Hey Guys - New Alfa owner here in Dublin. I put a post up in the 156 forum and they recommended I throw it up here.
Just 'inherited' a 1998 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 L TS - Dark green with tan leather.. its my first car so I'm not sure if this has been a mistake but I love it already!
So I have taken it for the NCT and it has failed on a Airbag light and ABS light that is showing. I was able to fix the ABS light - battery was loose. But I brought it to South Dublin Alfa Fiat in Goatstown - it was closest to my place. They ran a diagnostic and has resulted that the Airbag ECU is dead/fried. They have quoted me 450 Euro for replacement and extra for Labour - is this way overpriced?
Anyway I'm thinking - Can I do this myself? How easy is it to replace an ECU and what are the steps? Looking around I think I need to do the following:
1. New ECU - Ebay? What should I be looking for?
2. Download Diag Software
3. Get Modified cable - is this possible to get around here still?
4. Insert new ECU
5. Run Diag and Clear codes on new chip.
6. Happy days!
Am I being really naive thinking this is possible and will I save money/time? I'd love to be able to solve this myself - but if it is beyond my reach then that is fair enough!
I've read alot about T1 Autos with Gerry but getting the time off work to make it over will be dificult and only when I can justify a days leave from work i'd say... I could bring it to the Dun Laoighre garage..
Appreciate any help and tips you guys can share.