GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip

GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module
From our Analysis:

From our research and review, it is our opinion that the GTE Stage 1 Performance Works! You will DEFINITELY want to try this!

Works!

Company Profile

The manufacturer is a company called GTE.

Their website, performancechiptuning.com, offers this and several other versions of their OBD and other performance products. The direct product page is here:

https://www.performancechiptuning.com/brands/GTE.html

 

Cost

The cost on the website at the time of this review was $149.95 USD for the GTE Performance Chip module, and $139.95 on eBay, which claims to provide Better Gas Mileage, enhanced pickup, power, and engine performance enhancements.

Cost is an average one, given that so far it appears to be a real chip, not a resistor or light blinker scam. It is an average price point. We purchased one from eBay for testing.

Product Appearance

GTE Performance Chip Tuning Stage 1 Chip
GTE Performance Chip Tuning Stage 1 Chip

The OBD performance module comes in the black case shown in the picture, It doesn’t need an OBD extension cable for placing the chip. The module plugs in directly to the vehicle OBD port.

Installation:

Installation steps were fairly straightforward:

“Step 1: Locate your OBD2 port.

Step 2: Insert stage 1 into your vehicle’s port while the vehicle is in off position.

Step 3: Insert vehicle key and turn the vehicle switch one position (or press your start button) without starting the vehicle. Your dash gauges will turn on. The GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip module needs about 5-10 seconds in this stage to transmit data from your vehicle’s ECU. After 10 seconds, you can start the vehicle normally.

Step 4: Once your vehicle is started for the first time, the GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip module begins a learning process. This process involves gathering data from your onboard computer and transmitting overrides to your ECU for performance and fuel economy improvements. Results can take up to 2 weeks of normal driving to fully complete. ”

Sounds different than most previous modules we tested – Let’s see if it works.

Internal Analysis

 After removing the cover from the module – we see a much more complex circuit board than most of the performance chips- Also, note there is a button, but it has no hole cut through the case. Which is meant to be only for programming or testing purposes.
 
GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module PCB Circuit Board Review / Analysis.
GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module PCB Circuit Board Review / Analysis.
 
The  IC has a JDM-USA Rev. 6.0 label on it. After doing several tests such as Program Memory type, CAN protocol, Program Max Memory Size, and Max CPU Speed and after all test have been made, we determined that the Chip installed is a JDM/Microchip version of the PIC16F59 with improved Programming Memory to 24KB and CAN Bus support verified through our lab tests. We have seen this relabeling from Microchip in other computer related parts such as video cards. However, we are not here to criticize how Microchip handles custom build chips so we are moving forward.   
GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip PCB Circuit Board JDM-USA Label Removed
GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip PCB Circuit Board JDM-USA Label Removed
 
it has a 4mhz Resonator which is more accurate than the lower cost internal oscillators found on other performance chips so it cannot be another light scam chip. 
GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Resonator 4MHz it's more accurate than the lower cost internal oscillators
GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Resonator 4MHz it’s more accurate than the lower cost internal oscillators
 
 
 So far, this board appears to possibly have the capability to do what is claimed:
 

We examined the OBD connections from the connector to the circuit board and the following nine pins are connected: 2,4,5,6,7,10,14,15,16.

Let’s  check the OBD protocols and which pins they require:

http://www.pfdiagnose.com/FAQ1.html
http://www.pfdiagnose.com/FAQ1.html

From this chart, we see the following protocols and which pins must be present for them to be used:

CAN – 4, 6, 14, 16

PWM -2, 4, 5, 10, 16

VPW – 2, 4, 5, 16

ISO – 4, 5, 7, 16

So we can conclude from this that the GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip module:

HAS all OBD connections to the CAN protocol

HAS all OBD connections for the PWM protocol

HAS all OBD connections for the ISO protocol

HAS all OBD connections for the VPW protocol

From these connections, the GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module does have the capability to interface to any of these protocols. According to the product information, the company claims it is custom programmed for use with only one vehicle. For use on another vehicle, it must be reprogrammed.

Operation

We connected the GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module to our BMW 3 Series 2003 3.0L as instructed and the lights came on as expected:

GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module working Power Link and Data Lights
GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module working Power Link and Data Lights

For about 1 week we drove only a few miles and did notice a definite improvement in throttle response and pick up power. In addition, the idle and overall handling of the engine did seem to be smoother. We tested in a large run and noticed we had gained almost 3MPG on fuel economy.

Analysis

It is clear from our analysis so far that the GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module is capable of delivering real gains and is a good choice for those seeking a general tuning solution.

Company Response

We sent the following message to the company before completing this review, and received this response.

Our message to the company:

Hello,

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 scam?
2) Do you have any real-world proof?

