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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-03-2005, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all -

first post here, not new to forums or BMWs (had our E30 cabrio for 8 years) it's a 92 with the DOHC 4-cyl engine (M42?).

Anyhow, a friend of mine had a '92 E36 318i which he sold recently, and he handed me a Dinan D900-1834E chip. 28-pin EEPROM. (is the ECU in my E30 behind the glovebox?)

Being as that these 2 cars share the same basic engine, is it feasible that I can just plug this sucker into my ECU? The ECU numbers ARE different, but ???

Any insight into this would be great. I'd love to eek a few more HP out of the car, for it's really not THAT powerful (hell, my Golf TDI is quicker) but my wife loves it so much I can't pry it out of her hands.

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If you are getting the chip for free its worth a try. The worst that is going to happen is the car won't run and you will have to switch back to the stock chip. To get at the E30 DME open the glove box, take out the two pins that hold the straps on the side of the glove box so the box will open all the way, take out the two 1/4 turn pins that help hold the plastic cover over the DME(one will be on the right side towards the back, the other will be directly across on the left), the take out the two screws at the front of the plastic cover. The DME will now be exposed. Take out the 4 10mm bolts that hold the DME in place and undo the main connector for the DME. You don't need to disconnect the battery when taking out the DME, just make sure the car has been turned off for at least 5min before you unplug the connector off the DME.
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thanks ill give it a go. and hey, we're practically neighbors... I'm in Fair Oaks.
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