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      08-15-2014, 04:05 PM   #221
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I need to do the flash. Last time I tried I got a communication error. I might have a professional do it remotely.
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      08-15-2014, 08:45 PM   #222
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Well I grew a pair and did it myself, and it finally worked!

I too got the ABS fault afterwards, as well as another fault partway through the flash; it looked like a gear with an exclamation point in it, which I think is a trans fault. They were both gone after turning off the ignition for 10 minutes.

I love this flash, much better than stock. Drive will take some getting used to since it's grandma mode. But the paddles work much better, faster, crisper shifts, same with sport mode as well.
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      08-15-2014, 09:07 PM   #223
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Well I grew a pair and did it myself, and it finally worked!

I too got the ABS fault afterwards, as well as another fault partway through the flash; it looked like a gear with an exclamation point in it, which I think is a trans fault. They were both gone after turning off the ignition for 10 minutes.

I love this flash, much better than stock. Drive will take some getting used to since it's grandma mode. But the paddles work much better, faster, crisper shifts, same with sport mode as well.
Good for you!
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      08-18-2014, 11:33 AM   #224
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I'm going to be taking my car in for some routine maintenance within the next couple weeks (spark plugs, brakes).

I plan to remove the Alpina flash beforehand, just because I don't want any issues with the dealership.
When I flash back to the stock trans number, is there any way that they can tell this had ever been done? They won't really have a reason to go looking, but you never know.
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      08-18-2014, 12:14 PM   #225
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I'm going to be taking my car in for some routine maintenance within the next couple weeks (spark plugs, brakes).

I plan to remove the Alpina flash beforehand, just because I don't want any issues with the dealership.
When I flash back to the stock trans number, is there any way that they can tell this had ever been done? They won't really have a reason to go looking, but you never know.
The dealership can always tell if they really want to dig. Unless you're trying to make a warranty claim on your tranny, they will most likely not even see/say anything.

There's really no need to flash back to stock if just going in for normal service. I believe you'll find that majority of folks leave their flash installed, even when taking it to the dealer.
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      08-18-2014, 10:05 PM   #226
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Will there be fault codes present after doing the Alpina flash? I did the flash 3 days ago, about 50 miles after the flash the SES light came on this morning, so I scanned with INPA today and found a whole mess of codes. When I scanned right before doing the flash there were only a couple. It's hard to find details on them, but for the most part they seem to be transmission related.

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You didn't remove any codes after flash was done, so that's the reason. Don't worry, just remove them and take a ride, then scan your car again.
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      08-19-2014, 10:54 AM   #228
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You didn't remove any codes after flash was done, so that's the reason. Don't worry, just remove them and take a ride, then scan your car again.
Ok thanks. I wasn't aware I was supposed to clear the codes. Perhaps that should be added to the sticky?
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      08-19-2014, 12:26 PM   #229
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You didn't remove any codes after flash was done, so that's the reason. Don't worry, just remove them and take a ride, then scan your car again.
Ok thanks. I wasn't aware I was supposed to clear the codes. Perhaps that should be added to the sticky?
I think it's always a good practice to clear codes anytime you're hooked up to your car. Afterwards, research those that come back immediately.
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what's the reason behind the 03/07 cutoff? Mine is 02/07 :'(
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      08-19-2014, 05:18 PM   #231
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what's the reason behind the 03/07 cutoff? Mine is 02/07 :'(
Something about how BMW changed the communication protocol around 03/2007, allowing communication with the TCU.

I'm guessing it's possible on a pre 03/2007, but no one has figured it out how yet.

