Date registered: Feb 2005
Vehicle: 1989 W201.029/M103 3.0
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A large part of Mercedes policy for exclusive availability of certain tools among accredited workshops is the predictable case of tyre kickers messing up manufacturer specifications and then screaming bloody murder. A distinct minority of private owners are in any way qualified to start making personal judgement calls upon retuning manufacturers specifications, but every half wit and his neighbour thinks they can. What you wind up with is a road safety issue and a libelous issue.
Point one, pirated firmware is an intellectual property issue, one of copyright and patent and the penalties can most definitely be exceedingly severe, typically beginning at fines in the order of $30,000 for individuals and $300,000 for corporations, and/or jail time.
Point two, pirated firmware is a political and ethical issue, they are available more cheaply because conscionable legislation is circumvented to exercise child labour and other illegal employee conditions, legislative health and safety guidelines are ignored, substandard components are used and copied manufacturers qualitive production is misrepresented by proxy (eg. half of america home mods their mercs, their mercs all drive like crap, half the used mercs on the market become crap, everybody calls mercedes crap).
Point three, the EU has been reviewing legislation in recent months preventing end user modification of automotive property, that is banning and outlawing any modification from manufacturers specification of any vehicle, at penalty of law. Obviously it's fairly unpopular as a proposal but it has been doing the rounds as Parliaments test the water of public opinion with it. This legislation would be enforced throughout the EU.
Things like this in the thread here, if you consider the big picture are only going to make legislation like that much more likely in the future.
Just the other day I saw a thread at MB world in which a guy wanted to input leaner settings in his C200K chip via some purchased software (I'm guessing also unsanctioned pirate software). He wanted the car to run leaner to improve fuel economy.
See in his hair brained scheme he simply decided you can alter modern auto engine settings like a plane and set an economy setting with a leaner mixture and less throttle, simple right?
Not in a supercharged engine with variable cams and DOHC and an ECU that's only going to try undoing what you did to its fuel settings by retarding spark for net loss in operational efficiency. It's not how you improve fuel economy in his engine, you do it with a nicer exhaust and more efficient intercooler, go for a port and polish if that's not enough. Sure it's a couple of grand and up but it's a well engineered engine already performing very efficiently, further gains are subtle and expensive.
But no he's got his software and he's all excited so basically has some hair brained schemes with it, and his car's going to ping its head off on the next hot day or the first big hill he loads up on. Then this joker'll probably walk into a Merc workshop, for legal reasons keeping his mouth shut about what he's done and threatening lawsuits when naturally no matter how much he spends in mechanical repairs they can't seem to fix the problem...
Like I said a distinct minority are in any way qualified to start messing around with the manufacturer specifications, those few that are also perfectly happy to bin the engine if they mess it up and install a fresh one. But also the same kind who have a clue about engineering demands and are perfectly happy to drop wads of cash doing the right things with high quality aftermarket components and machining to get their carefully planned and well thought out results.
FYI you know what you absolutely need before you remap an ECU? A roller dyno. Get one of those with this kit?
driving a fast car should feel like falling off a building.
Last edited by vanir; 11-06-2012 at 05:28 PM.