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    I bought my 2000 E46 in June 2011 and it's without doubt the worst car i've ever owned!

    I've replaced the boot wiring as i had no lights at the back of the car whatsoever.
    Changed the FSU for a supposedly upgraded aftermarket one which didn't last long and also melted my wiring so had to replace both the wiring and the FSU again.
    The cps intake has been replaced twice and both times only lasted a week or so before it was knackered!
    I've currently got codes for my cps exhaust and water outlet permanently and sometimes cps intake too but that's intermittent.
    Most of the time I have a light on my dash saying I have an o/s/f light fault and every now and then a door or boot open. When they're not!
    And finally the airbag light's been on permanently for the last 3 months or so.

    Can anyone shed any light on why i'm having so many electrical problems?????

    A month ago I bought the waste of space cable and software from BMW Cables. Which I've loaded onto 2 laptops. One vista and one windows 7. Vista got as far as bridging in vmware and wouldn't get any further. Windows 7 got 2 the very last stage of both dis and sss but couldn't identify the car. Even though Inpa can. I was under the Impression that Inpa was working perfectly as it Identifies the car and also shows the engine codes. I've about given up with the DIS/SSS so thought I would see what I could do with Inpa as my main priority is getting the airbag light off! Selected airbag today and I got the message ..........
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    IFH-0009: no response from control unit. Program will be stopped!
    So Inpa will read engine codes and nothing else and Dis will also read the engine codes and nothing else. Both return error messages saying can't communicate with control units.

    Any help would be most appreciated as this should be the best car i've ever owned ...... Not the worst
     
     

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    there good on INPA here
     
     

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    Thanks Payno i'll take a look ....... Cheers mate
     
     

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    I may be onto something after another exhausting day researching similar problems.
    It appears that models produced before June 2000 had the 20 pin connector under the bonnet as well as the obd socket under the dash. Why on earth would a car manufacturer fit both if they both do the same thing?
    So i'm now thinking maybe the one under the dash is nothing much more than an ornament and I need to use the 20 pin connector instead. Which is pretty damn annoying bearing in mind the seller stated that it would work on E46's so I didn't order one
    I would've thought someone somewhere would've come across this before.
    After taking the obd socket out of the dash I only have 4 wires in total on pins 4,5,7 and 16 whereas the 20 pin connector has 8 pins in use 1,2,7,14,16,17,19 and 20

    Can anybody confirm that I definately need to use the 20 pin connector instead. It's the one thing that's made any sence since I 1st started loading the software. In reality there's nothing wrong with the software it's simply plugged into the wrong place. So it can do the most basic of checks and nothing else
     
     

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    i think i read somewhere before that if you have both obd ports, you have to use the round one in the engine bay. Dont hold me to this though because i cant remember where i read it
    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmw320d se View Post
    i think i read somewhere before that if you have both obd ports, you have to use the round one in the engine bay. Dont hold me to this though because i cant remember where i read it
    Thanks mate .......... I think so too. Be great if someone could confirm it tho
     
     

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    i was just wondering...what cable are you using?has it got pins 7 & 8 soldered together???
    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!
     
     

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    from reading this, makes me believe that if you have the round 20 pin obd in the engine bay, thats the port to use:

    2000 E46 330i - Where is the OBD Port in Engine

    i wonder if there is an adapter you can buy that would be compatible with the 16 pin cable you currently have?

    i would say that you get the message "blah blah blah program will be stopped" with inpa because you need to connect via the engine bay
    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!
     
     

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    and just to clarify your install of inpa:

    Guide: Installing INPA/EDIABAS on Windows 7 64bit

    not saying you havent installed it correctly, just for you to check all these steps and make sure you have done them all
    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!
     
     

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    and one last post, would this work for you:

    BMW Diagnostics Cable EOBD 16 - OBD 20 pin Adapter Ediabas Inpa DIS NSC Expert | eBay

    hope any of this helps you out lol
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