Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: I would rather not say
major 147 help needed before i scrap the car!!!!!
I bought what i thought was a bargain 147 tspark, it had overheated and needed a new engine. I obtained a real good engine with only 20 k on the engine. I then installed the new engine into the car carefuly(i am a full time mechanic by trade) and reconnected wires plubing etc. Went to start the car and it came up immobilser key fault. I then had to take it to alfa dealers for what i thought would be a simple recoding of the key as i thought it might has lost the code due to the battery being disconnected for a couple of days. Alfa said a new key is needed as mine is completley dead, i said ok and 250 quid lighter i then get a phone call to say a new ecu is needed at a staggering cost of 900 quid, i said **** off the car aint worth that!!!!. so here i am with a new key at 250, a engine that cost 500, the car cost 400, it just wouldnt be wise to spend all that money on a new ecu and maybe still not right. Sory for the long story(thought it would be better if i told every 1 the full story). My main question is what the hell could have happened to my ecu? or does anyone else have any ideas whats wrong? alfa said they couldnt get the ecu to flag up a fault, which they need before they are allowed a new one from italy as they have to proof its gone faulty. i said about geting a second hand one and puting it in my car and he said thats not possible as ecu are made specifally for your chasis number! is this true?. ive changed ecu before on customers cars with no problems but are alfas different?, any help ideas greatfully recieved as i am about to have a nervous breakdown lol....