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Is it beyond a novice to fit an ecu ? We have a V reg 1.1 206, and it won't start, so the garage are saying the only solution is to fit a new ecu. I don't want to spend £400+ on having this done, as I'm fairly sure that it won't permanently cure the intermittent engine-cutting-out fault which the car has suffered from for the last 2 years. But, without doing something, the car, which is in decent condition and only 53k on the clock, is presumably, worthless. I see that there are any number of used ecu's on e-bay, and I'm wondering how difficult it would be to fit one. ( I did a similar operation with the indicator unit last year - after the garage mechanic pulled a face and went on about "air-bag insurance" - and that was easy ) I've asked the question on here before about the cutting-out fault and, surprisingly, nobody seems to have heard of it. Anyway, I've got to do something or the alternative is to tow the car round to the breakers yard and hope to get a piddling £50 for it.
 

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Thanks for that. Really not sure what to do with this car. The problem is that the cutting out fault does not register when it's hooked up to the diagnostic machine. If you google "peugeot 206 faults" and look at the second result that comes up, you can read all about this fault - a bit of a rant, granted, but I think the bloke is just very peed off at not being able to fix his car. If even half of what he says is true, this must be a very widespread fault. So, I was looking at ecu's on e-bay and wondering if it was possible to fit one from a breakers yard, without having to lay out too much cash if it doesn't fix the problem.
 

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Apparently, it’s easy with a Honda http://www.hondacarforum.com/honda-2/13273-tech-question-tq-howto-change-ecu.html
But it may not be so with all cars particularly later models with key coded ECUs
http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/Replacing-Faulty-ECU_W0QQugidZ10000000002529086
There is the question of keys
http://www.fiatforum.com/punto/189308-what-take-into-account-when-changing-jtd-ecu.html
Is it a Lambda sensor?
http://peugeot.mainspot.net/tips/ecu_failure.shtml
Replacement on a Pug 206 1600
http://www.fccuk.org/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1006822 note the ECU Doctor link. http://www.the-ecu-doctor.co.uk/ May be worth a call. They charge £120 + parts +VAT.

So, the message seems to be that swapping probably won’t work unless you’ve got the exact model and even then the keys might be a problem.
 

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Thanks again. I think we have decided to get rid of this car. It looks too much of a faff to try and replace the ecu myself, and I don't want to pay the garage £500 to do work on an 11 year-old car, and for something which may not fix the main problem. It just seems a crying shame to scrap a car with only 53k on the clock. I wondered if it might be worth advertising it "spares or repair" for somebody who knows what they're doing may be able to sort it out.
 

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I agree with you on the annoyance and pointlessness of getting rid of a good vehicle for want of a minor part.

Try http://www.the-ecu-doctor.co.uk/ on Tuesday, you never know, they might have a quick / cheap fix. If they don't, the spares or repair deal might go down well. There is no real cost to the spare parts involved in repairing your car, and the main cost (to you or anyone else without the equipment) is the actual programming. The "Spares or repair" option therefore does seem a good proposition and will appeal to someone with the equipment.

I sold my Volvo S80 with a duff gearbox for £1800 when, if it had been OK, it would have been worth £2800 - a replacement gearbox, however would have cost £1000, so nothing really lost.
 
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