BMW and BMW Mini footwell module fault – FRM3 repair

BMW and Mini footwell module repair

This BMW / Mini footwell module (FRM3) is a commonly failing part that will cause a whole host of problems on the vehicle.

The footwell module receives signals from an assortment of sensors on the vehicle and is responsible for controlling many ‘body’ aspects on the vehicle such as electric/power windows, AC/heating fans, exterior and interior lights and exterior mirrors.

When the module becomes faulty it will affect operation of these functions. External lights such as the headlights and taillights will remain on all the time and you will find that you will not be able to turn these off. Conversely, the external indicators / turn signals will not work at all, along with main beam and interior lights. Electric / power windows will also intermittently refuse to function as they should. Failure of this critical FRM unit is universally widespread across the entire BMW and Mini ranges.

Whilst the footwell module is in fault mode the maintenance or service light will be constantly illuminated. If you take the vehicle to a garage to perform diagnostics with scan tools you will find that the module fails to achieve communications. Fault codes may still be found in other control modules that will signify a fault with the footwell module.

To rectify this problem, you may be tempted into purchasing an expensive brand-new replacement from manufacturer, which will also require coding to the vehicle at an extra expense. Not only is this expensive, but the replacement module will only come with a very short one-year warranty and will undoubtedly fail due to the inherent fault not being worked-out at factory level.


We offer a superior alternative – test and rebuild of your existing BMW / Mini footwell module within 2-3 working days. By choosing the FRM3 repair option there will be no need for coding once you receive the unit back from us, and we will provide an unlimited mile lifetime warranty as standard.



 Common Failure symptoms:

  • Indicators not working
  • Hazard lights not working
  • Headlights staying on / won’t switch off
  • Taillights staying on / won’t switch off
  • No main beam
  • Interior lights not working
  • Electric windows not working or will open but not always close
  • No communications with FRM unit
  • AC/heating fan does not work
  • Maintenance/service light permanently on dash



Common fault codes:

Communications to the FRM unit will not be possible, but fault codes will be stored in other electronic control units.

  • 497F – Message Error (status, reverse gear, 0x3B0) Diesel Electronics Receiver Footwell Module Transmitter
  • A3B4 – Message (lighting condition) Incorrectly, Transmitter FRM Permanent
  • A3C1 – Message (FRM foot space module) Incorrectly receiver COMBI, Transmitter FRM - Permanent.
  • E72B (window error) and E72C (window error)


Common failing part numbers:

61359390491 / 61359340339 / 61359308371 / 61359286887 / 61359263803 / 61359240533 / 61359241008 / 61359224598 / 61359204536 / 61359187559 / 61359166708 / 61359159808 / 61359153779 / 61359224595 / 61359240527 / 61359249083 / 61353456588 / 61353456394 / 61359263800 / 61353456051 / 61359224589 / 61359241006 / 61359230450 / 61353457427 / 61353456034 / 61353456395


Test and rebuild:

Before any repair we comprehensively test the footwell module on our Hardware-In-the-Loop rigs. After identifying all faults we will strip the unit and replace components with higher rated than standard. Post rebuild testing ensures that the module meets and exceeds manufacture specifications.



Programming will not be required after repair – all coding is retained during test and rebuild meaning that the unit is plug and play when you receive it back from us.



Our strict quality control: encompassing testing, components and workmanship will ensure only the highest level of work is carried out to meet our lifetime warranty standards. With a work defect lower than 0.49% across all our rebuilds you can be sure that or standards are extremely high.



Lifetime unlimited mileage*


How do I get my unit rebuilt?

To pay for the rebuild select your vehicle model above and then click: Get yours rebuilt

Print the payment/booking confirmation email.

Package the BMW / Mini footwell module inside a sturdy box with plenty of packaging material (make sure you include your confirmation email in the box).

Send us your package by tracked courier (the shipping instructions are on the confirmation email).

Once received we will test, rebuild and return your FRM module with an unlimited mileage lifetime warranty. (if your unit turns out not to be faulty then we will refund your payment less a small testing fee and return shipping)


What if I don’t want to pay up front?

This is not a problem, if you prefer this option then follow the following steps:

Fill in and submit this test form.

Print the booking confirmation email.

Package the BMW / Mini footwell module inside a sturdy box with plenty of packaging material (make sure you include your confirmation email in the box).

Send us your package by tracked courier (the shipping instructions are on the confirmation email).

Once received, we will test your footwell module and call you to advise on the outcome of testing, if your unit is faulty and you choose to go ahead with the rebuild then we will take payment over the phone using a debit/credit card.

We will then rebuild your module and return it to you with an unlimited mileage warranty.

If you require further information regarding this BMW / Mini FRM3 repair, then please contact us.

