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Last week, Jeff from FD flew down to install an ECM and DBW in my friends car. I was involved (watching basically) as the ECU in the '09 4.7 changed locations and ECU's.. This was a challenge for Jeff which he pulled off rather impressively.

I've had the opportunity to drive my bud's car extensively this week, so here's my feedback:

Shifting - smooth as ever! no noticeable difference in quality of the shift points, and in fact, they are even smoother on downshifts as the engine rev's up somewhat.

Power/Torque - umm, WOW! as just about every other poster with same setup stated, this IS the way it should have come from Italy. There is NO, and I mean no compromise to the drive, smoothness or otherwise. There is a significant increase in front end torque. Not sure the MSP button makes a difference anymore, if you know what I mean!... The car seemlessly gets to 100mph quite a bit faster than before however I don't have any measurement equipment to rate HP increase or torque. Trust me, you'll feel it. Although the ECM is also installed in his car, and I'm sure there is some extra ponies in there, the DBW is so overwhelming I can't pinpoint exactly where the ECM comes in. Yes, it's there and working well, but the whole package just works well.

Pedal Feel - the first 10-15% of depression of the pedal is alot more sensative of course. It took me just a few starts to get comfortable with it during normal drives, but as Jeff's site says - your car is always armed for war. What an exacting and true statement.

MPG - thought I'd throw this in as I had the opportunity to test 2 tanks on his car. 1st tank we were really running the car hard, which also included live tuning by Jeff, and at fill up time computer said 11.2 MPG. Not bad considering. 2nd tank, I'm about 1/2 way through with a more modest driving pattern and some occassional bursts of losing my mind, and we're at 14.3 MPG!!!. Jeff had said we shouldn't see much change in either direction from prior to install. Looks like he's spot on.

Jeff - Many of you have had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff on the phone, as I have. I was glad to have met him and spend some time. He is a walking encyclopedia of all things Maserati. He's good. He's incredibly nice and patient. I noticed his patience as he thought things through, double, triple and sometime quadruple checked each move and before moving to next step, he traced back to the beginning each time to make sure there were no issues. The OBD II scanner was checked repeatedly, and from start to finish - NO CODES! I am very glad to have had the pleasure of spending time with Jeff. His passion for our cars is honest and real. I for one will be using him for future items on my car (in addition to the springs already)

Now, my buddy returns from his business trip tonight. I really hope he isn't too upset I messed around with his car unknowingly. :laugh: Of course he knew what I was doing, and I have no doubt he will be more than impressed. We worked on his car as I needed mine to use, but nonetheless, I am intimately as knowledgable about his car, as mine. I've tried to get my wife to test his car out, but after my kids came home and were excited about the few fishtails I did on the way to school, I think she's just a tad nervous. Awe, too bad! :cheers:
 

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Last week, Jeff from FD flew down to install an ECM and DBW in my friends car. I was involved (watching basically) as the ECU in the '09 4.7 changed locations and ECU's.. This was a challenge for Jeff which he pulled off rather impressively.

I've had the opportunity to drive my bud's car extensively this week, so here's my feedback:

Shifting - smooth as ever! no noticeable difference in quality of the shift points, and in fact, they are even smoother on downshifts as the engine rev's up somewhat.

Power/Torque - umm, WOW! as just about every other poster with same setup stated, this IS the way it should have come from Italy. There is NO, and I mean no compromise to the drive, smoothness or otherwise. There is a significant increase in front end torque. Not sure the MSP button makes a difference anymore, if you know what I mean!... The car seemlessly gets to 100mph quite a bit faster than before however I don't have any measurement equipment to rate HP increase or torque. Trust me, you'll feel it. Although the ECM is also installed in his car, and I'm sure there is some extra ponies in there, the DBW is so overwhelming I can't pinpoint exactly where the ECM comes in. Yes, it's there and working well, but the whole package just works well.

Pedal Feel - the first 10-15% of depression of the pedal is alot more sensative of course. It took me just a few starts to get comfortable with it during normal drives, but as Jeff's site says - your car is always armed for war. What an exacting and true statement.

