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    could be either depending on month of manufacture lateR 2007 cars it will need DIS not INPA...
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    Hi all, firstly thanks for all the advice posted on this forum from various people especially joylove and dailydoggy - I've spent a long time reading these threads and so much more informed than before. Yet still, like everyone else, I have a couple of questions on this complicated topic that I'd really appreciate some custom advice on.

    I have a 2001 Z3 2.2 with an ODB port in the cabin and also the 20-pin connector under the bonnet. Pin 15 has a metal insert but I have not yet checked the voltage across it. My understanding is therefore that this is some sort of transition set-up car and the ideal solution for me would be a 20-pin to serial port cable with an old laptop, etc. However, by the time I have bought all that kit and spent a weekend reformatting the hard drive, changing PC configs, etc etc, I could've taken it to a garage and had someone who really knew what they were doing plug it straight in and charge me 30/40. Long term I would definitely want to go for the PC set up though so I could diagnose future faults. But I am not massively in to computer programming so it might take me a while to get there.

    I am rushing to a short term quick fix in the meantime because the engine management light came on recently so I really want to find out what that is ASAP. It is driving totally fine with the light on but I'm not one to ignore warning lights. It also has an EEP2 error (& instrument cluster dead) when cold but this fixes itself if warmed for a couple of minutes and restarted so I can live with that short term.

    I understand that my car is not fully ODBII, so a scanner tool such as C110 or a laptop + USB cable to ODBII such as VAGCOM would not be the most useful. But would either of these give me anything useful at all? Perhaps enough to at least see what the engine management light is being caused by?

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    ya could borrow a generic code reader from somebody? and see if it will connect via the OBd2 port to the engine and read generic codes...will tell you if the engine ECU is wired to the OBD2 port and give you basic engine code trouble info...

    or ifyou have an android device wiv BT you could try one of these and some sort of free software plenty of em out there or cheap like torque?...

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-ELM32...3D182072216214


    i dont know if it would work or not tho im just speculating as i dont know your car depend sif it is OBD2 compliant and ya only gonna find that out by above and it will only cost little mpre than a fiver anyway...
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    Thanks. I decided to take the plunge with a C110. Sounds like if I'm lucky and I am OBD2 compliant it should work? If not I'll have lost 40 but I figured I could probably just re-sell it on. Would you advise using that straight in the 15-pin in the cabin or using the 20-pin adapter? i Don't have an android device

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    Hi, could anyone please PM me a link to somewhere to download the full INPA software? Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by usernothername View Post
    Hi, could anyone please PM me a link to somewhere to download the full INPA software? Cheers
    That's a good question!

    Where to download the INPA software from?

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    ahem!!!!!


    there is a moderator with a well known modified (by himself) and well proven working version who has matching initials in his user name...
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    I bought this diagnostic kit last year and haven't tried to use it until today. I have a 1997, 2.8 Z3.

    The ABS and ASC lights are on and I suspect it's because of a problematic wheel sensor, but only because it seems to be the commonest fault according to fellow Z3 owners.

    Anyway, I can't get the kit to give me any diagnostic codes to confirm or disprove my thoughts.

    I'm in INPA, select "old models" and then E36. The info I need to read (ABS/ASC) is in "chassis" but none of the options are accessible.

    Some part of the programme is working because it has confirmed that my airbag light is on due to "seat occupancy" which I earlier diagnosed with a cheapy SRS tool.

    Can anyone help?

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    Has your car got a round obd connector in the engine bay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edber View Post
    Has your car got a round obd connector in the engine bay?
    Yes, my car doesn't have the other port inside the car, it only has the round one

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