1.6 147 Twin Spark ('03) - Fitting a used ECU. Help please.
Firstly, I have just joined and want to what a great community you have here. So many threads and helpful/friendly replies.
I have a a 2003 Alfa Romeo 147 Twin Spark which, up until yesterday, was working fine. I went to start the car and all I got was the screen flashing 'immlbilizer failure' and the engine light flickering while it was attepting to start.
Also, when I press lock on the key, the car beeps, locks and then unlocks.
I later got this diagnosed as 'dry joints' on the ECU because when we squeezed the two plugs together, the car started and would then stop once the pressure was released. I was told that I would need a new ECU and to have this programmed to my Alfa.
I have managed to track down an ECU online that has most of the same numbers as the one on my label, and am holding off buying it till I get some more information.
When talking with the Alfa dealer, I was informed that you cannot 'recode' an ECU to another car and instead I would have to spend £1000 on a brand new ECU and a further £100 for them to programme it and provide a new immobilizer code.
Can someone please help me understand all of this and whether or not I can fit this used ECU into my car and find a way of getting it working and what I would need to do so.
I have also heard mutterings on getting ECUs reconditioned if anyone has any information?
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.