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    Yep, you could plug it in, choose the engine to diagnose, look across the bottom for "smoothness" and you'll see 6 green bars with a small black bar on the left edge.

    The one with the black bar sticking out the most the the weakest cylinder, and the one with the problem..

    Technology eh?

    It would by oscilloscoping the crank sensor, and looking for the cylinders not pulling their weight when it goes to pushing done on the crank.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabamaru View Post
    Hi there,

    I just bought a 2003 (pre-facelift) 330 convertible and last night the engine started misfiring. I suspect a failed coil.

    Would the cable in the link you provided work for diagnosing faults for my car?
    Also do I need to buy software separately or is this all I need + a laptop?

    I am completely new to this, so sorry if I am asking very trivial questions.

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    I think that is all you need. . I have nothing TO DO WITH SELLER !!!! BETTER ASK HIM...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEnd View Post
    Yep, you could plug it in, choose the engine to diagnose, look across the bottom for "smoothness" and you'll see 6 green bars with a small black bar on the left edge.

    The one with the black bar sticking out the most the the weakest cylinder, and the one with the problem..

    Technology eh?

    It would by oscilloscoping the crank sensor, and looking for the cylinders not pulling their weight when it goes to pushing done on the crank.
    Is this reply to me? Thanks a lot if so.


    Quote Originally Posted by bmw-diag View Post
    I think that is all you need. . I have nothing TO DO WITH SELLER !!!! BETTER ASK HIM...
    Thank you.

    I've seen that there are numerous different types of diagnostic equipment around (PEAKE, INPA etc..). Do you know if any other offer any functionality that this doesn't?

    Thanks again for the advice.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabamaru View Post

    I've seen that there are numerous different types of diagnostic equipment around (PEAKE, INPA etc..). Do you know if any other offer any functionality that this doesn't?

    Thanks again for the advice.
    Depends on the car it's for and if you want a laptop based scanner or a handheld scanner.

    Inpa does everything and is cheap hence the popularity. It is also available with a USB interface which some other solutions do not offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dailydoggy View Post
    ok ive bin messing with an old laptop i found in my junk pile a nice tosh 4080 with a serial port and XP loaded ive thrown inpa on it and loaded it up..

    fired it up inpa running and transmitting i just need a suitable interface cable i think now..

    whats the recomendation here a modded vagcom cable or a proper BMW jobby?

    cheaper the better preferably ive seen a few on fleabay but il wait for a reccomendation off here first?

    ta guys n gals...
    Sorry, looks like no one has answered your question yet!

    Depends on what you want it for really. That £30 eBay option is already modded and all you'll ever need for your E46.

    Alternatively buy a vagcom KKL lead for £10-15, solder pins 7+8 together and you're done. Unless your coding or using GT1 you won't need anything else and TBH GT1 is overated.

    Also have a read of this thread http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...nwards-t74608/

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