I believe you can swap the mechatronic in the transmission and then do the flash, but I do not know what that entails.
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      08-20-2014, 01:25 AM   #232
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what's the reason behind the 03/07 cutoff? Mine is 02/07 :'(
They changed the actual TCU. The only way possible is to get a TCU from a 03/07 and up and install.
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what's the reason behind the 03/07 cutoff? Mine is 02/07 :'(
They changed the actual TCU. The only way possible is to get a TCU from a 03/07 and up and install.
Here's another dumb question. By TCU are there different types? Is there one specific to the transmission? I had bought one to do the Bluetooth integration and the dealer did all the installation and coding but I'm assuming that one has nothing to do with the transmission.
Just trying to figure out a way to possibly do it lol
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Here's another dumb question. By TCU are there different types? Is there one specific to the transmission? I had bought one to do the Bluetooth integration and the dealer did all the installation and coding but I'm assuming that one has nothing to do with the transmission.
Just trying to figure out a way to possibly do it lol
I think in this case, TCU=Transmission Control Unit

I believe the TCU is part of the transmission's mechatronic/valve body. Do a search about swapping the mechatronic. I could be wrong, but I think people have swapped them in order to be able to do the Alpina flash.

http://www.n54tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22473
http://www.zftranspart.com/images/custom/mecha.pdf
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      08-21-2014, 02:30 AM   #235
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Here's another dumb question. By TCU are there different types? Is there one specific to the transmission? I had bought one to do the Bluetooth integration and the dealer did all the installation and coding but I'm assuming that one has nothing to do with the transmission.
Just trying to figure out a way to possibly do it lol
I think in this case, TCU=Transmission Control Unit

I believe the TCU is part of the transmission's mechatronic/valve body. Do a search about swapping the mechatronic. I could be wrong, but I think people have swapped them in order to be able to do the Alpina flash.

http://www.n54tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22473
http://www.zftranspart.com/images/custom/mecha.pdf
You're correct. You can swap the the unit with a post 03/07 version and have the alpina flash.
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bah! I could spend the $1000+ on other stuff.. lol oh well I guess i'll have to suffer with a shitty transmission while you all enjoy the B3 awesomeness
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bah! I could spend the $1000+ on other stuff.. lol oh well I guess i'll have to suffer with a shitty transmission while you all enjoy the B3 awesomeness
I'm sure you could find a used one for much less than that. I've seen entire transmissions selling in the $500 range. But you do have to ask yourself if the Alpina flash is worth it. My opinion is no. The only thing that is better is the faster shifts in sport/manual mode. Drive kinda sucks.
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Hi all,

I successfully flashed my TCU with the Alpina B3 flash. I have a 2011 335xi MSport with Nav.

While attempting the paddle shifter fix, I get the following error, after executing job:





I have tried SP-DATEN 48.1, 49, 50.2, 53.3 (updating with BMW Coding Tool); however, I end up with the same result. Anybody know what could be causing this?
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Hi all,

I successfully flashed my TCU with the Alpina B3 flash. I have a 2011 335xi MSport with Nav.

While attempting the paddle shifter fix, I get the following error, after executing job:





I have tried SP-DATEN 48.1, 49, 50.2, 53.3 (updating with BMW Coding Tool); however, I end up with the same result. Anybody know what could be causing this?
Did you use expert mode when doing the shifter fix?
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Did you use expert mode when doing the shifter fix?
Yes. I also used a .MAN profile (revtor's, ncsdummy, etc.), and tried to the .MAN file; however this did not work. I even tried writing the NETTODAT.MAN file. This also didn't work.

I think I have gotten this same error when trying to code .man files with typos before...but I'm not modifying anything in the .trc files...I don't understand why I would be getting an error writing/flashing/coding a vanilla/untouched .trc file that was read from the EGS module
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Did you use expert mode when doing the shifter fix?
Yes. I also used a .MAN profile (revtor's, ncsdummy, etc.), and tried to the .MAN file; however this did not work. I even tried writing the NETTODAT.MAN file. This also didn't work.

I think I have gotten this same error when trying to code .man files with typos before...but I'm not modifying anything in the .trc files...I don't understand why I would be getting an error writing/flashing/coding a vanilla/untouched .trc file that was read from the EGS module
Doesn't make much sense. Can you post what the error file says?
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Make sure you have no other program e.g inpa or winkfp running at the same time with ncs .....

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Hi all,

I successfully flashed my TCU with the Alpina B3 flash. I have a 2011 335xi MSport with Nav.

While attempting the paddle shifter fix, I get the following error, after executing job:





I have tried SP-DATEN 48.1, 49, 50.2, 53.3 (updating with BMW Coding Tool); however, I end up with the same result. Anybody know what could be causing this?
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