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Old 03-24-2016, 09:26 PM
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2001 x5 4.4 abs module replacement/coding

I just finished installing a new abs module as modulemaster's said my original couldn't be fixed (great company btw, same day refund of all my money I got an email and a phone call from them)

Anyrate my dilemma. No one in my town can do the programming so I have to take it to the bmw dealership to have it done.
Is it OK to drive the car prior to programming or do I need to have it towed?
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:34 PM
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You can drive it, but you won't have functioning ABS or DSC, but the hydraulic Brakes will work fine. It's about an hour's work. Expect that they may estimate more for CYA, but don't agree to too many hours.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:16 AM
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Thank you for the reply
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:33 PM
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Its good to know they were honest about your module. A fews years back I thought my module was toast and the guy I sent it to (good rated ebayer) returned it back to me and didn't charge me anything because he said it was working properly. Turned out to be an intermittently failing rear wheel sensor. Fun times. Hopefully the coding goes smooth.
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When i nstall the new module I ran into an issue. There are 3 small plugs that are in the same section of the wiring harness.
1 goes to the abs module
1 goes to the oil filter housing

But the last one I can't figure/remember out where it goes

Also what is the exact programming software for the abs for my 2001 x5? VMware dis/sss I believe it is. Is there a specific version I need etc?
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:48 AM
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Well just got back from the dealership.

Where to start.
So the module I bought was brand new with no coding I guess as the car wouldn't run at all I didn't even get 100 feet out of my driveway before calli my it quits and putting my old module back in.
-I called 6 local shops that work on bmws and not one said they could do the coding and that the dealership had to do it.
-Dealership...(bmw of columbia)
We'll $1190 later the module is installed and coded.(that's on top of the $428 I paid for the new module)
-the abs /check engine light/middle light are on still
- dealership said they came on this morning and that there is a break in a wire someplace and that it would cost close to $8,000 to replace the harness.

Mean while he could pin point that the break is someplace in the rear driverside area.
-the speedo isn't working
-the mileage still isn't going up

Mean while everything was working just fine prior to the abs module going out.

My guess is they did something to the speedo sensor back there and will need to be replaced. And I say that because of the history this dealership has with fixing one thing but breaking another to get you to spend more (personal history with 2 other cars, as well as countless reviews online from others)
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Sorry! That is just crazy.

Look, worst case should be replacing the engine wiring harness. You can find them on eBay for a few hundred bucks.
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Wow they charged you 700 dollars to install and code it - and people wonder why they call it the stealership.

I mean you have to remove the drivers headlight to get it out but jeez thats a rape job IMO - coding the module takes an hour tops
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Wow! You are getting totally stroked. I know you are in a bind, but you need to find someone else. That is a complete rip off. $8K??? They should be jailed. I think your driver side rear wheel sensor is gone since your speedo isn't working. If it is running and working, start doing some searching about getting your own scanner that will do misc modules. My Creador 310 will read wheel sensors to see if they are operational. Run away from that "dealer" as soon as possible.
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Wow they charged you 700 dollars to install and code it - and people wonder why they call it the stealership.

I mean you have to remove the drivers headlight to get it out but jeez thats a rape job IMO - coding the module takes an hour tops

No they charged 1190 for the install and programming. I had already bought the module before hand. And 2 days to do. But first day doesn't count I guess they had me come in at 830am. And at 5pm they hadn't even started working on it. (Good thing I decided not to sit and wait)

And I had already installed and removed it (took me less then 30min the 2nd time and that included gathering my tools)


Anyrate i already ordered all new sensors for all 4 tires just because....

I had been postponig going to the dealership specifically because of my history with them.

(This 2001 x5 - fix a rear suspension, got it back with motor noise which failed 5 days later (needed a new motor)
My 2000 740 IL - dropped it off for oil change , came back with a bad tail light, dropped that off to get fixed, came back with a broken driverside sear which needed to be replaced

2005 z4 (28 000 miles) took it in for an ignition switch recall. Got it back and the steering wheel was 45 degrees off. They claimed I hit a curb in there parking lot, they fixed it stating they forgot to tighten a bolt and it slipped, got it back and all the buttons on the steering wheel wouldn't work. They said that's an electrical issue which isn't coveted under warranty we'd have to pay to fix it. (This all happened with out me even leaving there parking lot)

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