, I was a bit sharp there, and I apologise. It's the affixing of aftermarket AMG badges, often bought off eBay, in the hope that people will think a...
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    C205 C63 Replica (Don’t Hate)

    I see what you mean. Wow! That is nice. You'd never know that underneath it's just a frogeye Sprite..... 😀
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    C205 C63 Replica (Don’t Hate)

    Nor do I; it's the eBay badging that spoils it.
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    C205 C63 Replica (Don’t Hate)

    It's the difference between puffing up a wannabe and the real thing; like eBay AMG badges on something that isn't an AMG, or putting your car on as an E350 Bluetec AMG Sport. My CLS 350 is an AMG BueEffiiciency Sport, but everybody knows it's not an AMG, and Sport is just a trim line really, so...
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    OM642 Hybrid Turbo

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    Remaps - variations in expected increases

    I don't doubt it, but I'd never heard of BR Performance either.
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    Remaps - variations in expected increases

    I've never heard of UPsolute. I've had two TDI boxes on diesels, one on the old S211 which was good, one on the 2014 S212 OM642 which was disappointing. I have a Celtic remap (cheap 'n cheerful) on the SLK which doesn't feel much different, but as it's an N/A M113 I didn't expect it would. The...
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    new engine

    If the donor car is the same year and model as yours, and the engine numbers' first six digits are identical, almost certainly not, though you may have to have the ECU coded to your car on a STAR.
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    Remaps - variations in expected increases

    I'd not want anything other than a custom remap from a top tuning firm now. You may hit lucky with a cheaper product, but you can be fairly sure that a tune from, say, MSL or GAD will be the real deal.
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    Remaps - variations in expected increases

    Same sort of ballpark figures as the other reputable tuners. Big Fish, who do/did the MB V6 diesel maps for MSL, reckon that 330 hp is about the limit for the OM642 without hardware changes.
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    MOT then gearbox repair

    As you said, it's an old and complex car. It's a bit of a lottery with a car like that, because there's so much to go wrong; expensive high-end cars get cheaper as they get older, but their running costs don't...
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    Remaps - variations in expected increases

    I'd put tuning boxes and 'generic' remaps in the same category, more or less.
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    Remaps - variations in expected increases

    That would be like standard (off the peg), made to measure (generic) and GAD/MSL (bespoke) maps, then? The comparison isn't exact, but as I said, you get what you pay for. Sometimes the generic tuning box maps can be excellent. My first diesel MB - an old IL6 S211 E320 CDI - had a TDI tuning...
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    Formula 1, Moto GP, WSB, 2021 Season

    Verstappen is as good a driver as Hamilton, which in my book means he will be remembered in due course as one of the all-time greats. Unlike Hamilton, though, he is reminiscent of at least two other all-time greats, Senna and Schumacher, who were also arrogant and unscrupulous shits in their day.
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    Remaps - variations in expected increases

    A custom remap can be tailored to the actual engine the ECU controls, and no two engines are exactly the same, as any tuner will tell you. Think of the engine as a suit; as standard it comes 'off the peg', and may or may not be a very good fit; with a generic remap or tuning box it is 'made to...
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    Remaps - variations in expected increases

    My CLS 350, with an MSL remap, makes a bit more power than all four and a bit less torque than three of the examples in post #9. It could be down to small variations in the engine, or small variations in the dyno, or small variations in the tune. I've had the same engine in a 2014 with a tuning...
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    C205 C63 Replica (Don’t Hate)

    True, but they don't generally try to make it look like something it's not.
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    C205 C63 Replica (Don’t Hate)

    No, you're not bad, but you will make a lot of spotty warm hatchchback owners very happy in the traffic lights Grand Prix. Personally, I'd be embarrassed to drive the flash without the go, and with the eBay badges even more so, but each to their own...
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