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New BMW factory ECU’s may Detect Modifications…

Rumors | April 21st, 2008 by 8

Seems the rumor mill is churning again. It seems that BMW may be placing a new ECU in vehicles rolling of the production line in March and …

Seems the rumor mill is churning again. It seems that BMW may be placing a new ECU in vehicles rolling of the production line in March and going forward that may detect engine modifications. Rumor has it that it is a new ECU aka DME (hardware not software) that could store any abnormal readings and then these readings or CEL's (Check Engine Lights) could be read by your dealer next time you come in for warranty work or an oil change.

If this is true then it does seem to make sense as BMW is slowing entering it's own in the release of it's "BMW Performance" Catalog for those of us seeking a few extra HP. And "BMW Performance" could be another source of revenue for BMW as well.

Again all rumor and we don't know how this will affect any "tunes" or modifications going forward but we will keep an eye out and an ear to the ground let you know. 

  • Rich

    This is not a rumor. It has been confirmed by many.

  • Jake C

    Thanks Rich. Yes I have seen reports that several people have this new ECU. However I have not seen anyone with the new ECU have it modified and “flagged” by a dealership yet. So we will have to wait and see how this affects any performance enhancing modifications and if the dealerships will alert the owner of the vehicle.

    – J

  • Rich

    Okay, that sounds more accurage. Hopefully, a workaround will be developed soon from all major tuners.

  • Rich

    accurate*

  • Mark

    So if this WERE to be true, would that mean the end of folks like Hartge, Hamman, Dinan, UUC, etc??

    Cheers,

  • Jake C

    Mark,

    I think Dinan is already working on a workaround. Some of the other tuners may be as well. I don’t think this would be the end of all the folks who sell the goodies to make our cars faster.

    – J

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