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My 2012 Antara has developed a fault with the ECU this has benn diagnosed by Vauxhall who want £2680 to replace it!!!! Does anyone know if I get a used ECU can it be virginized and programmed to my car any help would be appreciated
 

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£2680 - ouch!! that's got to hurt. I don't think anyone on here has been faced with fitting a new ECU but I'd imagine (1) it's a dealer-only job (or an indie who has access to Tech2 or OP-COM) and (2) it's going to be expensive either way.

What were your symptoms?
 

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It has developed the following fault codes P0263, P0269, P0272 and P0266 to do with all 4 cylinders. Do you know anyone who can re program a used ECU? It is apparently to do with the injector drivers.
 

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I had a similar experience with my Vauxhall Omega 3.2 V6. Diagnosed with a faulty ECU the VX dealer wanted a lot of dosh to provide and fit a new one. However I was able to get a used ECU from a breaker that had come from another 3.2 Omega at a far more reasonable price than the dealers new one. You could try this BUT you will need a dealer or an indie that has access to Tech 2 to program the new ECU for things like cruise control etc as its just not a case of plug and play and is willing to fit your "new" ECU. You will also need security code(s) that were provided with the vehicle when new (provided on a card). If you don't have this a dealer can get it for you but will charge for this. In my case it reduced the cost form circa £1300 down to £600 for everything, but this was about 10 years ago!!
 

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Thanks for the reply. i have found one on internet for just short of £300 but I need to know could it be programmed to my car. Someone has told me that Vauxhall ECU can only be used once is this true?
 

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Thanks for the reply. i have found one on internet for just short of £300 but I need to know could it be programmed to my car. Someone has told me that Vauxhall ECU can only be used once is this true?
 

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As long as it is from the same model and year I cannot see why it should not be possible to program it to your vehicle, but you will also need the corresponding immobiliser chip that goes with it. It is a ferrite ring that fits around the ignition lock I believe, although there maybe someone on the forum that's more knowledgeable about that then me.
 

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As long as it is from the same model and year I cannot see why it should not be possible to program it to your vehicle, but you will also need the corresponding immobiliser chip that goes with it. It is a ferrite ring that fits around the ignition lock I believe, although there maybe someone on the forum that's more knowledgeable about that then me.

I reckon that would be part of the CIM (Console Integrated Module).
 

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I don't know anything abouty changing the Antara ECU but had a quick look around and it seems the Part Number for a 2.2 Diesel is 595172891 28359587 977 (see attached pic). I'm tempted to say if they're selling them they must be programmable for another vehicle.

Have you looked at some of the ECU testing & overhaul places, maybe talk to them and see what can be done?


 

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Thanks for this, do you know if it can definitely be done , I have heard Vauxhall program their ECU to be used only once and there is no software that can Virginize the ECU to be re-programmed
 

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I'm sorry to say I don't know. However, if you were to pursue the used/eBay route (there were three for sale last week) ask the vendor before making any commitment and also ask the person/firm you might commission to programme it. Depending upon the urgency, a question to 'Honest John' online will normally give a factual and no-nonsense response; he has pretty good trade contacts covering all matters on all cars. His website has a FAQ section and the subject might already be covered there.

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Hi I’m just reading your post about your faulty Ecu was wondering did you manage to change it and got it all reprogrammed instead of going to the dealer
 

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Just had a used ECU fit and programmed/coded to car. So it is possible.The independent garage specialises in VW Audi Skoda. Cost a third of what vaux want for a new 1. The garage tell me it is tricky and they pay a subscription to vaux to use there software.
 
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