Bosch/BMW ECUs have a hardware part number beginning with “0 26(0/1)” and ending with 6 digits. The final three digits of that number are commonly referred to as the “ECU Number” or “DME Number”. These last three digits are the numbers you will use to identify which ECU you are running.

Below, the hardware ID and colloquial “ECU/DME Number” are outlined.

Some examples are:

BMW E30/34 325i/525i “173” ECU

 

BMW E30 318i “175” ECU

 

BMW E30/34 325i/525i “524” ECU

 

BMW E30/34 325i/525i “525” ECU

 

BMW E34/36 M50/S50 “413” ECU

 

An alternative ID sticker for the “179” ECU

 

Further information on identification (1890-1991): http://www.sssquid.com/v3/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DME_id.pdf