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Old 01-29-2013, 06:31 AM   #12
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My Ride: 330CiC, M5, X5, E93
If you have a Droid device, Torque Pro for $5 and a $15 ELM327 OBD to Bluetooth adapter from Amazon is a good generic option.

Since you are in IT you likely have a laptop available? Another generic option for the laptop for under $30 is -

A nice generic stand alone tool that will read real time data and has some level of internal graphing is this tool,

I have this and it is actually the 1st tool I always grab as it is dirt simple, reads real time data and can graph internally. Internal graphing is not the best, but it is useful at times. I do not know of another generic tool that has this option for the price.

BMW specific you likely would want either BMW Scanner 1.4.0 -

or however this has shown out of stock for a while.

or since you also want E9x coverage as well, you might try this -

Or this which also includes INPA and a 20-16 pin OBD adapter -

Unfortunately you really need a generic and BMW specific tool to really do everything you need to do.
Solve your misfires, lean codes, rough idle -

Fuel pump failures -

Temp Info -

Hidden OBC Menu - Check Voltage, Temp, Fuel Level -

E46/E39 GM5 Door Lock Info -

Lower hose temp switch O-ring - BMW #13621743299
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