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Gents, I ordered a replacement ECU for a GTV 3.2 litre for £600. When I fitted the ECU it would not start the engine cos the ECU would not earth the fuel pump relay. After phone calls the company that sold it to me were adamant that the problem was with my car and not the ECU. So I took the car to an electrician and then an ECU specialist and they both confirmed that the problem was the ECU. This took some weeks. When I went back to the company that sold me the ECU the guy that sold it to me had 'moved on'. I then had to deal with the very arrogant owner of the company who insisted on getting the whole car to his garage. I did this and he fitted another ECU ( guess what ?, it started ! ). He then asked me for another £600 !. I paid it and told him I would take him to a small claims court. I did this and I was awarded the £600 plus expenses. Moral of the story : don't be bullied by 'big' Alfa Dealers taking the p*ss. If you know you are in the right take time out and take them to court. The courts know that you are not there cos you want to be and are sympathetic to the little guy.
 

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Wow sounds like a nightmare.
But surely the awarded £600 doesn't cover all your losses, ie independent checks, travel costs to their garage.?
 

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I don't understand why he would ask you for another £600 just for swapping over the ECU's. He got the original one back, right ?
 

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I may be wrong.................. but i think all new ECU are delivered in "virgin" state and once you install it, It gets given all the coding it needs........................... so in effect once its installed from new it can never be sold on again as a new one as all new ones are virgin units thats why he would have argued he cant have it back
 

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Glad you got your problem sorted. But you should spill the beans as to
Who the company is who sold the ECU ;)
The ECU was sent to me in a "virginilised" state. This can be done many times to the same ECU. When it did not work the company used this against me saying I had not fitted it soon enough. Of course that was not the problem at all. Yeah, I won the case but if I'd had my act together regarding expences I could have been a lot better off. The trouble is that if you turn up in court with 'made up' expenses you could be in big trouble. My problem was that all the companies that looked at my car and towed it around were "cash in hand " jobbies. No matter, I still got £260 expenses. I would love to name and shame the company. To name the company would invite the owner onto the forum with his lies and half truths, he is often on these forums.
 
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