Author - Vlad Bolboceanu

Audi VIN decode

How to find out what modules and options you have on your Audi

Finding out the options and modules your car comes with from factory is traditionally called VIN decoding. That's because the VIN, a 17-characters string which uniquely identifies your car, encodes all this information. In this article we discuss how to get meaningful information from your car's VIN. The information in this articles is meant for: Audi owners who want to send us their faulty electronic module for a repair Audi owners who need to troubleshoot malfunctions in their car and need [...]

BMW VIN check

BMW VIN – what it is and why we need it

In this article we discuss the purpose and usage of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Although the VIN is used by all car manufacturers, we mainly aim this at BMW owner. The information in this articles is meant for: BMW owners who want to send us their faulty electronic module for a repair BMW owners who need to diagnose a faulty BMW module Prospective BMW owners looking to make a car purchase The BMW VIN at a glance Usually, when you contact an electronics [...]

BMW FRM Footwell

BMW FRM Footwell Module – all you need to know

In this article we discuss the BMW FRM module. This unit is also known as the Footwell module or the Lights module. The information in this articles is meant for: Regular BMW owners who need to diagnose a faulty BMW FRM module DYIers who want to develop their own device for BMW Electrical engineers who are interested in reverse engineering BMWs The BMW FRM at a glance The BMW Footwell module (FRM) functions as an electrical hub or a node in the footwell on [...]

BMW PL2 HiFi Amplifier

Harman Kardon PL2 HiFi Loudspeaker system

In this article you can find out what the PL2 HiFi amplifier system adds to each BMW model it was added to. The official name If you go here or here, you input the last 7 characters of your VIN number and you get a 676 HiFi loudspeaker system among the multitude of features in the generated list, then your car comes with the PL2 HiFi amplifier from factory. BMW models that have the PL2 HiFi amplifier  The Harman Kardon PL2 HiFi is quite popular. [...]

BMW iDrive Service History

BMW iDrive Service History – how it works & how to modify it

It used to be the case that after each maintenance job done by the BMW dealer to your car, you would get a written proof of the work performed. Nowadays the navigation computer maintains the iDrive service history and you no longer need a separate log book. Newer BMW models (those produced from 2014 onward) no longer use paper to store information after each visit to the BMW dealer. Where to find the iDrive Service History information ? To access the [...]

BMW CCC repair - correct CCC diagnosis

BMW CCC repair : the correct diagnosis

Your CCC unit appears to be malfunctioning and you're thinking of having it repaired or even replaced ? Before you proceed, we recommend to verify your CCC diagnosis to make sure it's really a CCC failure. With the right guiding, it can be a quick and painless process. And it can avoid unnecessary costs. Here's how to correctly diagnose a CCC failure. First, read through our compiled list of symptoms that are normally caused by a faulty CCC head unit: CCC [...]

BMW CCC Repair

BMW CCC repair : read this first and save money

If you're dealing with a faulty iDrive CCC head unit, you probably don't know what to do about it. Don't worry, it's very common. Correctly diagnosing a faulty CCC may be tricky by itself. But deciding whether to buy another CCC or have it repaired and by whom can be a daunting task. This article is meant to help you make a choice. In this article we make the case that it's cheaper to have your CCC repaired, provided you [...]