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Old 03-21-2013, 08:41 AM   #21
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:44 AM   #22
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Perhaps the ultimate BMW specific scanner but the install is NOT for the 'faint of computing' -many intricate / confusing setup steps / missteps... A more user-friendly version (one-step) of same was released and advertised on eBay.
Post a link to it. I received mine but haven't installed it yet. If there is an easier one. Show us where

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Old 08-12-2013, 06:27 PM   #23
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:48 PM   #24
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The fuzzy app says its not even available in the US App Store. Good info though.

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Old 08-12-2013, 07:50 PM   #25
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Just to reinforce what jfoj goes over in the original post, every E46 owner of whatever DIY level should have one in their toolbox. One solution for those with smartphones is the wireless ELM327 (this is the one I bought and had good reviews on this particular item) for about $9.50 shipped, $3.95 for a good OBD app with freeze frame, PID view, maps, dashboards, reports and the usual error codes clearing/readiness monitors status (I prefer this one as opposed to Torque, which I also have, for connection stability, app responsiveness and a far better interface logic).

In the video below I have it hooked up to my wife's C300 but works just as well with the E46. It's not physically connected to the car other than the USB car charger, which isn't a requirement unless you'll have it running for a while. As I linked to above I prefer the "mini" version of the ELM327 so it never gets in the way of your knee.

For under $14(!) all told it's a no-brainer. I'd wager a good portion of you are on smartphones. The app I link to above is for an Android but they have similar apps for all the other platforms as well.



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Old 08-12-2013, 08:20 PM   #26
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CVX,

Thanks for your added contribution. I like your "carputer" tablet that you have taped to the dash!!!

I totally agree, whether or not you are a DIY or not, with the OBD tools so cheap these days of you have a smart phone app, best to keep an OBD to Bluetooth adapter in the glove box of every car you own.

When I travel these days I always carry at least one OBD reader with me. This way if I trigger a CEL when traveling I can figure out if the problem is a nuisance like Cat Efficiency codes or something a bit more problematic.

Also I have no idea when I need to check out a friend or family members car while traveling.

If anyone has update on IOS ODB software and interfaces, please update or comment here.

Anyone living in California should have a OBD tool in their toolbox with the requirement of the SMOG checks and the fact that most auto parts stores do not loan OBD scan tools.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:59 PM   #27
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CVX,

Thanks for your added contribution. I like your "carputer" tablet that you have taped to the dash!!!

I totally agree, whether or not you are a DIY or not, with the OBD tools so cheap these days of you have a smart phone app, best to keep an OBD to Bluetooth adapter in the glove box of every car you own.

When I travel these days I always carry at least one OBD reader with me. This way if I trigger a CEL when traveling I can figure out if the problem is a nuisance like Cat Efficiency codes or something a bit more problematic.

Also I have no idea when I need to check out a friend or family members car while traveling.

If anyone has update on IOS ODB software and interfaces, please update or comment here.

Anyone living in California should have a OBD tool in their toolbox with the requirement of the SMOG checks and the fact that most auto parts stores do not loan OBD scan tools.
This please^ or any software/hardware that works with OSX natively.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:51 AM   #28
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It should be noted that the free OBDWiz software does not have the capability to interpret manufacturer specific codes.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:38 AM   #29
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It should be noted that the free OBDWiz software does not have the capability to interpret manufacturer specific codes.
You have to be careful what you state here. The OBDII standard does allow for manufacturer specific codes. If the 2nd digit is a 1 in the code, example P1xxx then this is an Enhanced or Manufacturer specific code.

http://www.obd-codes.com/faq/obd2-codes-explained.php

Some manufacturers have specific codes that do not follow the OBD standard and in this case a standard OBD tool will not be able to read and display them.

So yes, many manufacturers have codes that standard tools will not read, however, for typical problems most codes are in a standard/generic format that a typical tool can read and display.

If you have a problem that your tool cannot read, then likely it will not be a obvious problem.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:21 AM   #30
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:07 AM   #31
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A few additional updates here because I cannot edit the original post.

First an interesting combo tool. OBDII tool that reads and displays Real Time and Freeze Frame data, displays Emission Readiness Monitor Status and has a Volt/Ohmmeter integrated into it. This tool also appears to have some basic graphing capability.

List of features:

Retrieves generic (P0, P2, P3, and U0), manufacturer specific (P1, P3, and U1) codes and pending codes
Reads live PCM datastream, live O2 sensor test data, and freeze frame data
Built in Amp/Volt/Ohm multimeter allows you to test amperage (20A max), voltage, resistance, wiring, switched, duty cycle and more
Built in Starting/Charging system testing easily diagnoses vehicle electrical systems
Multilingual menu and DTC definitions (English, Spanish, and French)

The AutoLink AL539 OBD II and Electrical Test tool supports all 10 modes of OBD II for a complete diagnosis. Featuring the unique patented One-Click I/M Readiness Key, graphing digital Multimeter, starting and charging system tests, TFT color display, and a built-in speaker, the versatile, easy-to-use AL539 will streamline automotive service and help ensure a rapid, accurate diagnosis and timely repair.