Company’s response:

GTE-Stage1-Performance-Chip-Module-Response-Email
GTE-Stage1-Performance-Chip-Module-Response-Email

It is comforting to receive a response that answers our questions without threats or intimidation for a change. The module does seem closer to the ‘real deal’ than many others we have analyzed to date.

Conclusion

From our research and review, it is our opinion that the GTE Stage 1 Performance Works! You will DEFINITELY want to try this!

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13 Replies to “GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip”

  1. I liked your review of the gte stage 1 plug in. I have a 2011 cad. srx with the 3.0 265 hp engine, it has 54,000 miles on the odometer. I also see they (gte) have a stage 2, 3, & 4. Have you reviewed those also? Are they (stage 2,3,4) the same overall internally ( main circuitry) or are they more advanced, other than their ability to display mileage etc? Which stage would you recommend for my vehicle? Thank you !

    1. Hello Gary,
      We appreciate your comment. We are not aware of any other Performance Chip made by GTE Brand. There are many other brands on the market using “Stage 1,2,3,15,16, etc” but none of these brands are brand related.
      Notice: The higher the Stage of the Chip, not necessarily meant the performance Chip is newer or have a more reliable technology inside. Some just use “Stages” on the title to pretend to be newer.

      1. My mistake, I clicked on “where to buy” and it took my to a site that showed products for my cad. SRX. They were listed across the page as stage 1,2,3,4. I assumed they were all GTE products. I got caught assuming, oops! Thanks for pointing that out to me. Have a great day!

  2. Based on your review I ordered a GTE Stage 1 for my new 2018 Yukon SLE.
    It runs great however unless you are driving on a very long flat road the multi-displacement 8cyl. gets horrible fuel economy here in the wretched state of CA.
    My previous vehicle was a 2013 Silverado 2500 HD Duramax which I purchased a mighty mite performance chip from Canada and on a trip to Co. and back it definitely lit up more of the turbo and was worth every dime in performance and increase in MPG.
    I am hoping for the GTE chip to help in performance and increased MPG for the new Yukon SLE.

  3. First thanks for your article on GTE Stage 1 Performance Chip Module. I just purchased a 2019 Subaru Legacy sport with the 2.5. There really aren’t any other performance parts I’ve come across for this car, but I’m willing to spend the $99 if it really does deliver a little better mpg/hp.
    A few questions before purchasing:
    1) What kind of improvement should I realistically expect in mpg/hp for this car?
    2) Will it work with 87 octane gas or does it require higher?
    3) Does the chip have to be plugged into the OBD2 port at all times or will the ECU remember it’s reprogramming if removed?

    1. Hello,
      Thank you for reading our article, please follow the link “where to buy” below the article, this link will take you to the manufacturer/retailer website where you can ask more details for this performance chip.

  4. I have a 2018 Accord sport 1.5 turbo and I purchased the stage one because price was really good and I figured it be worth a shot. With that being said I know with the K tuner you can reset back to factory setting so you can go to the dealership to get maintnece done. Will the GTE allow me to do the same type of thing? Or was this a waste of money for me ?

  5. planning on purchasing a stage 1 to install in a 2016 gas ford 250 4×4 6.2 liter v8 super duty.
    have a chip your car chip and it did nothing to improve mpg in truck.
    do you think your chip will do what you say it will do?

  6. I bought a 2018 tacoma and hate the shifting of the tranny, it constantly shifts and a total annoying problem with the new vehicle.

    Will your device do anything to help in the shifting lag and performance? From all the Tacoma owners I talk to they all complain about the constant shifting.

    Thanks

  7. When buying and installing the chip, after the 2 weeks do you still leave the chip connected?. And also, when driving for those 2 weeks do you have to drive how you would normally drive (kinda fast) or more street safe oriented? Thank you.

  8. Has this Stage 1 been used with a turbo. Specifically, I have a 2015 Mercedes C300 , W205 I4 turbo? Does the company have any info on use with a turbo, specifically the Mercedes W205.
    Thanks.

  9. I put the GTE Stage 1 in my 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT rated at 17/25 mpg. The improvement in engine response was immediate. The shift points smoothed out. The accelleration was better and smoother. But I was initially horrified when my in-town mileage dropped to 13.8mpg for a few days. I emailed the GTE folks and they said “really, give it a couple weeks…you have a 60 day return policy, and it takes a while to program itself to your engine and driving”. Well, after about 2 weeks I started getting 18mpg city. I took it on 2k mile road trip and got over 26mpg. So, even if I get just 1mpg improvement in gas mileage, the vehicle runs so much better that this thing is A KEEPER. I’ll be putting one in my 2000 Ford F150 next. TWO THUMBS UP

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