X5 E70 footwell module failed

image Here the footwell module on a X 5 E70,,,,it’s located right behind the front hood release lever,,,,the customer came in with a check engine light,,,,so I scanned for faults,,,while I was scanning for fault,,,,are beautiful BMW software killed the footwell module,,,,that’s the latest problem we have,,,,for some reason on X5 while scanning the car it might kill the footwell module,,,,so even if your car is out of warranty,,,BMW still has to replace the footwell module free of charge until they fix the problem.image There’s no difference between the old and new,,,there something new on the internal parts so it doesn’t happen again,,,,removing the footwell module is very easy,,,,just remove the lower panel and left side kick panel,,,,then you have to programm and encode the module.

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32 Responses to X5 E70 footwell module failed

  1. Iggy brevet says:

    Interesting what you posted. They charge me for a FMR3 for usd$1.200-°°
    Official dealer (only one) WBM in Santiago de Chile. CHE southamerica.
    So its a recall or internal problem.


    • I was doing some work on the x5,,,,and I performed a short test and scanned the computers,,,and are software here killed the FRM module,,,,so we had to replace it for the customer


  2. Raymond Wong says:

    the footwell module was fryed today after resetting the engine light and they asked me to pay 1100. I told the tech that you cant fry a module by resetting the engine light is this correct. Is this something that should be covered by BMW even for a 2010 X5


    • Yes you can fry the footwell module by resetting the check engine light,,,there is a problem with BMW software that causes the problem,,,,they should replace it on there end,,,,BMW knows there’s a problem with the software with X5.


  3. Philip Lim says:

    BMW is covering FRM’s for 8yrs/120k as part of their “extended coverage” as BMW NA is well aware of the high-rate of failure of these modules.


    • I don’t know if they are covering it for 8yrs 120k,,,,the one I replaced was out of warranty,,,but BMW knew there as a problem with software killing the FRM,,,,so we replaced it for the customer


  4. jason says:

    Was just doing scans with ISTA/D… started the car and shows lighting malfunction. ISTA now shows FRM is not responding! Whats the chance BMW would replace this??? Will call the dealership tomorrow…

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  5. justincalland says:

    bmwtech, please learn the correct usage of, our and are, their, there and they’re.


  6. Amor A Helena says:

    My FRM was not working and was replaced. Once replaced the daytime running lights would not turn on, the buttons to open the driver side window will open the passenger side window and vise versa, same thing for the back windows and also the rear view mirrors. Does anyone know what’s wrong?


  7. Kstarich says:

    My FRM was replaced and during install caused the TPMS and control unit CAS also to fail. My non-dealer BMW mechanic was not able to program the new FRM so we took it to the dealer where they were able to program it. My 3 series was fine for a few weeks and now the turn signals and other lights are not working after another warning light appeared on my dashboard. I am concerned that one module after another is going to fail. do you have any insight on this. thank you.


  8. Vin achpat says:

    Is the same problem common in 1 series? I have the coupe that they stopped making in 2014 ( essentially the new 2 series). It it possible since that car was discontinued that the garage could have run the wrong 1 series software? I had engine light on and then they said frm crashed during repromgramming after correct engine issue.


    • I have not seen that problem on any other car,,,,that FRM problem only happens on the X5,,,,why were they updating your car,,,,in most cases when a dealer updates a car and a module crashes we as the dealer usually take care of it for the customer


      • Vin achpat says:

        Thank you for your reply. Following a diagnostic for an amber engine warning light. They had to place an egr valve to resolve the issue. They then carried out a reprogramming and the frm unit crashed. I didn’t have any problems with the frm unit functions before the work. I only took it in due to the amber engine warning,


      • Sometime modules crash while programming,,,it happens to us all the time,,,,is the dealer going to take care of the FRM?


      • Vin achpat says:

        I hope so, I’m awaiting get a reply.


  9. Kisha says:

    Hello,..I have a 2008 328i convertible BMW hard top. I’ve owned for about a year now. Recently I had an issue with my top not working, it actually got stuck in mid air, windows won’t go up or down so I took it to a mechanic and had to replace lines 31 and 32,.now the mechanic is telling me that I need a FRM module. Is this something that I can take to the dealership to have fix. Someone had mentioned that the dealership will fix it for free that there a recall but I couldn’t find one.m. Any advise you can offer would be greatly appreciated.. Thanks in advance!


    • Yes the dealership will take care of the FRM on certain years and models,,,,you need to go to the dealer and have them perform a key read on your car and it will come up if the FRM is covered or not


  10. Sonya says:

    I had my battery replaced on my 2011 BMW X5 35d on yesterday by “Precision Tune” and everything went haywire after that. My lights, windows nor radio dials would work. Took it to the dealer this morning and they informed me that I needed a new FRM Module and quoted me $1439.38 for parts and labor.

    Should this be covered by this know defect?


  11. RJ says:

    There is an UPDATE to the EXTENDED WARRANTY on Footwell’s -B012016- Aug. 2018- 10 YR warranty or 156000mi. Just cked with my BMW dealer…


  12. Jason Weaver says:

    Not sure if this the right place to post but my 2013 X5 idrive system seems to have died. Started up one morning, screen turned red and then died. Now it doesn’t re-start and you can’t hear anything. No radio, no door chimes when a door is open…nothing. I scanned with the carly app and have the following.
    Central Info Display
    Fault: Power supply -10V
    code: 00A472
    Fault: Embassy (0x2CE, CRT monitor) Failure / Combination DATA MOTBK ID: 1023
    Code: 00E5D6

    Do you have a recommendation on where to start looking?
    Thanks very much for your help!!


  13. AYODELE IGE says:

    Hi, i have a problem with my 2008 BMW 528XI. It shows ” lightning system stop vehicle now” all beams, fog light, turn signals car lights are nonfunctional right now. Please i would like any help. Help me please


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