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  1. BMW and INPA; what adaptor should I buy for my car? 
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    This question comes up a lot, and most explanations, including my own, are buried in threads with lots of words around them. I thought I'd strip this into bullet points for you.

    This is true for all models, US and EU, Asia.

    Please delete a commonly held misconception: OBD2 is not used at all for INPA for all years and all models globally. Puzzled? Search BMW DS2 on Google to find out more. OK; moving on.

    1) E34, E28, E36 pre 1995.
    Full support: ADS compatible serial interface, currently about £80. Must used laptop with factory fitted RS232 port.

    2) E36 Z3 M3 & EVO and compact post 1996 EU and US
    Full support: ADS compatible serial interface, currently about £80. Must used laptop with factory fitted RS232 port.
    Partial support VAGCOM+16-20pin adaptor (Engine ECU, HVAC, various.)

    3) E46, E39, E39 pre 09/1999 build date
    You have a round socket under the bonnet, you must use it to access all modules
    Full support support VAGCOM+16-20pin adaptor

    4) E46, E39, E39 post 09/1999 build date
    Round socket is not fitted under bonnet
    Full support support VAGCOM adaptor, short pins 7 & 8

    5) Cars post 2007
    High speed K-CAN USB adaptor (100kbps, 500kbps) may be needed. I don't have one of these cars to test on so pease report back if you have success and I'll update the post.


    Footnotes (for the more adventurous):

    it is possible to modify the car wiring to get the 16 pin socket to do INPA on a 20 pin socket E46/E39.
    Whilst the ADS adaptor needs a full serial port, it also must be on a laptop with a proper serial port located at 3F38h and IRQ11. USB serial is not possible. Well I say not possible, some combos of configurations in the ini files may allow it, EG: Hardware=USB and STD=ADS but I've not tested this because I don't have the gear.

    Related posts:
    Software installation
    ADS detailed in technical terms
    How to use a Resler interface with INPA
    What adaptor should I buy for INPA
    INPA Idiots guide
    Last edited by joylove; 10-10-2011 at 07:48.
     
     

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    joylove's Car Details
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    328
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    Reserved for 1996+ E36 ADS/VAGCOM breakdown by ECU


    All E36 94-99 with unmodifled VAGCOM cable (Interface=STD:OBD Hadware = USB or OBD) plus 16 to 20 pin adaptor you can access

    DME Joylove Yes 1997 328i
    ZKE Joylove Yes 1997 328i
    PDC Joylove Yes 1997 328i
    HVAC Joylove Yes 1997 328i
    KOMBI Tonyday - No 1999 323i Joylove No 1997 328i
    ABS/ASC Tonyday - No 1999 323i Joylove No 1997 328i IanS- Yes 1996 EVO
    Cabrio module Can't remember
    Airbag Can't remember Tonyday - Yes 1999 323i
    RAD Joylove No CD43
    OBC Never tried
    EGS (Auto cars) Never tried

    Not tried any other modules.
    Last edited by joylove; 10-10-2011 at 07:42.
     
     

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