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Hi guys and gals,whats all this 7bug bue etc? does every ecu have it? are the bugs in order ie age of vehicle?,i am thinking of buying a second hand ds unit at some point but i am completly green on this subject and dont know what to look for,my car is a 59 plate if thats any help
 

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7BUG is not a 'bug' its a release of software for the ST.

the early ones were released with 'BUE', then around 56 reg they went to 'BUF' then around 57 reg up to 'BUG'.

notice the last letter is just incrimenting up the alphabet.....

nothing to worry about, and most cars by now will have been updated to the latest 'BUG' software by the dealers when they have been in for a service - (assuming they have used a ford dealer to do the service work).

The is no advantage of upgrading UNLESS you are having problems - each revision fixed certain drivability issues that some (not all) cars had.
 

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QUOTE(Dave Henshall @ 27 Jan 2010, 07:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>7BUG is not a 'bug' its a release of software for the ST.

the early ones were released with 'BUE', then around 56 reg they went to 'BUF' then around 57 reg up to 'BUG'.

notice the last letter is just incrimenting up the alphabet.....

nothing to worry about, and most cars by now will have been updated to the latest 'BUG' software by the dealers when they have been in for a service - (assuming they have used a ford dealer to do the service work).

The is no advantage of upgrading UNLESS you are having problems - each revision fixed certain drivability issues that some (not all) cars had.
thanks for that dave in the know now
 

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The "issues" you have been reading about may have something to do with newer releases of software (i.e. 7BUG) becoming available, and Ford dealers attemting to update cars that are mapped (either with DS, C:R, Bluefin etc etc).

If an attempt to update the car is made while the map is still on the car, problems car occur (namely the DS handset losing a life/needing to be reset, and the dealer realising the car has been mapped which in turn puts any warranty you have at risk).

Given that a Ford dealer will routinely connect your car to the IDS system (the Ford "central computer"), you may not get a say in whether an update is performed or not.

Golden rule --> If you map your car with one of the popular handsets, take the map off (i.e. return to stock) before dropping your car off at any Ford dealer. Exception to this would be dealers like Tarnock Garage that are forum sponsors and are familiar with the mapping products available. Even then, I would still be explicitly stating the car is mapped, so please DO NOT update it via the IDS without removing the map first!!
 
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