Audi A3 ECU Upgrade from APR

13 03 2009

Went to Euro Code Tuning in Torrence, CA to flash my A3’s ECU with APR program. They are having a great promotion on the ECU program now till April. I have been waiting for this. Even though I am not exactly in to modifying cars, but I thought it is always nice to have some extra horsepower and torque on the road!
APR claims that the program will give stock A3 additional 48 hp and 82lb-ft torque.

I will test it out tomorrow on the way to work!!

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The car turned out to be very responsive and there is always the power when you need it!!
However, yesterday the enging light warning came up. I am not sure what’s wrong with it, maybe the DV broken? I reset the enging light warning and put back to stock mode. Hope nothing breaks….





Audi A3 iPod Interface Installation

23 02 2009

The installation day has come, after buying a used iPod Interface on VWVortex and did many researches on its installation guide on the internet.

Some important things need to remember,

  1. You need an European Stereo removal tool.
  2. Make sure you put cover under your work area in the car!! I scratched my leather on the DSG shift nob.
  3. Before wiring, measure up the cable and determine if it has enough length for installation and uninstallation in the future.

Here I simplified full installation to simple steps:

  1. Remove the top left inserts in the glove box for the iPod interface.
    (Since I have the iPod interface from an ’06 A3, it is a dock that will replace the insert I took out. The new iPod interface has a circuit box with cable, therefore you might be needing the insert to put your iPod.)
  2. Remove the stereo with the removal tool by inserting into the slots under the left/right nob on stereo (Concert II)

    Concert II, no CD charger, no SAT

    Concert II, no CD charger, no SAT

  3. Disconnect the wire hub in the rear of the stereo.

    Remove the wiring hub closet to the top side

    Remove the wiring hub closet to the top side

  4. Release the purple lock on the side of the hub by pressing in from the left. (not shown in the picture)
    The pins on the hub is sectioned into 3 groups. (left/center/right)
    Remove the wiring on the left group, it is in WHITE, PURPLE, and BLUE.
    IMPORTANT: Use small Phillips screwdriver to push the pins from the bottom with some force. DO NOT use brute force!!
  5. Connect the color-coded iPod interface wiring as the picture referenced below.
    Top side of the hub is facing me

    Top side of the hub is facing me

    Top side of hub is facing to the RIGHT

    Top side of hub is facing to the RIGHT

    Top side of hub is facing away from me

    Top side of hub is facing away from me

  6. Plug the hub back and start testing out your iPod before you put everything back!!!