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    Hi, I have just purchased a 535D tourer having migrated from Audi (something I thought i'd never do!!)

    I used to be clued up with the VAG crowd regards retrofits/coding etc - It currently feels like I've had an arm removed without any diagnostic software :( - Looking into it, there appears to be several schools of thoughts with these cars, some suggest not touching coding at all, some are happy to play but use different systems etc.

    What I ideally want is a laptop based solution where I can recode modules and read error codes. I'm reading that OBD2 isn't as quick as the optics (understandable), but what is the cost difference? and would I be able to update systems were i to buy an optic cable? - some places also suggest a good battery charger which i presume is a failsafe as you'd obviously not have the engine running for a 3 hour update.

    I have an issue with my iDrive where I will be replacing modules shortly which will need coding up - what is the BM software like, is it as easy as Vagcom to use or are we talking real techy stuff here.

    Any help much appreciated

    Apologies if I've missed an obvious post giving me all this info

    Tim
     
     

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    INPA / ediabas is the stuff, you can get the leads on ebay for around £20.
    You may want to get a D-CAN version though, as some newer cars need the more expensive lead.
     
     

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    Thanks fella.... are there any limitations to it?

    I have done some more reading since about using my Vag com OBD cable, modified - if its only £20 i'd rather spend that than open this lead up (this was £280)

    Edit: it seems i need to join two of the pins up, defo leaving the vagcom cable alone.

    Is this cable upto the job of coding/updating? - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-inpa-E...item1c1e815c27

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    Yep, that should do it.
    The DCAN version has better coverage into newer cars, you'll get some diagnostics with it, and the NCS Expert which is the BMW factory coding software.
     
     

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    Brilliant, thanks mate

    That's partly where the confusion lay, as I havent got the programs yet... I had presumed they would be like vagcom and all together in one place.

    So theres a diagnosis system (several on the market from what i've read) and the genuine BMW coding which i presume has a preset password

     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Animal1 View Post
    Brilliant, thanks mate

    That's partly where the confusion lay, as I havent got the programs yet... I had presumed they would be like vagcom and all together in one place.

    So theres a diagnosis system (several on the market from what i've read) and the genuine BMW coding which i presume has a preset password

    its ediabas,that has all the software in one package,i got obd2 kline usb cable plus software on ebay for 29 sterling.
     
     

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