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Arrow ALPINA D3 (Diesel) Transmission Flash

Several forum members have asked me about the Alpina D3 transmission flash. I finally had time to look into it and verify the firmware release. Others have shared limited information to date, but none have been as complete. Enjoy!

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ECU Family: GKE215
Assembly Number (ZB/ZUSB): 7603531
Release Date: 23.04.2009

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which transmission is this firmware compatible with?

The ZF 6HP 6 Speed Automatic Transmission (6HP19TÜ or 6HP21)

2. Which vehicle(s) was this firmware qualified for?
  • E92 320d
  • E90 LCI 320d (09/08-12/11)
  • E91 LCI 318d (09/08-02/10)
  • E91 LCI 320d (03/10-05/12)
  • E92 LCI 320d (03/10-05/13)
3. How can I verify that my transmission is compatible with this firmware?

Display the part numbers of all installed modules with INPA...E90 -> Select E90 -> Functional Jobs -> <F2> Identification. The part number of the EGS module should be 7591971.

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You're welcome!

Which ZB number is your EGS module currently flashed with?
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Which ZB number is your EGS module currently flashed with?
Currently on ZB. 7598809

This is based on a E92 from 2008

I do got other friends who want this, but they do have a E92 320i and a E90 325d 2009.

Would this fit for those one to?
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Currently on ZB. 7598809

This is based on a E92 from 2008

I do got other friends who want this, but they do have a E92 320i and a E90 325d 2009.

Would this fit for those one to?
What was your original ZB number before you flashed the D3 flash?

You mentioned in your PM that the rev limiter increased to 4800-4900, what was it before?

With regards to the 2008 E92, which model is it? A 330xd?

It will probably work, the TCU is compatible with the D3 flash. However, BMW never qualified that model. Your mileage may vary...let us know the results!

E92 320i, definitely not.

E90 325d, most likely the TCU would accept the flash, but it wasn't qualified with vehicles with a M57 engine. I wouldn't recommend it.
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What was your original ZB number before you flashed the D3 flash?

You mentioned in your PM that the rev limiter increased to 4800-4900, what was it before?

With regards to the 2008 E92, which model is it? A 330xd?

It will probably work, the TCU is compatible with the D3 flash. However, BMW never qualified that model. Your mileage may vary...let us know the results!

E92 320i, definitely not.

E90 325d, most likely the TCU would accept the flash, but it wasn't qualified with vehicles with a M57 engine. I wouldn't recommend it.
In DS (before) it was max 4500!
Now in S it's 4800-4900 rpm!

The car was a 320d E92.
With ZB EGS: 7598809 I flashed the Alpina zb. , I have a printscreen of the UIF in INPA.

The 325d not possible? That's a shame but then again, Alpina used the 320d versions for upgrades.

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For a 123D from 2009 with the EGS zb nr. 7601480
Engine N47S

Will it be possible to flash the Alpina D3 transmission? From my guessing (don't shoot me), the TCU should accept it since the zb. is almost the same.

What do you think 808AWD325xi ?
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For a 123D from 2009 with the EGS zb nr. 7601480
Engine N47S

Will it be possible to flash the Alpina D3 transmission? From my guessing (don't shoot me), the TCU should accept it since the zb. is almost the same.

What do you think 808AWD325xi ?
The TCU is compatible with the D3 flash. Most likely it will work because ZB number 7601480 was qualified for the E90 LCI 320d (04/10-12/11) RHD and the D3 flash was qualified for the LHD version.

Give it a shot and report back!

Does the D3 flash display D1, S1, M1, etc.?
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The TCU is compatible with the D3 flash. Most likely it will work because ZB number 7601480 was qualified for the E90 LCI 320d (04/10-12/11) RHD and the D3 flash was qualified for the LHD version.

Give it a shot and report back!

Does the D3 flash display D1, S1, M1, etc.?
Yes but this is a 123D, but then again the 1 series are not that different from the 3 series.

The D3 flash DOES show D1, S1, ...

Will report once friend passes by!

One sidenote: the car his sound changed a bit from the outside! It's more agressive! Really game changer.

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Small update: in manual mode the transmission will NOT interfere with shifting! You will have to shift manually, if you do not do this your car WILL go to 5.000 RPM!

Might try to flash this first and then update the GKE215 module, might have a update?
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Many thanks for sharing.

Its too early for me to give comprehensive feedback however early observations;

1- It gives typical alpina D1, M1 and DS1 so you know all the time as to in which gear you are driving.

2- With normal day to day driving, I have not felt any significant differences except it shifts bit early in D mode. So, doing 30 MPH I was in 4th gear. I do not have evidence to say that with normal transmission flash, it would be different case as I could not see what gear was it using when doing 30 MPH.

