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Stuck on vacation - who makes cat delete flash?

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The day before we left for vacation, I took the car to the dealer to have a new key programmed, and for an alignment. Several hundred miles into our drive, I started experiencing misfires, and getting catalyst performance below threshold, and O2 Sensor #2 out of spec. MIL codes. I have a downtube, and no cat/o2 sensor 2, and the ECU Software Flash on the chip I had removed those codes. Somehow, my flash was overwritten. I limped the car to the APR headquarters in Alabama, and the folks there were kind enough to get me going again (sans $550), as they said my ECU did not show in their database as having their software. Car runs well with APR, no more codes, but idles at 750rpm, which is not a high enough idle when the AC, Radio, Phones plugged in, GPS, satellite radio, headlights are all on - drains the battery in about 2-3 minutes of sitting at a light. I'd like to find out what the original software was - I always though it was APR, but the previous owner was the one who did the work on it.

My question - what other companies have flashes for a B5 2003 Passat 1.8T Wagon that have a cat-delete/O2 #2 delete option (ie, remove the thresholds for catalyst and catalyst O2 sensor)?

What I know:

1) It was programmed through the ECU port, there was no "module" installed
2) APR didn't have VIN in their database, and they said there was no "module" installed.
3) GIAC, as a California company, can't do the cat-delete/testpipe option
4) I don't think it was Revo
5) Car vin is not in the Unitronics database
6) I don't think it's Neuspeed - isn't that just a module?

Any assistance with finding out what the original software on the car was would be hugely appreciated!

Many thanks in advance!
TJ Tryon
2003 Passat 1.8T Wagon
2011 GTI
1973 Porsche 914
1995 BMW 318i (race car)
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tjtryon, are you the one who had it flashed originally? If not, perhaps the ECU came from another car, thus the VIN did not match up with APRs database. But I don't have any experience with APR, and I'd take Electron Man's word.

You can adjust RPMs with VCDS (full version, I don't think VCDS Lite can do that).
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