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      08-01-2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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Alpine Reflash Possible for me?

Hi all, I just checked my VIN to check the production month of my car. Checked out to be produced in 02/2007, I think I read the Alpine reflash is for 03/2007 and up, am I out of luck?
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      08-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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Just read for sure 03/07 and up only, think I felt my heart just break. This is the first automatic car Ive ever owned, probably going to be my last. So now I find out car is non sport model, gotta buy new steering wheel to get paddles and now I cant flash my transmission.

Someone pat me on the back and tell me it will be ok please, lol! Might be trading this thing back in sooner rather than later.
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      08-01-2013, 08:59 AM   #3
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Sorry, about the only thing you can do is drop the valve body and replace the MCM with a newer controller.
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how much work is involved with doing that?

does that mean the tranny could then be flashed?
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      08-01-2013, 09:11 AM   #5
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Ramps or lift, drop the pan, disconnect MCM, drop the valve body and replace with newer valve body with MCM from newer transmission, install NEW pan (ECS Tuning has a good kit with Red Line Oil) fill with oil. (Never use the old pan... The filter is located in the pan...) Sammy has a DIY on valve body removal. Car-Part dot com has listings for used transmissions all over North America. UK, find a breaker yard that is willing to sell you just the valve body with the MCM controller. Most I have seen you can buy the complete transmission for less than what the valve body and MCM cost pulled out. Good luck. As the first in North America to flash, I can honestly say I won't go back to stock and I won't buy another BMW unless it shifts as good as my transmission shifts today.
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