I am yet to try DS and M mode.

3- It DOES NOT change any tone of the exhaust and has nothing to do with that.

4- I would add to original post that after flashing it, clear all the codes as your car will have plenty of DME, GKS, CAS and FRM errors which are due to flashing process than permanent errors.

5- After this flashing, there is no error on the display however inpa shows coding error for the gear box. You can erase it temporarily however every time yous start the car, it recognize that you do not have alpina and throw the error. Nothing big but worth of considering it if you are OCD.

I will test it comprehensively for sometime and will report back. These tests are conducted on 2010 320d with 40K miles and running 220-225 BHP. I have flashed it as alpina D3 has lower power output than mine so ideally it should augment my BHP difference and should shift it quicker.
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Many thanks for sharing.

Its too early for me to give comprehensive feedback however early observations;

1- It gives typical alpina D1, M1 and DS1 so you know all the time as to in which gear you are driving.

2- With normal day to day driving, I have not felt any significant differences except it shifts bit early in D mode. So, doing 30 MPH I was in 4th gear. I do not have evidence to say that with normal transmission flash, it would be different case as I could not see what gear was it using when doing 30 MPH.

I am yet to try DS and M mode.

3- It DOES NOT change any tone of the exhaust and has nothing to do with that.

4- I would add to original post that after flashing it, clear all the codes as your car will have plenty of DME, GKS, CAS and FRM errors which are due to flashing process than permanent errors.

5- After this flashing, there is no error on the display however inpa shows coding error for the gear box. You can erase it temporarily however every time yous start the car, it recognize that you do not have alpina and throw the error. Nothing big but worth of considering it if you are OCD.

I will test it comprehensively for sometime and will report back. These tests are conducted on 2010 320d with 40K miles and running 220-225 BHP. I have flashed it as alpina D3 has lower power output than mine so ideally it should augment my BHP difference and should shift it quicker.
As for your 4th argument: then your flash probably did not go as expected. I did NOT have any faults in the DME, GKS, CAS and FRM module.

I did however toke my key out, and locked the car for 5 minutes.
Recode default the EGS module and the way we go.
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Many thanks for sharing.

Its too early for me to give comprehensive feedback however early observations;

1- It gives typical alpina D1, M1 and DS1 so you know all the time as to in which gear you are driving.

2- With normal day to day driving, I have not felt any significant differences except it shifts bit early in D mode. So, doing 30 MPH I was in 4th gear. I do not have evidence to say that with normal transmission flash, it would be different case as I could not see what gear was it using when doing 30 MPH.

I am yet to try DS and M mode.

3- It DOES NOT change any tone of the exhaust and has nothing to do with that.

4- I would add to original post that after flashing it, clear all the codes as your car will have plenty of DME, GKS, CAS and FRM errors which are due to flashing process than permanent errors.

5- After this flashing, there is no error on the display however inpa shows coding error for the gear box. You can erase it temporarily however every time yous start the car, it recognize that you do not have alpina and throw the error. Nothing big but worth of considering it if you are OCD.

I will test it comprehensively for sometime and will report back. These tests are conducted on 2010 320d with 40K miles and running 220-225 BHP. I have flashed it as alpina D3 has lower power output than mine so ideally it should augment my BHP difference and should shift it quicker.
As for your 4th argument: then your flash probably did not go as expected. I did NOT have any faults in the DME, GKS, CAS and FRM module.

I did however toke my key out, and locked the car for 5 minutes.
Recode default the EGS module and the way we go.
Not necessary as point 4 depends on the build date and other attributes of your car...
I have flashed at least 40-50 335i with alpina gearbox and some of them get these temporary errors while others do not.
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Not necessary as point 4 depends on the build date and other attributes of your car...
I have flashed at least 40-50 335i with alpina gearbox and some of them get these temporary errors while others do not.
Count me in for the same!

As for this one, I've done this on 3 E90 320d and 1 E92 320d.

Did not have any issues with the modules.
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As far as I know it can also be applied to 325d lci automatic.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Ok, I have driven the car for 500 miles with alpine transmission.
Here is my observations;

1- 320d without remap is a dull car. I used some tweaks and suggested output is 220BHP-225 BHP. Tweaking made car alive and very responsive at speeds above 40 MPH. It has nothing to do with alpina but my next bullet will explain the context of this bullet.

2- Aplina flash may not help you if you have standard 320d. However, if you have tweaked 320d then worth of trying. As it is better match for remapped / tweaked cars.

3- If you are a slow driver and usually use the torque of the car, then this may not be for you or you may not like it as alpina transmission revs higher. It shifts around 4-4.2 K in D whereas in normal flash, it may shift at 3.8-4K. In DS, it shifts at 4.7K as compared to 4.5K.

