Monthly Archives: March 2013

Still waiting…

Well, I must say when you order a car and your told 6 to 8 weeks you really don’t think to much of it. But I am sitting about 4 weeks, and have not heard any good news from the dealer to get excited over. Hopefully this next coming week we will get some good information. And really would like to have it by the end of next month. The Trailblazer has been a great car, but 11 years and 200k miles have shown it has lived a long live and hopefully will last a little longer. Come on Subaru Factory!

COBB Tuning AccessPORT

So the car is ordered right, well, it sucks having to wait around sooo….  I guess I need to do the next best thing, look at tuner parts!  So far I have been really impressed with the reviews on the products from COBB Tuning.  They seem to have

COBB Subaru AccessPORT

COBB Subaru AccessPORT

a nice set of add-ons for the Subaru Line up, including AccessPORT ECM programmer, check it out here.  Here is the highlights:

  •  Monitor OEM sensor data on-the-fly. Use the AccessPORT as an additional gauge to monitor data directly from the ECU.
  • Record multiple data channels simultaneously for in-depth evaluation of engine performance. Stores up to 10 hours
  • Changes can be made to the map in realtime, while the engine is running. Greatly speeds up the tuning process and allows quick changes to powerful features like Launch Control, Flat Foot Shift and map switching.
  • Set RPM threshold for performance launching the car from a stop. Builds boost and generates instantaneous horsepower off the line.
  • View Instantaneous, Average or Accumulated Average fuel economy in realtime on the AccessPORT screen.
  • The AccessPORT is unique in the tuning world as it gives the user the   ability to control exciting ECU functions from a hand-held device.
  • Read engine trouble codes to diagnose issues. Clear them when resolved. Prevent expensive trips to the dealership.
  • Store up to 100 maps in the AccessPORT. Change maps whenever you want and be ready for any situation.

Plus one of the coolest features in one of the programming maps is Valet Mode, to restrict the overall performance so someone doesn’t take your car joy riding when you are away.  The COBB site feedback on the product looks pretty good.  If anyone has used the AccessPort, I would love to hear your feedback, good or bad.

Put I am going to put this item top of my purchase list once I have the car, and will do a formal review of it then.  Counting down the days!

Order Update

Well status report update. We now have an order number. I guess this means Subaru has received the request and is processing it. The next gate is assigning a VIN number, which means it is starting the build process. Stay tuned.