MPG - thought I'd throw this in as I had the opportunity to test 2 tanks on his car. 1st tank we were really running the car hard, which also included live tuning by Jeff, and at fill up time computer said 11.2 MPG. Not bad considering. 2nd tank, I'm about 1/2 way through with a more modest driving pattern and some occassional bursts of losing my mind, and we're at 14.3 MPG!!!. Jeff had said we shouldn't see much change in either direction from prior to install. Looks like he's spot on.

Jeff - Many of you have had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff on the phone, as I have. I was glad to have met him and spend some time. He is a walking encyclopedia of all things Maserati. He's good. He's incredibly nice and patient. I noticed his patience as he thought things through, double, triple and sometime quadruple checked each move and before moving to next step, he traced back to the beginning each time to make sure there were no issues. The OBD II scanner was checked repeatedly, and from start to finish - NO CODES! I am very glad to have had the pleasure of spending time with Jeff. His passion for our cars is honest and real. I for one will be using him for future items on my car (in addition to the springs already)

Now, my buddy returns from his business trip tonight. I really hope he isn't too upset I messed around with his car unknowingly. :laugh: Of course he knew what I was doing, and I have no doubt he will be more than impressed. We worked on his car as I needed mine to use, but nonetheless, I am intimately as knowledgable about his car, as mine. I've tried to get my wife to test his car out, but after my kids came home and were excited about the few fishtails I did on the way to school, I think she's just a tad nervous. Awe, too bad! :cheers:

:thumbsup: I'm sure I heard an echo in the forum saying " I told ya so!" :D
 

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2009 Quattroporte S 4.7 Drive By Wire Enhancement / High Power ECM

Thanks Wassy! I'm glad we were able to get the 4.7L package installed without hiccups and performing well. The new platform provided a few new obstacles, but the results were the same as always... fantastic!

It was a busy few days and was great to meet Wassy in person. He's a teriffic guy, was very helpful and I'm happy that I was able to be part of the conversion on that beautiful Quattroporte S model. I think that the results are an undeniable improvement.

As mentioned, the low end torque and the improved shift response alone is really noticable.

We now have several packages for 4.7L owners available for the GranTurismo S (MC-Shift) and (Automatica) as well as the Quattroporte S and Quattroporte GTS models.

Keep us updated on how it all settles in!

Best Regards,
-- Jeff
 

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Wassy- didn't you get the DBW and ECU for your car and it was sitting on the shelf last time? If so, why didn't you have jeff install it on your car while he was there??
 

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Just in case something went wrong, I needed my car last week so we took the chance on the friends car. Also the boxes in the draw had a different tune than Jeff decided to use in the end, I think.
 

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Man! You should have just gotten yourself hooked up while jeff was there!! He invented this system/software/hardware set up!

There was no better person to install it on your car wassy~!! You should have just went for it. Now who's gonna install it in your car? I wish jeff came down to install it personally on mine, even though my guy Kent did a phenomenal job, it would have been very nice to get to work on the tune together, that would have been lots of fun as you have experienced. I'm so glad you agree with the upgrade, because it is awesome.

I'm telling you and I've been telling you that you need this in your car, you will be supremely pleased by it, as you have witnessed. At first you don't even really notice, at least I couldn't because I did the ECU/DBW/Larini exhaust/BMC filter all at the same time, but after driving it, there is no comparison. The pick up is so smooth and fast, not jerky at all. Just power when you need it on tap at the push of the pedal man. Unleash the beast.
Well, I hope you get yours installed ASAP- great review, it was very informative.
 

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Longer term follow up - so been having many discussions with my QP friend, and have driven his car extensively. daily for a few weeks. With ECM/DBW, car is smooth as silk, sounds superb, and get this - 15.3 MPG on 4 different tanks (all Shell), lowest of 15.1, highest 15.8 mpg, with spirited driving and at least a 3 or 4 time daily shot of adreniline (pedal to the metal). I am thoroughly impressed with the improved mileage as an added benefit. Not 1 CEL, no issues at all. If you are still debating, wait no more..

Jeff's service with a smile is also a big part of it. You know he's there to fully support you.
 
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