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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 04-15-2015, 05:50 PM
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ABS Module Repair

Are these the guys everyone is talking about for fixing the ABS module on my 99 528I I6?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281141023683...MakeTrack=true

I'm nervous about paying them without knowing if they can fix it.

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Old 04-15-2015, 05:52 PM
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Also, what is the "Make Offer" thing. Will they do it for less than the $125.58?
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:18 PM
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Ebay doesn't work on my phone, is it BBA Reman? If so I would recommend them. I sent the module in my 03 530i in to them. No more trifecta.. All is good and lifetime warranty.. Also feel free to actually make an offer. I offered 100 bucks flat and they accepted and still kept the free shipping both ways..
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:22 PM
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Yes, it's BBA Reman. I'll offer $100 and see what happens.
I guess I'm surprised that it's that cheap as I remember it being a lot
more expensive and why I didn't send mine in before.

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Old 04-15-2015, 06:26 PM
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If you go to their website directly the prices are a bit insane.. I think it was 399 to reman a Bosch 5.7 module.. But the ebay prices are much cheaper.. No clue why?? It must be how they drum up business?
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:31 PM
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Yes that is strange but I won't complain. I'll bid $100
in a little bit and see where it goes. Thanks for you
help an opinion.
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Old 04-16-2015, 05:52 AM
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:18 AM
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Their price fluctuates, capitalism at work. I paid $95 last week for the same rebuild. So far, I am very happy with their service.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=837423
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:13 PM
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BBA accepted my offer of $100 to repair my 99 528i ABS module.
I was going to attempt it myself but for $100 it's easier to send it in.
I'll post the outcome.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:03 PM
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I had a very positive experience with BBA, so I hope you do too
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Old 04-20-2015, 02:25 PM
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- What are all known options when your ABS control module is bad (1)
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Old 04-20-2015, 04:20 PM
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I just mailed the ABS module off today so I'll let you know how it turns
out in a week or so.

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Old 04-20-2015, 04:40 PM
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I just mailed the ABS module off today so I'll let you know how it turns
out in a week or so.

Thanks.
It would be nice if you call them, while they have your module in the test jig, and for you to ask them WHAT they're fixing or replacing... (and report back to us).
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:41 AM
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I can do that.
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:46 AM
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You have not read the many posts on this topic! It has been spelled-out very clearly in MANY posts.

BBA=V.Good
ATE or other iterations= NFG
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:48 AM
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I've read some of the posts. I just wanted to make sure I had the right guys
before I sent off my $$.

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Old 04-23-2015, 11:57 AM
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ABS module

OK. BBA received my ABS module this morning (Thursday, April 23rd) about 8:00 AM.
I just got an email that they tested, repaired and shipped the module back! Pretty incredible.
I called and asked them what was wrong with it and they told me it had two IC's on the board that were bad and they were replaced and rewirebonded. The person on the phone was unable to tell me which IC's were replaced but that's OK.

I'll report back after I reinstall the module.

Thanks to all!

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Old 04-28-2015, 05:54 PM
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OK. I installed the BBA Reman repaired ABS module for my 99 528i and I have no Bifecta!
I've been wrestling with this for two years. They also sent the attached note with the module.
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Congrats, glad to hear it cleared everything up
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:26 AM
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This is interesting. The letter from BBA states that P0500 speed sensor code are not ABS related, but my experience says otherwise. I wonder if it's specific to years. On my 2000 528iT, I was getting repeated P0500 codes for 3 months. I haven't see one since having BBA rebuild my ABS module last month, having done nothing else. I also didn't receive any such letter with my returned ABS module.
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they told me it had two IC's on the board that were bad and they were replaced and rewirebonded. The person on the phone was unable to tell me which IC's were replaced
Personally, even though the repair company is certainly well known, and reputable, I suspect they told you a fib.

I suspect what the anecdotal evidence seems to show, that 90-something percent of the time, the problem is simply that the seventh aluminum wire needs to be rebonded to its gold bondpad.

Why do I suspect that?

Because almost everyone reporting that they opened the module has reported that.
- ABS control module autopsy (specific instructions necessary for a competent repair)
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:43 AM
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This is interesting. The letter from BBA states that P0500 speed sensor code are not ABS related, but my experience says otherwise. I wonder if it's specific to years. On my 2000 528iT, I was getting repeated P0500 codes for 3 months. I haven't see one since having BBA rebuild my ABS module last month, having done nothing else. I also didn't receive any such letter with my returned ABS module.
I think, based on my personal experience (see below), that they're at least "somewhat" related...
- What's this about the P0500 setting the SES (1) & why you want to wait a week before getting a smog test after removing your ABS control module (1)
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:59 PM
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Yes I think it was probably the 7th wire as well. Even if BBA could diagnose a bad IC I doubt that they could read the part number much less have BMW sell them parts. Makes no sense. I also got the P0500 code a few times in my last weeks before I sent my module in. No codes now and no Bifecta!!!!! My girlfriend did scrape the door when she pulled into the garage. It was cheaper to get a whole black door at a junk yard and have my auto body guy
switch out the interior of the door and the glass.....tinting. $150 for the door ad $140 for the switch and installation. He also told me they sell the M52 engines for about $1100 depending on the mileage and they've had some come in with as few as 55K miles. Enough rambling...................
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:16 PM
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Yes I think it was probably the 7th wire as well. Even if BBA could diagnose a bad IC I doubt that they could read the part number much less have BMW sell them parts. Makes no sense.
I had paid about $105 to ATE to fix mine a few years ago, and I asked all sorts of questions while it was on the test jig, and I got such strange answers (replacing capacitors, for example) that I'm sure they were just making them up.

That's why I asked the OP to ask.

It would be nice if we can get someone to open it up, snap a photo, and then send it in, and then seeing what comes back after asking the question.

I'm pretty sure (based purely on anecdotal evidence though) that all they do is reconnect the bad wire and test.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:38 PM
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I agree on the 7th wire. This has been a pain in my butt for so long that I was just happy to get a working module back! I'd recommend BBA for the module repair just because of the price, turn around time, and customer service.

You've been a great contributor to this site for some time now so thank you for all you've done to help people fix their issues.

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