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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-01-2014, 03:34 PM
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Any good experiences with ATE for ABS rebuilding jobs?

About 2 years ago I sent my ABS module (525i 2003) for repair with autoecu . com

I paid for a lifetime warranty

The module was sent back, although the ASC button did not work anymore.

Now the traction control and ABS lights are back on (the pattern is unclear but it happens after a few miles after the car warms up)

These guys do not reply emails

Any advice?

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Old 12-01-2014, 08:47 PM
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Search for BBA-Reman.
$99 on Ebay for ABS fix.
Still working after 3 years.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:32 AM
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The problems with ATE are covered in detail over here, where Bill (540iman) fights for people to get what they paid for.
- What are all known options when your ABS control module is bad (1)
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:51 AM
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Just check http://www.autoecu.com/, the website is dead.
The LT warranty is only good when the company is still alive.

As mentioned above, check into BBA-reman, I use them with great results. Global company, very reputable.
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:49 AM
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I just received an e-mail today, 12/2. BBA is having a 1 day sale - 10% off all orders placed on-line. Use code christmasbba14 at checkout.

They repaired my ABS module 2-3 years ago, very happy with their work.

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Old 12-02-2014, 02:57 PM
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I used them.

I sent the ABS module to them from an ebay listing in 7/2011 after I got the trifecta. They fixed it once and it lasted almost two years. I sent it back for warranty repair and after having it a month it came back and worked for another 1 years.

I recently (October 2014) sent it back after getting just the Traction control light staying on. After they had it for a couple of weeks they finally said they couldn't repair it. They could sell me a re-manufactured unit but I opted to just get a new one from elsewhere.

Not sure what good the "lifetime warranty" is if they just kinda give up and say they can't fix it after already fixing it twice.

My advice is to have the ABS module repaired once if you can't afford a new one and then save up for a new one within a year or two. My local shop guy said he's never seen a repaired one last long (I'm sure there are some out there though).

They certainly have been in no hurry to get the unit back after fixing it. Luckily both times they worked on it I had access to another vehicle.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:59 PM
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Thaks for the help Bluebee and all. I will go for BBA-Reman

Would it be ok If i send the already repaired module?
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:13 PM
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Call BBA-reman and ask first.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:18 PM
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Would it be ok If i send the already repaired module?
A long time ago, I called up each and every rebuilder I knew about (I think there were only three at that time).

They all said they get opened and prior repaired modules all the time, and that it didn't bother them (from what I remember).

For what it's worth, mine was fixed by ATE and it has been working fine for a few years (ever since the trifecta thread was opened, whenever that was).
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