4- In D mode, car is like driving in DS mode. More responsive in all gears.

5- DS mode is waste of time as car keep reving very high and has past its peak torque and HP. Probably you will be wasting your fuel. DS mode will only help you if you are racing from stand still and when car is rolling, D is better IMHO.

6- Real difference is 50 MPH and above till you hit illegal speeds. Alpina transmission flash is quicker in achieving those speeds.

7- Alpina transmission is smoother than standard transmission flash.

8- The only drawback is reving high and I do not like diesel engines revving really high. For some, this will be positive point.

Overall, positive experience except point 8.
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Ok, I have driven the car for 500 miles with alpine transmission.
Here is my observations;

1- 320d without remap is a dull car. I used some tweaks and suggested output is 220BHP-225 BHP. Tweaking made car alive and very responsive at speeds above 40 MPH. It has nothing to do with alpina but my next bullet will explain the context of this bullet.

2- Aplina flash may not help you if you have standard 320d. However, if you have tweaked 320d then worth of trying. As it is better match for remapped / tweaked cars.

3- If you are a slow driver and usually use the torque of the car, then this may not be for you or you may not like it as alpina transmission revs higher. It shifts around 4-4.2 K in D whereas in normal flash, it may shift at 3.8-4K. In DS, it shifts at 4.7K as compared to 4.5K.

4- In D mode, car is like driving in DS mode. More responsive in all gears.

5- DS mode is waste of time as car keep reving very high and has past its peak torque and HP. Probably you will be wasting your fuel. DS mode will only help you if you are racing from stand still and when car is rolling, D is better IMHO.

6- Real difference is 50 MPH and above till you hit illegal speeds. Alpina transmission flash is quicker in achieving those speeds.

7- Alpina transmission is smoother than standard transmission flash.

8- The only drawback is reving high and I do not like diesel engines revving really high. For some, this will be positive point.

Overall, positive experience except point 8.
Superb writeup, couldn't do it better myself.
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Many thanks for sharing.

Its too early for me to give comprehensive feedback however early observations;

1- It gives typical alpina D1, M1 and DS1 so you know all the time as to in which gear you are driving.

2- With normal day to day driving, I have not felt any significant differences except it shifts bit early in D mode. So, doing 30 MPH I was in 4th gear. I do not have evidence to say that with normal transmission flash, it would be different case as I could not see what gear was it using when doing 30 MPH.

I am yet to try DS and M mode.

3- It DOES NOT change any tone of the exhaust and has nothing to do with that.

4- I would add to original post that after flashing it, clear all the codes as your car will have plenty of DME, GKS, CAS and FRM errors which are due to flashing process than permanent errors.

5- After this flashing, there is no error on the display however inpa shows coding error for the gear box. You can erase it temporarily however every time yous start the car, it recognize that you do not have alpina and throw the error. Nothing big but worth of considering it if you are OCD.

I will test it comprehensively for sometime and will report back. These tests are conducted on 2010 320d with 40K miles and running 220-225 BHP. I have flashed it as alpina D3 has lower power output than mine so ideally it should augment my BHP difference and should shift it quicker.
You're welcome, makkan00 !!

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Ok, I have driven the car for 500 miles with alpine transmission.
Here is my observations;

1- 320d without remap is a dull car. I used some tweaks and suggested output is 220BHP-225 BHP. Tweaking made car alive and very responsive at speeds above 40 MPH. It has nothing to do with alpina but my next bullet will explain the context of this bullet.

2- Aplina flash may not help you if you have standard 320d. However, if you have tweaked 320d then worth of trying. As it is better match for remapped / tweaked cars.

3- If you are a slow driver and usually use the torque of the car, then this may not be for you or you may not like it as alpina transmission revs higher. It shifts around 4-4.2 K in D whereas in normal flash, it may shift at 3.8-4K. In DS, it shifts at 4.7K as compared to 4.5K.

4- In D mode, car is like driving in DS mode. More responsive in all gears.

5- DS mode is waste of time as car keep reving very high and has past its peak torque and HP. Probably you will be wasting your fuel. DS mode will only help you if you are racing from stand still and when car is rolling, D is better IMHO.

6- Real difference is 50 MPH and above till you hit illegal speeds. Alpina transmission flash is quicker in achieving those speeds.

7- Alpina transmission is smoother than standard transmission flash.

8- The only drawback is reving high and I do not like diesel engines revving really high. For some, this will be positive point.

Overall, positive experience except point 8.
Great review, thank you !!

I'll update the first post.

Keep the feedback coming guys!
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Hi guys,
I have flashed my GB with Alpina d3, however this started to happening:

When throttle is on 30% it shifts funny- rpms are on 2000 and suddenly jumos to 2300 and then it shifts up.
What could it be?
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