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    Can anyone tell me for sure where this part...

    is located? It's item #1, the air bag control unit. Something tells me it's somewhere in the center console. Has anyone ever replaced this thing?
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    Greg
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    I've replaced it on brother's E46 and it was under

    the armrest. I had luck swapping it for used unit and it works perfect, but it's not guaranteed it'll work in every case. If yours is dead, make sure it's actually dead instead of a fuse or no power supply. Before I replaced it, I made sure that it had power supply which was the proof that actual unit was dead.
    If you have Bentley, it'll tell you which wire is power supply.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    Re: Can anyone tell me for sure where this part...

    As stated below, beneath the armrest. It's actually best accessed by removing the rear ventilation outlet. If you need this part, I have one out of a 2000 540i (3/2000) available. If interested I'll check the p/n and make sure it'll work for you.

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    I thought dealer has to code it



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    It has to be coded if it's brand new "uncoded"

    module. With used one, you just have to make sure that is same part number and close production months.
    Before installing used one in my brother's E46, my AutoEnginuity couldn't communicate with module at all. As soon as installed used one, AE was able to communicate with it and it actually showed recorded air bag deployment from the donor vehicle.
    It's been working fine for 2 years now.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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