This is a review and analysis of the Quick Tune ‘Quicktune’ Performance Chip, available on Ebay, Amazon and other online stores such as Google shopping and their website, quicktune.ca. If you are looking for a QuickTune Performance Chip Review, then this is for you! Let’s take a look:
The manufacturer is a company called ‘Quicktune’, according to the packaging. Their website, quicktune.ca, offers these chips exclusively, one for Diesel engines and one for Gasoline engines. They are also available on ebay from seller ‘recrepairinfo’.
The cost on the website is $74.95 USD, claiming to be a limited time offer, down from the usual $134.95. What a deal! On ebay they are listed for $69.95 and up. The cost is again a very suspicious factor to us, as no genuine tuning product can be manufactured this cheaply, although we already suspect what the chip really is inside.
The OBD tuner module comes in two colors: Translucent Green (Gasoline vehicles), and Translucent Yellow (Diesel vehicles).
Another suspect aspect of this product’s origin lies in the now all too familiar shaped packaging, originating from the NitroOBD scam:
Note also the claim “Made in Canada”, which is almost certainly false – the NitroOBD scam chips are manufactured in….. China. Alibaba is full of pages and pages of them.
Another funny excerpt from their listing on ebay:
“THESE ARE THE GENUINE PATENTED QUICKTUNE OBD PORT ACCESS, ENGINEER DESIGNED CIRCUIT BOARD, MICRO-PROCESSOR PACKED, VOLTAGE REGULATED, EEPROM BACKED, TRANSIENT VOLTAGE PROTECTED, FLUX CAPACITOR OPERATED ENGINE PERFORMANCE TUNERS – IF IT DOESN’T SAY QUICKTUNE … ITS NOT”
What is a flux capacitor? Either these people are serious and not too swift, or they are just trying to confuse people!
The instructions claim basically the same thing that the NitroOBD scam did – to have vehicle maps onboard to allow the device to optimize the vehicle performance when connected to the OBD port.
Another suspect issue is that they also claim to support the majority of vehicles – something nearly impossible with a genuine tuning chip. Excerpt from their ebay listing: “ANY VEHICLE MANUFACTURED AND SOLD IN NORTH AMERICAN SINCE 1996 AND EVERY GASOLINE VEHICLE SOLD IN EUROPE SINCE 2001 (2003 FOR EUROPEAN DIESEL MODELS) HAS A EASY TO FIND OBD PORT LOCATED IN THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE DRIVER/PASSENGER COMPARTMENT AND IS 100% COMPATIBLE WITH OUR PRODUCT.”
Big red flag – one-size-fits all compatibility. Let’s see what it actually does.
After removing the cover, we were not really surprised to find the old familiar circuit board, just rearranged, for those of you who were with us for the NitroOBD scam:
The circuit board is built around, once again, a PIC16F59 IC, although the location of the components have been rearranged. There is a big problem here, because if one pulls the datasheet for the PIC16F59 IC, we can see from the manufacturer, Microchip, that this chip has a maximum program memory size of 3KB:
From several searches, we verified that ECU maps for a vehicle will be at least 20KB or larger PER MAP! This is way too large for the PIC16F59 IC to contain. So, if this is the case, there are no genuine vehicle maps onboard this module. What can be stored in such a small sized space then? We have our own suspicions.
We connected the QuickTune Performance Chip to our 2012 BMW 530i 3.0L L6 as shown in the instruction sheet and lights began to blink, eerily in the exact same sequence as the NitroOBD chip did.
We followed the instructions and drove at least 150+ miles (200km) as requested to give it the benefit of the doubt, and…… nothing. No power increase, no fuel economy increase. We did, however, see a neat light show!
It is clear from our analysis so far that the Quicktune Performance Module, like so many others, is nothing but a different colored NitroOBD chip! It does not have the physical memory on the chip to hold real vehicle ECU maps. 3KB of memory IS large enough for a light blinker program however, and we believe this is exactly what it truly is – a light blinker in green or yellow colored cases. The circuit appears to monitor the pins from the OBD port and the small microprocessor blinks the lights when activity is detected, giving the appearance of the chip’s operation. While some users online claim to have seen small gains in pickup or fuel economy, we believe this is due to either the placebo effect or other vehicle / environmental factors. While we did not get any error codes set by our Quick Tune performance module, others in their Ebay feedback claim it does nothing.
The second issue is the claim that it fits SEVERAL different vehicles – this is not possible, even for one vehicle, with such a small 3KB program capacity.
We sent the following message to the company before completing this review, and received this response.
Our message to the company:
We are an automotive performance chip review group and saw your performance chip listing. We have a few questions about your product:
1) Can you assure us this is not a NitroOBD scam? If so, why does the PCB inside look EXACTLY like the Nitro OBD chip?
2) Do you have any real-world proof?
3) Why is the manufacturer / brand ‘Nicolay’ listed on your packaging (the same as appears on the NitroOBD scam)?
4) Is Quicktune an actual company?
So much for defending their product – just more threats.
Another interesting area to research is the Userid histories of these scam sellers on ebay. Most of the time, legitimate performance companies will only change their ebay seller name once, or keep the same name they originally had when they first started selling on ebay. Not always, but most of the time, the scammers will change the name of their seller account Userids several times, trying to look ‘official’ to buyers and match the garbage product they are selling. Here is our lookup on the Quicktune seller, recrepairinfo:
The ebay seller of the Quicktune performance chip, recrepairinfo, has the same ebay userid he originally started with, but he in the past sold only repair manuals. His ebay feedback supports this. He sold these manuals until he discovered a better way to make income – the quicktune performance chip scam! This is even more evidence to fuel our suspicion that this is just another scam chip.
From our research and review, it is our opinion that the Quicktune performance chip is another scam. It may also cause ECU damage, as reported by some users of the NitroOBD scam chip on the net, so we suggest avoiding it at all costs. It is a nice light show at best, damaging at worst. You will want to pass on this one!
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