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Hi! Im new around these parts and im getting my Taos tomorrow!

I was curious, what bluetooth OBD2 adapters is carista compatible with?

Side note, does changing the torque void the warranty?
 

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theres a list on carista's site and in app. you'd have to prove the torque change didn't cause the damage you want warranty for. (If they noticed it was modified) I'd bet you wouldn't get much difference in just software. gas engine tunes are difficult, particularly in compressed engines.
 

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theres a list on carista's site and in app. you'd have to prove the torque change didn't cause the damage you want warranty for. (If they noticed it was modified) I'd bet you wouldn't get much difference in just software. gas engine tunes are difficult, particularly in compressed engines.
Thanks, i heard changing an option using carista took the acceleration lag away. If i ever took it in, would they notice if i changed the setting back?
 

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Thanks, i heard changing an option using carista took the acceleration lag away. If i ever took it in, would they notice if i changed the setting back?
I think in theory they could review the history of changes. In practice I can't see any dealer doing that unless it comes down to a disputed major warranty claim.

The setting I think you're talking about is not something that could cause any damage (in fact personally I have found it does nothing!).

I would suggest you drive it for a week or so and see if you have an issue with throttle lag. While I have noticed it now and then, it is something that I quickly got used to, and I know what kind of situations can cause it (like stopping at a stop sign and immediately trying to take off just before you come to a complete stop).
My experience may be different to yours - I have an AWD with the DSG. I have not driven a FWD to compare.
 

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I think in theory they could review the history of changes. In practice I can't see any dealer doing that unless it comes down to a disputed major warranty claim.

The setting I think you're talking about is not something that could cause any damage (in fact personally I have found it does nothing!).

I would suggest you drive it for a week or so and see if you have an issue with throttle lag. While I have noticed it now and then, it is something that I quickly got used to, and I know what kind of situations can cause it (like stopping at a stop sign and immediately trying to take off just before you come to a complete stop).
My experience may be different to yours - I have an AWD with the DSG. I have not driven a FWD to compare.
 

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Bought an SE AWD in February. We love it. Have been experimenting with Carista for a month or so, not out of dissatisfaction but because I’m comfy in the VAG-COM environment. Can highly recommend two changes.

1. Dynamic steering slows down the fly-by-wire steering assist, much better control. The power steering seems to still be speed sensitive but more closely.resembles the nice feel of the good handling Porsche transaxle cars from the 1980s. Good tweak all around.

2. Direct Threshold throttle is definitely a nicer fit with the DSG transmission, IMO. I went back and forth with factory setting, using the big tach on the digital cockpit. It was clear both in butt feel and on the tach that the DSG upshifted and downshifted more precisely when its mechatronic controller gets direct throttle input instead of the time buffered factory input.

FWIW, I’m skeptical that the Taos DSG is actually as sketchy as many claim on the Internet. It is offered as the performance option…and combined with the Gen Six Borg Warner 4Motion…and the clever new boosted 1.5…it really came alive with these two OBD2 mods.
 

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Bought an SE AWD in February. We love it. Have been experimenting with Carista for a month or so, not out of dissatisfaction but because I’m comfy in the VAG-COM environment. Can highly recommend two changes.

1. Dynamic steering slows down the fly-by-wire steering assist, much better control. The power steering seems to still be speed sensitive but more closely.resembles the nice feel of the good handling Porsche transaxle cars from the 1980s. Good tweak all around.

2. Direct Threshold throttle is definitely a nicer fit with the DSG transmission, IMO. I went back and forth with factory setting, using the big tach on the digital cockpit. It was clear both in butt feel and on the tach that the DSG upshifted and downshifted more precisely when its mechatronic controller gets direct throttle input instead of the time buffered factory input.

FWIW, I’m skeptical that the Taos DSG is actually as sketchy as many claim on the Internet. It is offered as the performance option…and combined with the Gen Six Borg Warner 4Motion…and the clever new boosted 1.5…it really came alive with these two OBD2 mods.
I'll probably dig out VCDS and try the throttle thing again for fun. Maybe it didn't take last time or something!

I'm a big fan of the DSG. It's definitely set up for comfort rather than performance in the Taos, which is fine. My last 2 GTIs have both had DSGs and were/are a lot of fun. An extra 50+ HP doesn't hurt either, haha.
 

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It may be a while before any of us sees another 50 HP in a Taos, LOL, but VW has made some great choices, I think, on how to be the most "VW-like" of the many offerings in the sub-compact class. Agree100% that VW understands most buyers will use their Taos like a household appliance, but with just a couple toggles in the simplest of the OBD2 dongles, the Taos can show its mettle, and emerge as having best engineered AWD drive train in the class.
 

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1. Dynamic steering slows down the fly-by-wire steering assist, much better control. The power steering seems to still be speed sensitive but more closely.resembles the nice feel of the good handling Porsche transaxle cars from the 1980s. Good tweak all around.
Can you describe what this "dynamic steering" really mean (for someone with no Porsche transaxle experience...)? It sounds intriguing... and more "firm" basically? (I still have a BMW 3 so am used to that firmness for sure). Thanks!
 

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You're on it, I think. "More firm" is a decent way to say it. It's not necessarily "more effort" as much as it feels like a slower ratio....more steering wheel motion for less front tire motion. The result of this is more precise control, I think, especially as speed increases. The magic of Porsche's 924/944/951 transaxle car handling was their 50/50 weight balance. That balance allowed spirited driving with very consistent steering across the range of speed and g-forces....unlike the 911 tail draggers in which "more steer" instincts entering a turn suddenly became urgent "less steer" when you lifted...and the rear end started rotating. Steering goes numb in this scenario and car control reverts to your feet.

Not knowing the details of how VW's speed sensitive fly-by-wire electric power steering is actually programmed, what I can share for sure, is that I noticeed the difference in the Dynamic setting just turning out of my driveway. The same turn onto our street from our driveway took a inch or so more wheel turn...didn't feel slow or sloppy on one hand or take extra effort on the other, just felt like a different ratio. Same at the top of Haystack Mountian on I-68 at 70 mph in our two-ton Atlas. The big constant radius bend that usually ended up with over-boosted steering wheel correction - when it plowed and leaned - was now just point and steer. Dynamic setting still feels variable (with more assist at slow speeds than high), but it definitely seenms to behave more precisely and less numb to this driver compared to the default settings.
 

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Don't think "Sport" is a mistake, whether toggled from the Drive Options or an OBD2 interface.. Sports seems to move the steering in the same basic direction as Dynamic. FWIW, I had been using Sport in the Custom On Road section of the Drive Options for many months when I first tried Carista Dynamic....and I felt that it was pretty clear that Dynamic took the steering setting one more notch in the same direction - a good direction. If I have time this week, I'll dig around the Googlz to see if I can be a better read of how VW power steering actually works these days and see if any of the Carista settings are outlined from the perspective of the power steering unit itself. It is definitely adjustable within the VAG-COM firmware, just not sure exactly what each setting changes. As discussed in many forums, the whole gig here is a choice on the part of VW-Audi Group to create products aimed directly at the North American SUV market. It seems logical that the code used to configure all of the MQB sub assemblies contains both US and ROW settings. Gimmie that Rest of the World stuff, thank you :)
 
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