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Old 02-26-2011, 05:46 PM   #21
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I bought the Bavarian Technic "Enthusiast Kit" last year. Works great. Thought about the Peake reader, but wanted something that gave real time data as shanneba mentioned. Been using Ross-Tech's VCDS on my wife's VW for a couple years, so I was used to a laptop based system.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:55 PM   #22
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I own an INNOVA 3100e. It reads unique BMW codes, as well as the unique codes from any other auto maker. I paid about $120 for it.

It does not read the SRS because the SRS is not an OBD II compliant system. Having said that, there is an OBD II code set that uses Bnnnn, where B means body, so perhaps SRS faults can be read but I haven't done it yet.

All OBD II readers can read all of the various protocols (including CAN) because the different schemes for coding use different wires on the OBD II Data Port. Cars generate on one protocol only, never multiple protocols, so the data presented on the connector is translated by the scan tool to whichever protocol is appropriate.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:03 AM   #23
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Just to let you know, i have the actron cp9125 obd2 pocket reader and it DOES NOT work on my e46.

Does the readers you guys mentioned have the option of deleting air bag lights? Any suggestions on a reader that does?
i have the same reader and mine works fine
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:33 PM   #24
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i have the same reader and mine works fine
Here's the exact model i have:
http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid=16298

What year and model is your e46??

I'm going to try it out again. You gave me hopes lol.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:35 PM   #25
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http://www.peakeresearch.com/fcx3.htm

Peake is the reader to buy when it comes to reading BMW codes and it is definately worth it if you are going to be doing your own work on the car.
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:10 PM   #26
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I own an INNOVA 3100e. It reads unique BMW codes, as well as the unique codes from any other auto maker. I paid about $120 for it.

It does not read the SRS because the SRS is not an OBD II compliant system. Having said that, there is an OBD II code set that uses Bnnnn, where B means body, so perhaps SRS faults can be read but I haven't done it yet.

All OBD II readers can read all of the various protocols (including CAN) because the different schemes for coding use different wires on the OBD II Data Port. Cars generate on one protocol only, never multiple protocols, so the data presented on the connector is translated by the scan tool to whichever protocol is appropriate.
I have an Innova 3100e as well and as far as I can tell, I am only getting the OBD II codes. When I try to go to vehicle specific DTCs, it says they aren't available for BMW. I do like this scanner because it shows emissions monitor readiness and pending codes. I have had no issues diagnosing my car using the PXXXX OBD II DTCs.
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