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    I'm thinking of buying a diagnostic/fault reader for my E46. It would seem they are available from about 30 pounds up to thousands of pounds, therefore, the question is which one for the average dabbler?

    I've come across these:-
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ELM327-DIAGNOS...d=p3286.c0.m14

    Anyone know if they're any good? Supplier says they will work on my 2001 318i but I'd like to be sure before I buy and also what info they will give.

    Anyone know if a 2001 E436 318i has just a single diagnostic connector (located on bottom of dashboard, just above drivers right knee) or if they have another one and if so where?
     
     

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    Please can you post in the correct forum / title threads as per forum rules in future.

    Depending on the build date of your car you may also have the 20 pin diagnostic socket in the engine bay. (unlikely but worth checking as early E46's had both)

    This link shows the different connectors. http://www.peakeresearch.com/compatibility.htm

    I'd avoid that scan tool as it's a generic OBD2 reader in favor of a BMW specific one as the error codes are more specific.
     
     

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