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Comments on "BMW and BMW Mini footwell module fault – FRM3 repair"
Juan diaz says: 18/11/2023 15:23:53
I have a 2013 mini roadster cooper no ignition power no tail light or headlight do you think the FRM is causing all this problems
ECU Admin says: 22/11/2023 09:50:49
Hi Juan, reads like you have a problem with the FRM. If the connections and vehicle wiring have been checked we'd recommend sending your FRM to us for repair
Mark soutar says: 29/01/2023 20:30:11
We have a 2012 mini cooper d London edition and we have a drivers side side light out. It's not a bulb or wiring as when tested on diagnostic machine it works. its only when it goes back to car module it fails is this repairable?
ECU Admin says: 30/01/2023 10:05:45
Hi Mark, we can certainly look into that for you. to get started just complete our Test Form above
Al love says: 29/01/2023 17:04:24
Need trm 3 footwell module repair
ECU Admin says: 30/01/2023 10:06:45
Hi Al, you've come to the right place. To get started click Buy Now or complete our Test Form
Bathandwa says: 31/10/2022 14:11:23
Hi how much to repair footwell module for bmw 1 series e87 2009 model
ECU Admin says: 01/11/2022 09:42:02
Hi, for rebuild prices and shipping information please see the following link
Nana Boateng says: 13/10/2021 01:08:30
2011 mini cooper from not working fully can't roll my front windows
ECU Admin says: 13/10/2021 10:05:54
Max says: 13/07/2021 22:26:00
Hi, I have a 2012 bmw 116i. I cant seem to find the right model and year on your website though. Is this a vehicle model you cover? None of my power windows work and neither do my mirror adjustments. Thanks.
ECU Admin says: 14/07/2021 09:17:22
Hi Max, we can certainly help with that. Please see the following link for further information:
Sam says: 09/04/2021 06:19:59
Hi I have the 2007 E87 hatchback 1 series. I think my battery ran low and since Ive had problems mentioned above. My indicators, windows, full beams, speedo back light and some interior lights wont work along with the cig charger delivering really low power. How much would this cost? Thanks
ECU Admin says: 09/04/2021 09:27:35
Hi Sam, for rebuild prices on your FRM unit please see the following information:
DellAria says: 18/03/2021 10:18:03
Bonjour j'ai une mini countryman sd et suite à un changement de batterie, je n'ai plus les vitres fonctionnels, phare allumé permanent et suite à un diagnostic le FRM3 est indiqué : absence/manque de communication, module non fonctionnel, Combien cela coûterait pour la Belgique et si je vous envoie aussi le boîtier en question ? Merci d'avance, Giuseppe
ECU Admin says: 19/03/2021 09:42:16
Salut Giuseppe, nous pouvons vous aider. Pour les prix et les informations de livraison, veuillez s�lectionner votre mod�le ci-dessus, ou cliquez ici:
Stefan says: 16/03/2021 23:27:01
Hi How much would cost to repair my frm module on my 3 series 2009 320d coupe please?
ECU Admin says: 17/03/2021 09:31:21
Hi Stefan, for prices and shipping information please click your model above, or click here:
Verity Webster says: 02/08/2020 16:49:25
I have a 2011 Mini Countryman. Could you tell me how much it costs to have the existing footwell module repaired? Thanks
ECU Admin says: 06/08/2020 09:35:30
Hi Verity, for prices and shipping information please click your model above, or click here:
Chris says: 30/06/2020 05:26:59
How much to fix 2010 mini FRM3. Has been in water
ECU Admin says: 30/06/2020 12:37:01
Hi Chris, please select your Mini model above for this information
Matthew says: 03/06/2020 16:46:30
Very pleased with service . I sent of my foot well moduel for repair. great communication via email and there online account.Im in many car groups and have recommended this company. keep up the good work. I Will use again with out second thoughts.
ECU Admin says: 04/06/2020 09:39:46
Hi Matthew, thank you for your comment and recommendations to others. it’s great to see that you are happy with the footwell module rebuild, we strive to provide the most efficient and cost-effective solution possible.
Dave says: 19/04/2020 22:23:18
Hi am I right in thinking that on my footwell module my low pressure fuel pumps relay is soldered on the back. My vehicle is a Mini Cooper s.
ECU Admin says: 21/04/2020 12:33:11
Hi Dave, this footwell FRM3 module is responsible for controlling ‘body’ aspects on the vehicle (windows, internal and external lights etc). However it does not contain a fuel pump relay, this would be external to this module.
Hajar says: 15/12/2019 13:42:29
Hi what is the full price please
ECU Admin says: 16/12/2019 16:43:02
Hi Hajar, for rebuild and shipping costs please select your vehicle above.
chris eden porchester auto says: 07/11/2019 14:12:07
what is the cost of test and repair on this unit
ECU Admin says: 08/11/2019 17:20:08
Hi Chris, for rebuild prices please select your vehicle make and model above.
Graham Cattell says: 11/09/2019 21:26:46
Hi how much is this service please thanks graham
ECU Admin says: 12/09/2019 09:20:01
Hi Graham, for prices and shipping information please click on your vehicle model above.
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