The statement "a man has to know his limitations" always applies.
When you look at the potential of an aftermarket PCM along with a dedicated, diligent, capable owner, it is better.
Dealing with the lowest common denominator, don't bother. The lowest common denominator, minus a pile of cash, equals fail regardless of what is controlling the thing.
Now you enter what the options are, and what the checkbook is, capability is, and desire of the owner is. BLM and Aunt-Tifa would not approve of such a statement.
A chip car, with a (good) stock MAF, may work good with gas only, but maybe difficult to max tune with alky. Very little options for tuning the ramp.
A basic translator with a TT chip may be good with gas only, but may be difficult to max tune with alky. It is one thing to tune for simply stomping on it at the line, and something else to be able to roll in on the street.
I am not sure why the GENII translator and the MAFT pro did not get better press other than above qualification. I would recommend a better way to wire tap though, only short coming of the product that I have seen. Takes a little study to understand. I use the MAFT pro as a translator, and it is the most versatile translator you could buy. It is the only reason I have not upgraded yet. I know Eric makes great chips, but to not acknowledge Bob's translator chips as the best factory extension available, and the fact that they will measure air flow to a ridiculous levels, and not require any adjustment boggles my mind.
Eric now offers the axis, which I am just as surprised has not gleaned more attention. I guess it is either rocket scientist or cavemen trying to tune the cars.
SD2 option, fantastic option
Last option after market PCM, limitless tuning and adjust-ability. Make sure you know what you are doing.
Everything about these cars at this age can be quirky, now introduce new electronics and that may require some effort, most likely will.
So simply put, one shoe does not fit everybody, thank God.