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  1. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    It was doing it every time I turned the ignition off (despite having checked it each time and levels were fine).....
  2. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    I send them a text. Guy can't remember the number but it was a 7amp fuse on the right side of the glovebox fuse holder.
  3. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    Hi, appears to be all sorted. No lights, warnings and all gauges working. It seems there was a blown fuse causing the issues after coding. I really appreciate the help you offered on this. Cheers.
  4. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    They did connect a power supply for the coding. I guess there is still quite a lot of power being consumed with doors/bonnet open etc. I dont know what was used for coding but it allegedly took a couple of hours. The steering angle sensor issue was also addressed.
  5. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    hi. yes, the altermator was checked and was shown to be working fine. The battery itself was apparently very slightly down on normal which might be, I was told, because it would have been drained during the coding which took some time and so a long run should sort it out. I am relunctant to go on a long run with the oil temperature on maximum, even though I am sure this is a faulty reading. Looking at forums it seems there is a sensor for the oil temp and oil level somewhere in the sump. It might be a coincidence but is it possible the re-coding could have messed this up? thanks again.
  6. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    UPDATE: New unit fitted and all the orange lights are out and everything seems to be working as far as the braking system is concerned ......however The engine oil temperature gauge goes straight to maximum 150 - the car has only been driven for a few minutes. Water temp gauge is normal The red battery warning is on - the car is turning over perfectly normally The dashboard warning has come on a couple of times to say "check oil level" - it is fine. Any thoughts? Seeing the electronics guy again tomorrow but so far I am being told this is nothing to do with the coding that was done today although the battery could have been drained during the process and a long drive should sort it out. thanks....
  7. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    Next time (although hopefully there won't be one!)
  8. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    Thanks again. I appreciate you taking the time to help. Unfortunately I have already committed to buying from BMW (arrives tomorrow). To be honest, although it is more expensive, I generally prefer to buy from a main dealer as it comes with warranty etc and I am a little less confident about using ebay. Fingers crossed on the pump.
  9. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    Hi thanks for this. I am pretty sure it was ACtronics who eventually deemed it unrepairable. I need the car (and MoT is due soon) so have opted to get a new unit (just the control unit) from BMW for about £1k which will be coded by someone who I am assured has the necessary equipment to access and download the original factory coding from BMW HQ in Germany. There was a fault reading relating to the pump at one point (although all checks showed it to be working properly) so the expectation/hope is that this was coming up as a result of the failed unit. Not sure if I am doing the right thing but confess to having been well and truly bamboozled by technical jargon and acronyms for about two months over this issue!
  10. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    Thanks. Have registered and having a browse. The ABS/DCS/tyre control inactive issue, all of which I have, seems like a bit of a minefield.
  11. gbrownings

    ECU failure - advice please

    Bit of a saga really which started with the ABS DCS and assorted orange lights coming on. Initial check came up as failed ABS front wheel sensor failure. Replaced but lights came back. Was recommended an experienced electronics person who did various tests but concluded that the ABS ECU Unit needed to be sent off for repair/recondition. Twice it was returned allegedly fixed but when put back on the car the DCS came on after about 100 yards of driving. ABS pump readings OK but a host of completely unrelated code errors came up (eg low brake fluid - not true etc). Some of these error codes could not even be cleared. Sent back to ECU repair specialists for a third time who now say it cannot be repaired. So, I am after advice on my options? They seem to be buying a brand new unit from BMW. This is clearly a very expensive option as the unit comes complete with the associated pump etc (which is probably working) and would need programming. A second option I am being given is buying a second hand ECU (which would cost around half a new one) but I am unclear whether it is possible to recode a second hand ECU to my car? The chap I am dealing with says that sometimes it can be done but not always. It would cost about half as much as a new one, but would be a gamble, I guess, if it doesnt work or cannot be recoded/programmed to my vehicle. I hope this makes sense but as you may have gleaned from my less than technical description I am no expert on car electronics. I will be speaking to BMW but I suspect they will only be able to quote a price for replacing the whole thing which is likely to be in excess of £2k. Any thoughts or advice appreciated, as ever.
  12. gbrownings

    B Pillar rust/scuff

    Small bit of rust on two of the centre (B?) pillars. I believe it is a replaceable trim part. Is it an easy job? I have found a couple of YouTube video guides. One seems relatively straightforward (removing window trim and undoing a couple of screws); the other appears to require dismantling half the car! Also do the trims come pre-painted? Mine is black sapphire. As ever, advice appreciated. Cheers Terry
  13. gbrownings

    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Thanks. Looks great! Lovely looking car. Sits more like mine used to. I guess I need to go for the intrax set up.
  14. gbrownings

    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Thanks for that. I guess I may have to choose whether to revert to all OEM and change the Bilsteins or try the Intrax springs. I assume the latter would be the cheaper option? This is how it currently sits. I am not overly fussy about the ride height and it is a considerable improvement on the old suspension but not as good as I remember when I bought the car nearly 13 years ago!
  15. gbrownings

    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Any chance of a picture of how the car sits? I have just replaced my suspension with B8s and new OEM springs. It sits an inch or so higher than before (front and rear) and feels quite bouncy although this might be because the old suspension had become saggy and had certainly dropped the car height. It needed replacing but I am wondering if I took the correct advice on the replacement set up. Only done a few 100 miles or so and I may get used to it or it will settle down.
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