WTB: E30 318is computer

The garage has told me that they believe I need a new ECU, so I was wondering if anyone might lead me to one. Thanks
Matt '91 318is

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There are currently two on Ebay, but it would be prudent to be sure you need one before you go ahead. What are the symptoms that led your mechanic to conclude that you need one?? It's actually pretty unusual for the ecu to fail; more often it's a sensor or connector. Do you have diagnostic codes?

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They told me that after resetting the computer it immediatly, upon startup, sets a cam sensor code. But they determined it not to be the cam sensor after replacing it with a one known working. He told me that as near as they can ascertain it is the computer.. .or at least it is worth a shot compared to the hours of labor potentially involved in searching out a bad connection, etc.
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Pardon me for not reviewing your prior posts. Is your engine still sputtering and popping and topping out at 1500 rpm?
So have you replaced the air flow meter yet? This sounds like it could be an air flow meter problem but if it is there should be a check engine light and some diagnostic codes. There's a whole list of possible villains in the Haynes manual Fuel Pump/Pressure Regulator? Check the fuel pressure and flow rate Fuel Filter? Ditto Clogged or Sticky injectors? Clogged Catalytic Converter? (but not likely since I think your problem emerged instantly after possibly running out of gas) Cam or Crank position sensors? How long since you've replaced plugs and wires? You might mention to your mechanic that you intend to get the ECU on Ebay -- sometimes this will inhibit the tendancy to propose the most expensive solution first. By the way, here's a link to the Ebay auction although I wouldn't go there yet. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1991-BMW-318is-MT-ECU-and-Motronic-Computer-NR_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33596QQihZ019QQitemZ290038790274QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
The guy has 100% positive feedback rating which probably means that he at least thinks it works OK but you never know for sure.

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That's the problem

Yep
New pump and filter. Did not do the pres. regulator

I suppose, I don't think they've been checked

Not instantly, but within a couple of days (maybe one... can't remember now)

Maybe, but apparently not

They're beautiful

He actually told me that they're looking into second hand ones and told me to let them know if I find one first.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1991-BMW-318is-MT-ECU-and-Motronic-Computer-NR_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33596QQihZ019QQitemZ290038790274QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
Thanks very much
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