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    Hello guys, got the gadget in the post this morning bought it on a whim at 20 quid! Plugged it in and it started reading but then said linking error! I did some digging and it seems that this comes up if its OBD1, but im sure mine is OBD2? Any suggestions? Fixes? It says it reads all european cars post 1996.
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    Nobody able to shed some light?
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    I don't think the E36 is fully OBD2 compliant. It was around 2000 when BMW's were fully compliant.

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    Ah... could be the problem... so does that mean its half obd1? Or just need a proper BMW specific tool? I got a universal scanner that says all euro after 1996... and a lead that converts it into the round plug. Is there a proper obd2 plug on our cars like in the US? cheers for the reply.
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    Thanks will get a look but from what i could tell it just seemed to be US spec cars with that. Cheers
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    Nope no socket under the dash
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    Quote Originally Posted by aburrows88 View Post
    Ah... could be the problem... so does that mean its half obd1? Or just need a proper BMW specific tool? I got a universal scanner that says all euro after 1996... and a lead that converts it into the round plug. Is there a proper obd2 plug on our cars like in the US? cheers for the reply.
    No, there's not a obd2 plug on Euro E36's.

    I'm fairly sure that it won't work - http://www.gendan.co.uk/article_1.html

    BMW specific is the way forward.

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