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Old 01-29-2013, 05:31 AM   #12
jfoj
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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 - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=967204

A nice generic stand alone tool that will read real time data and has some level of internal graphing is this tool, http://www.careucar.com/wholesale/la...de-reader.html

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 - http://www.xcar360.com/bmw-scanner-1...scan-tool.html

or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9SIA1PU0KJ1976 however this has shown out of stock for a while.

or since you also want E9x coverage as well, you might try this - http://www.xcar360.com/bmw-dash-scanner-3-in-1.html

Or this which also includes INPA and a 20-16 pin OBD adapter -
http://www.xcar360.com/bmw-diagnostic-interface.html

Unfortunately you really need a generic and BMW specific tool to really do everything you need to do.
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