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Old 01-03-2017, 12:03 PM   #1
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BlueTooth ScanTool 427201 from Amazon

It's time for me to buy my very first ODBII scan tool, for my '04 325i. I think spending up to $50 is reasonable.
This one looks pretty cool:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H9S71LW?psc=1

The reviews are great although not everyone was completely happy with it for the BMW. I will order it in a few days depending on your comments.

Does it have to be BT, no. I do like the idea of seeing info on a smart phone while driving but other than that I have no issue connecting my laptop via USB.
I don't want to mess around with Windows XP or VirtualBox. My laptop is Windows 8.1.
There was one person on this forum that used this tool and it seemed to be working fine.

For reference, if you really love your ODBII tool(s) why don't you also post what it is you're using (including link if available) and how much it cost you.

PS: I know there are threads similar to this already but it's so confusing. I wish there was a post for me that just said 'this is what you should buy'.
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:25 PM   #2
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It's time for me to buy my very first ODBII scan tool, for my '04 325i. I think spending up to $50 is reasonable.
This one looks pretty cool:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H9S71LW?psc=1

The reviews are great although not everyone was completely happy with it for the BMW. I will order it in a few days depending on your comments.

Does it have to be BT, no. I do like the idea of seeing info on a smart phone while driving but other than that I have no issue connecting my laptop via USB.
I don't want to mess around with Windows XP or VirtualBox. My laptop is Windows 8.1.
There was one person on this forum that used this tool and it seemed to be working fine.

For reference, if you really love your ODBII tool(s) why don't you also post what it is you're using (including link if available) and how much it cost you.

PS: I know there are threads similar to this already but it's so confusing. I wish there was a post for me that just said 'this is what you should buy'.
I bought this one 5 years ago and has been flawless and less than $10. This one is Bluetooth and is for android and Windows apps. If you plan on using an iphone or IOS tablet. get the WiFi version, also the same price. Your software app should be OBD Fusion. $3.99 for Android, $9.99 for iPhone.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ELM-327-V2-1...774031&vxp=mtr

And if you plan on using only your laptop, get the PA Soft 1.4 software and OBDII adapter. This software does a lot more than the standard OBDII apps but both of these are a must for your E46. You can get both for way under your budget.

http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=...Dbmw%2Bscanner
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:58 PM   #3
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Suggest you just buy the VeePeak Bluetooth interface from Amazon for like $13. If you have an iProduct buy the VeePeak Wifi interface.

You want the OBDFusion App, which is the same App called OBDLink that is locked to the interface you linked and it is free, but OBDLink will ONLY work the OBDLink interfaces.

So you start with the generic OBDII tool like OBDFusion, you WILL NOT be sorry about it. If you have an Android, you are looking at less then $20 for the App and VeePeak interface.

Then you want to buy BMW Scanner 1.4.0 for $26 - https://www.amazon.com/iSaddle-Scann...+scanner+1.4.0

So for under the $50 you were planning on spending you have far more resources available!!
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Old 01-03-2017, 01:10 PM   #4
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I'm sold, thanks for helping me out here!
For $38.98 I ordered two items:
BMW Scanner 1.4.0 and "generic" BlueTooth ODBII scan tool.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RHJTS2
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PJPHEBO

Looking forward to uncovering the mysterious check-engine soon light, what surprises will await?!

Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2017, 01:20 PM   #5
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Buy the OBDFusion App, do not fall in the trap of any of the other Apps. I am sure you can spare $3.99?

Now you need to read the PDF in this thread so you can really get an understanding of how to use the App - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1097893
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Hidden OBC Menu - Check Voltage, Temp, Fuel Level - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619

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Old 01-03-2017, 01:24 PM   #6
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I got the Bluetooth OBD2, Foseal last Saturday for $13 bucks (+$6 for overnight) from Amazon.
Scanned and cleared codes.
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Old 01-03-2017, 01:29 PM   #7
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I got the OBDII Fusion last Saturday for $13 bucks and Torque Lite for free. (+$6 for overnight)
Scanned and cleared codes.
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Torque sux, you did not buy OBDFusion, this is an App, you purchased an interface for $13 with $6 overnight shipping.

Buy OBDFusion for $3.99 and READ the PDF I linked above. Learn what the App can do and how to use it, you WILL need to understand the power of the App.
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Hidden OBC Menu - Check Voltage, Temp, Fuel Level - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619

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Where are you guys getting the software for the 1.4? Im running Windows 7 and he disc It came with can't run it


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Where are you guys getting the software for the 1.4? Im running Windows 7 and he disc It came with can't run it


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Run in compatibilty mode. Right click, select comapatibilty. You will need to force the USB drivers.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=942966
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