db_not so , you mentioned that the ECM would have to be programmed.
I imagined that the ECM would be a bolt on & plug on the connectors type device that I could replace myself & that each ECM would be manufactured to suite
the appropriate level of car and engine that you have – so much for that idea.
I now understand the labour cost if the ECM has to be programmed before or after being fitted onto the car.
Could someone explain as to why it needs programming, perhaps the ECM is a one size fits all device & it is programmed to match the level of car & engine.
In any case I will now book it in with the dealership for next week after learning that this programming is required.
normally an ecu is reset
then new one in
then new one programmed (latest software and vin imprinted in programming)
there is an ecm for different models and makes i think vz and ve are VERY similar though
but still took them about an hour to do the one i took to them with a similar fault as i had to wait then return to work (was 3rd year still!)
but the fuel gauge didnt work either and said service vehicle soon with no codes in ecm or ipc except ignition circuit
hence all my drama working it out then!~
I appreciate the assistance received on this forum especially from db_notso.
I appreciate & understand your thoughts about the circuit.
Although I have not been able to fix my problem & do not know what caused it, at least
know that the dealership is on the ball.
I now have an appreciation for what I am getting for my money.
There is a Gregorys Manual (273) available for the VZ which covers VT, VX, VY & VZ.
I hope this forum helps others as much as it has helped me.
thanks man the internal switches can break just due to time and the heat up cool down repeated cycle of engine use
which is more understandable on these thanks to position of the ecu
good luck let us know if ecu does fix her up for ya!~ ( which im sure it will if all tests said were done)
I am sorry that I have not updated you with my VZ story as we have been away on holidays.
Well the VZ has had a successful brain transplant.
Unfortunately the faulty ECM was not left in the boot as requested so that I could cut it open with a hack saw.
By the time my wife picked up the car & I realised that it was not in the boot the dealer had disposed of it.
Fortunately for us & our holiday it never missed a beat while we were away.
The cost was worth it in the end although it knocked a hole in the holiday money but we had to have it done for the holidays.
It is good to have the car starting when & where you want it to.
my VZ developed the same problem after being unused for six weeks.
A friend is in a similar situation.
Going through the archives of this Forum, the problem seems common.
My question for OlderVZDude is -
how much did the replacement & reprogramming, and any other necessary steps, cost ?
Hello Shorty 33,
I was initially told $1,300.00 but after some delays on their behalf I got the price down to 1,100 for the supply, fitting & programming.
Sorry about not responding early been away with work.
I hope it has worked out well for you.