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Old 11-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Sale OBD Scanner!

Will this work on our e46? If so, I'm going to buy it. Also, is the brand any good?
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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It's just a code reader.
I'd opt for PAsoft.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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i got a $15 reader from amazon. works perfect
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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You have a lot of reading to do on PA Soft.

That scanner is junk. Plain and simple.
I wouldn't pay $10 for it.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:58 PM   #5
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Not impressed with Actron tools.

Suggest you check out the Launch CReader VI. Although not BMW specific, it does a really good job with real time data, system readiness codes and will actually log data.



You can get one for around $80-$100 out of Asia on ebay or $180 from BAVAuto.

What you will find is you will need a number of tools to be able to really handle and manage these cars.

If I only had 2 tools to choose from for BMW testing, I would have the Launch CReader VI and the BMW Scanner 1.4.0 (PA Soft), these tools are less than a Peake tool by itself, and you can do a LOT more with them!
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #6
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thanks guys! I won't be buying this acron, but now I plan on buying the CReader VI sometime in the future.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:39 AM   #7
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Buy a bluetooth OBD2 adapter($15) and Torque Pro($5) app on iPhone or Android device. You won't regret it. If you're just looking to read and clear code, there's a free version of Torque.
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Buy a bluetooth OBD2 adapter($15) and Torque Pro($5) app on iPhone or Android device. You won't regret it. If you're just looking to read and clear code, there's a free version of Torque.
Last I was aware, the Torque app is only for Driod devices.

I have the Toque Pro app and the ELM327 and I do use it, but the CReader is far easier and more reliable in my opinion.

Torque Pro with the ELM327 Bluetooth adapter is probably the cheapest solution going, but does have a steep learning curve.

I have about 8 different scan tools and software packages and I can assure you my CReader is the first tool grabbed and used on any car, the I move on as needed to other tools.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:39 AM   #9
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Get pa soft (bmw scanner) that can do A LOT more.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:52 AM   #10
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Although PA Soft/BMW Scanner is a good tool, I advise people from getting the PA Soft/BMW Scanner 1.4.0 as the first and only tool for a number of reasons.

1. You need a computer to use PA Soft.
2. It does not provide much real time engine management data from what I have been able to gather.
3. Cannot monitor fuel trims.
4. Cannot perform data logging or graphing.
5. It does not provide Emission Readiness Code status.
6. It does not work on other make & model cars.

And I am sure there are things as well that I did not cover.

The issue is with these cars you really need a decent scan tool, and software like PA Soft and INPA to get a full view of what is going on.

The other problem with PA Soft/BMW Scanner 1.4.0 is many novices get their software up and running and then "see" their car has dozens of codes and then they start to worry and get excited about the codes and errors they are seeing. This tool at times can provide too much information and you have to understand what is critical and what may be bad/old data from a simple problem like a low battery.

But the tried and true handheld scan tool is something you can easily keep in your car and have ready at a moments notice, where the software based tools require you to keep a computer with the interface in the car when you travel.

Again, you really need more than 1 tool to get a full view and access to data on these cars. PA Soft/BMW Scanner 1.4.0 is a good tool to have, but may not be the first tool I recommend purchasing.
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