I have been a bmw owner for many years, and have been working on cars for more years than I care to remember, and I work in IT and have done for a long time. However, I have not yet combined work and play and joined my car with my computer !
I have an e39 520iSE Auto, and it has developed a fault of being very sluggish, not pulling etc. I have got the codes from the Instrument Cluster, which show a couple of things, but not very specific. So I thought I would try hooking a pc to the car and see what that can tell me.
Looking around there seems to be 3 'ways' to go:
1) Peake tool, or all-in-one specific code reader/resetter - around £100+
2) INPA EDIABAS BMW Specific (or VAGCOM) cable - around £45+
3) Generic OBD-II Cable with BMW Adaptor and free/bought software - around £15+
I like the sound of number 3, mainly because the cable can be used with other (or maybe the same) software on other cars, for example I have a ford mondeo, my dad has a saab 93 etc.
Where I am finding a problem is the sheer number of people selling cables and software, all with slightly different descriptions, some using different protocols etc.
I have a copy of INPA, TIS, ETK, CarSoft, and will be looking to get ProScan, and maybe a couple of freeware ones.
Can anyone please post some active ebay links, or advice on the cable to go for, which will allow me to start in getting some info out of my cars computer?