Car: 2010 Accord 2.2 EX - 221bhp
Join Date: 2nd October 2010
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2.2 i-dtec auto, celtic re-map
I have finally got my 59reg 2.2 IDTEC Auto re-mapped by Celtic tuning. As posted in a previous post I had originally used a plug and play system but it just wasn't working out.
So I gave Celtic tuning a call on Friday morning as I had a planned trip to Helston to visit family and Roche is right on route. Celtic offered an in house service for £300 and had a free slot for 11:30 Saturday morning, to which I accepted.
As a typical bloke, I like to arrive early to ensure I get to the right place on time, however slightly misjudged my timing and arrived at 10:30. Luckily the staff are very helpful and were able to fit the car in early to get the work done.
Myself, wife and 3yr old took a 1 minute walk around the corner to the pub which opened at 11 for drinks and had a small play area for my daughter to have some fun.
So the phone rang about hour an half later to advise the re-map was almost uploaded and I was free to pop back. We I arrived at the work shop the engineer was just putting the bits back together as I think they had to take off the ECU to complete the work.
As a means of safety for my car it was advised NOT to run it on the dyno and even if they did the results would not be accurate.
The team offers you a test drive before paying so its a good job that the A30 is right out side (70mph dual carriageway). I noticed the first difference with the car the moment I started the engine..... very smooth start and quiet running whilst ticking over.
The acceleration down the slip road was the first OMG followed by a few **** beep beep words as this car took off. The Celtic team did advise that full potential would take between 100 - 200 mile to come into form. I only traveled a few mile up and down the A30 to ensure the car was smooth in each gear and just to check everything worked although I know they do!
I returned to the work shop and happily parted with my money, no questions worth every penny especially if this is going to get better. The family all jumped back in the car and we continued to Helston.
We returned to Cannock late this afternoon and the car has easily covered the required distance to give it some beans! On the drive to Celtic from Cannock I managed an average of 37.8mpg - on my journey home this climbed to 43.2mpg
Now the fun bit...... is it quick? Hell Yes!
In 3rd and 4th gear this car will race up to the 4000rpm with no effort, no blips in acceleration and the power doesn't just fall off a Cliff when you reach the 4000 mark. With the added kick of the torque converter to give the revs a little cheeky head start.
I would be brave enough to say that this auto in 3rd or 4th gear would strip the paint of its manual brother with no problem. from 30mph to 60mph in 3rd gear takes approx 2 seconds and plants you back into the comfy leather seats!
Am I pleased with the work of Celtic - YES YES YES this semi boring auto used as my company cruiser just turned into an exciting car to drive with the added economical benefit.
Tuned the car has 221bhp with 292ft/lb of torque (clutch protect level me thinks).
I have never had so much fun using the flappy paddles to change gear, and now the car should keep up with those other bmw/merc rep cars which always seemed to have the edge over this Honda.
Big thank you to Celtic tuning and also the comments and feedback Civinfo and its users provide.