Kind of a all in one tool for the DIY person for currently under $125.

http://www.amazon.com/Autel-AL539-OB...ords=aul+al539


Also a newer Apple/Mac based computer OBDII software. There do not seem to many IOS/Apple products on the market. So Movi is an option for Mac users.

Movi uses either a Elm OBD-Bluetooth style interface or a USB to OBD cable.

Here is a screen shot of Movi Freeze Frame grab:

Make: BMW
Port: OBDII-SPPDev Chip: ELM327 v1.5 OBD: AUTO, ISO 9141-2 VIN: Not available

Diagnostic Trouble Codes
Code Description Retrieval Time
P0174 System too Lean (Bank 2) 2013-08-16 21:19:23

Freeze Frame Data
PID Description Value Units Retrieval Time
00 PIDs supported 1-20 7F 98 00 00 2013-08-16 21:19:28
02 Freeze frame trouble code P0174 2013-08-16 21:19:28
03 Fuel system status Fuel system #2 - Closed loop, using oxygen sensor feedback to determine fuel mix. Fuel system #1 - Closed loop, using oxygen sensor feedback to determine fuel mix. 2013-08-16 21:19:29
04 Calculated engine load value 37.25 % Percent 2013-08-16 21:19:29
05 Engine coolant temperature 210.2 Fahrenheit 2013-08-16 21:19:30
06 Short term fuel % trim Bank 1 13.28 % Percent 2013-08-16 21:19:30
07 Long term fuel % trim Bank 1 7.03 % Percent 2013-08-16 21:19:31
08 Short term fuel % trim Bank 2 10.16 % Percent 2013-08-16 21:19:31
09 Long term fuel % trim Bank 2 7.81 % Percent 2013-08-16 21:19:31
0C Engine RPM 1420 rpm 2013-08-16 21:19:32
0D Vehicle speed 27.34 mph 2013-08-16 21:19:32

Movi is available here - https://www.yhasi.com/index.php

Thanks to Fanatic tlester for the Movi info and screen shot.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:47 PM   #32
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This Creader page is confusing me. It has a VII, and a VII+ which it is also calling a CRP123.

http://www.x431shop.com/wholesale/co...code-scanners/

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Old 08-20-2013, 02:03 PM   #33
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Be careful here, it appears Launch has Asian and North American products.

Check the LaunchTech US web site, it appears they have a newer version of the CRP123 known as the CRP129.

The CRP129 support everything the CRP123 supports, and includes Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) release, Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) and Oil Service Light resets

The CReaderVII does not look like a "global" product?? It looks like on the web link provided above the CReaderVII+ is really the CReader CRP123??

Would consider the CRP129 over the CRP123, however, not sure the tool can actually "code" BMW steering angle sensors, likely only perform resets on some cars??
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #34
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I think I see a CRP123 in my near future (crp123 ~ $150.; crp123/VII+ ~ $159.) I hope it will identify my brake prob (lite trifecta w/ red "BRAKE"). PA Soft couldn't find my DSC/ABS system; my mechanic scanned with two scanners, and said, "wheel sensor".
So, onward & upward....

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Old 08-21-2013, 11:01 AM   #35
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Cannot recall for sure if it displays the E46 wheel sensor speed, but it does on my GMC truck.

Might be vehicle specific?? But it is very helpful if you can read wheel sensor speed.

On my GMC truck the CRP123 will even display Heated O2 sensor current consumption.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:20 AM   #36
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Can anyone recommend a good iPhone app as id love to pick up a Bluetooth scanner. I hear the iPhone must be jailbroken to use the scanner, and mine is jbed
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:26 AM   #37
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Can anyone recommend a good iPhone app as id love to pick up a Bluetooth scanner. I hear the iPhone must be jailbroken to use the scanner, and mine is jbed
In my opinion, one does not exist and if they do exist, they are TOO expensive.

Buy a Launch Creader VI for about $65. Likely this will be cheaper than any iPhone app and interface.
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In my opinion, one does not exist and if they do exist, they are TOO expensive.

Buy a Launch Creader VI for about $65. Likely this will be cheaper than any iPhone app and interface.
This looks good. Thanks for the suggestion

I did see this app called dash command which would looks nice but the app is $50!

I was curious if anyone had used that with a Bluetooth obd2 scanner.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:17 PM   #39
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This is my setup that fits in my glove compartment. BMW scanner, modified vagcom cables (DIS, INPA and more), round adapter (for older cars), and a netbook. 12 volt cig adapter to power the netbook if needed. Even has the TIS on it, great for torque values. I'm sure I collected it all for about $120.

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Old 08-27-2013, 12:37 PM   #40
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Anyone try this interface sounds like the "magic bullet"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-USB-OBD-...b475a7&vxp=mtr

Also wanted to mention I purchased a CReader 6 per JFOJ's recommendation. Waiting to run test on O2 sensors to pass smog.
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