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[Engine] THE ITALIAN BOX ?
#1
Hi Chaps,
just browsing through ebay, & I've come across this - The Italian Box, - a chip tuning box designed for our 1.9 D motors, 
It'sa simple 'plug & play'  box which claims will give you 50 % more power, 50 % more torque, but your fuel consumption will drop by 25 %, 50 % more power & torque sounds great, but, will it 'knacker the engine'''   ?
Anyone tried one of these units ? would be very grateful for any info .  Huh
Mk1, 1.9D, Admiral Blue, 51 Plate.
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#2
If it sounds too good to be true, it most probably is...

More power AND lower fuel consumption?
A doubling in efficiency like that...

Is not happening.

If it was possible, you can bet Citroën would have implemented it years ago.
Not even the Turbo version of the engine can show a 50% power increase.
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(15-01-2019, 09:28 PM)THE BADGE Wrote:  Hi Chaps,
just browsing through ebay, & I've come across this - The Italian Box, - a chip tuning box designed for our 1.9 D motors, 
It'sa simple 'plug & play'  box which claims will give you 50 % more power, 50 % more torque, but your fuel consumption will drop by 25 %, 50 % more power & torque sounds great, but, will it 'knacker the engine'''   ?
Anyone tried one of these units ? would be very grateful for any info .  Huh

Buy one, install it and let us know how you get on. Following with interest.
Malcolm.
2001 1.9D Multispace.
Diagbox diagnostics in Northumberland.
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#4
There's a name for this kind of thing.

[Image: snake-oil.jpeg]
So where does this bit go then ?
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#5
Checked a couple of the ads. It's not even proper chip-tuning. It's a device that attaches to one or two sensors and messes with the output slightly.

Tell the ECU that there's less air moving through the motor and it'll reduce the amount of fuel injected.
If it tells the ECU that the engine is ice cold, it'll probably pump up the volume quite a bit. Like pulling out the manual choke on older cars...
(Sure, it'll give you a bit of a power boost, but fuel consumption will be horrible, and you'll have to use a shovel to get rid of the soot buildups... )

Also, they claim that you can remove it without leaving a trace, before service.
That's not true, either.
They use special splice connectors that clamps onto the wires, and they CUT THROUGH the insulation. The cuts are very easy to see. And in some cases they even cause a wire to break when the connector is removed...

You may just as well get one of those cheap 12V fans to put in the air intake to 'boost' the performance at the same time.
These may actually lower the performance as they have a very poorly designed propeller, so creates more air resistance than the 'push' they produce. I think someone on YouTube tested them once.
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#6
Many thanks to you all for your replys,
Best I forget about this 'Wonder Box', don't want to risk hurting my much cared for engine . Rolleyes
Seems people will advertise anything to be brilliant & not bothered about the buyer.  Angry
Speak again soon chaps.
Mk1, 1.9D, Admiral Blue, 51 Plate.
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