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    Im looking to buy a decent code reader from ebay, Ill probably only use it a few times a year so i dont want to spend loads. My mechanic charges £20 for a code read so id rather buy one.
    Im looking to spend £50ish max and lower the better, but if there pants i wont bother.

    Here are the ones im looking at:
    UIFtech U581 - £55
    Autel MS509 - £60
    Autel MS309 - £35

    Anone used these or recommend one? Peake is too expensive. Just want one to get the job done at reading codes should i need it.

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    Well your best bet would be a Peake if you want what your thread title says as it give BMW codes...most cheaper ones are generic readers so won't give specific information.I just got a Peake tool for £106
     
     

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    Why would the others be marked as BMW code readers when they dont give any code or any helpful ones? just curious
     
     

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    It will read the OBD codes so you will get useful information out of it. However, the BMW specific readers will read the BMW extended codes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    It will read the OBD codes so you will get useful information out of it. However, the BMW specific readers will read the BMW extended codes.

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    I understand that the Peake dosnt read the 'extended' codes also. Only BMW's readers which for me the peake would be a waste of moey over the 'cheaper' ones. correct or not?
     
     

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    Peake will read the BMW specific. My only issue with them is you need a separate tool for reading/resetting the airbag.

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    You ever used any of the software CDs that you can connect to your laptop etc? Are they any good?
    For example Carsoft?
     
     

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    Yes, they are good. Some of the eBay clones can be a bit tricky to get working with newer laptops.

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    i have got the ms309 tool and the peake tool

    the ms309 tool will read engine related generic codes but is handy little tool .it will definitely read codes and switch off your check engine light.-you do not require a laptop and for 35 quid i would say it is worth it because,u use it once and it pays for itself.

    the peake tool is also a handy little tool,it reads bmw engine related specific codes,is much dearer and it works for my 2003 e39 530d diesel but unfortunately it comes up with some sort of communication error when plugged into my 2001 e46 318i petrol car-hence i have got both tools.

    the ms 509 gives you some live data, i think,hence the extra cost
     
     

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    I've mentioned this before as a good OBD2 reader

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Launch-CReader...#ht_2436wt_704

    The inbuilt graphing feature looks quite good, but I haven't seen any independent reviews or experiences of it yet.
     
     

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