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My Corsa is a 2008, Diesel, 5 door Ecoflex and up until now has been the greatest car I've owned.

In early January the engine management light came on whilst driving and the car started losing power. I managed to get the car another 10 miles home and it literally died as I pulled up into our road.

We towed it to my local independent garage who have been servicing and repairing my cars for years - very trustworthy people with excellent prices.

They called me to say all the fault codes were pointing to the ECU and he was honest with me there and then and said a new one will cost a fortune, but we'll see what we can do and if we can get it repaired. He said it's a very common fault, due to the location of the ECU, cause by water damage.

Anyway, 4 weeks later the ECU has been to a company for testing and the company called my local garage and said "There's nothing wrong with it!" So we had it delivered back and my garage fitted the ECU back on the car and it started perfectly and a few road tests later it's absolutely fine and no fault codes coming up whatsoever.

My garage man told me he's cleaned up the area the ECU sits in as there was a lot of leaves and debris. He said he can only think that the ECU got water damaged and during the 4 weeks it was sat in the garage and going back and fourth to the specialists that it dried out.

I commute 52 miles a day to work (round trip) and I'm now really wary of this happening again. I rely on my car so much, the past 4 weeks have been so stressful.

My question is, does anyone know if since it's been damaged once, it's likely to happen easily again?
Should I be worried if it rains?
Does anyone have any experience of a water damaged ECU that has dried out and if there has been any problems with it since?

I really do love this little car and I want to be able to keep it for at least another year (when my finance is paid!) Any help or experience would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Kirsty
 

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Hi Kirsty, well no one can say for sure, if it's ok now your gonna have to just keep driving it and see what happens, i thought the ecu was on the engine block somewhere....did anyone tell you it had water in it before?....i personally think it will be ok now...famous last words...fingers crossed, make sure there are no dodgy earth connections anywhere near it.......from Fred in Essex.

My Corsa is a 2008, Diesel, 5 door Ecoflex and up until now has been the greatest car I've owned.

In early January the engine management light came on whilst driving and the car started losing power. I managed to get the car another 10 miles home and it literally died as I pulled up into our road.

We towed it to my local independent garage who have been servicing and repairing my cars for years - very trustworthy people with excellent prices.

They called me to say all the fault codes were pointing to the ECU and he was honest with me there and then and said a new one will cost a fortune, but we'll see what we can do and if we can get it repaired. He said it's a very common fault, due to the location of the ECU, cause by water damage.

Anyway, 4 weeks later the ECU has been to a company for testing and the company called my local garage and said "There's nothing wrong with it!" So we had it delivered back and my garage fitted the ECU back on the car and it started perfectly and a few road tests later it's absolutely fine and no fault codes coming up whatsoever.

My garage man told me he's cleaned up the area the ECU sits in as there was a lot of leaves and debris. He said he can only think that the ECU got water damaged and during the 4 weeks it was sat in the garage and going back and fourth to the specialists that it dried out.

I commute 52 miles a day to work (round trip) and I'm now really wary of this happening again. I rely on my car so much, the past 4 weeks have been so stressful.

My question is, does anyone know if since it's been damaged once, it's likely to happen easily again?
Should I be worried if it rains?
Does anyone have any experience of a water damaged ECU that has dried out and if there has been any problems with it since?

I really do love this little car and I want to be able to keep it for at least another year (when my finance is paid!) Any help or experience would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Kirsty
 

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Thank you, Fred.

I just called my Garage man again and asked him for more info (as I've been wondering all week whether I should get rid and get another car)

No, never mentioned about water being in it before. He's explained that it's a really bad design and the ECU sits by some gutter-type things that drain the water. He said he can assure me that they hadn't been cleaned for the lifetime of the car and thinks the debris had caused the water to sit in there and submerge the ECU.
Now they are all clear we hope the problem won't come back... but he can't guarantee that as we only 'think' that was the cause of the problem!

However, all working fine now. My heart might race a little if I'm caught in a heavy rain storm. I think this is a risk I just have to take as I really don't want to get another car on finance :-(
 
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