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    Hi Guys,

    I did do a search but didn't really find the info as 'fault code' matches lots of posts with problems so I thought I'd ask...


    What fault code readers do you guys use? Do they also reset service indicators? (I do all my own servicing/visual inspections )

    I've been looking round and seen some which are just software and a cable you plug into a laptop around the £25 mark.... are these any good?
    I have a spare laptop and an IT literate so this would work fine for me....


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    I use an ELM327 reader with Scantool software - works great for me They will read the codes, give a brief description (you can then google the code) and allow you to reset the codes. It will not reset the service lights. What model do you have? For the E46, for example, there a sequence with the key & one of the buttons on the instrument panel that allows you to reset the interval.
    E46 330i Touring (Sold)
     
     

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    Hi,

    I haven't got a BMW yet, but it most likely will be an E36 coupe (1999-2000) - small chance it might be an E46.
     
     

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    Ok, I got a 318IS which seems to be a little bit thirsty... and the airbag light is on

    Does anyone know if there is a reader which can do;

    All fault codes
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    Airbag codes
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    Reset service indicator etc...

    At a reasonable price.

    Does the scantool know ALL BMW codes? - I was reading somewhere that they don't and general advice was to go for a Peake tool.


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    You'd be best of getting something like Carsoft if you want engine, airbag and service reset,

    If you get a Peake tool you'll need the engine code reader, the airbag code reader, and another if you want to read ABS.
     
     

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    http://www.motormec.co.uk/diagnostic.html

    Also have a read here
    1998 E36 328i diagnostic tool?

    I'm in a similar situation and i think i've near enough decided a Peake is for me
     
     

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    I'm in a similar position having swapped my seats and the airbag light now being on.

    I've just bought this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-INPA-USB-I...item4cecc08a73 the seller confirmed I'll be able to use it to clear my airbag light but to be honest I'm not holding out much hope for it to be of much use long term for code reading, looks like its really just the interface bundled with a load of free software. If its no good I'll stick it back on and go for Carsoft, I've got a laptop with a proper serial port and intend to do a couple of seat swaps so need the airbag clearing functionality otherwise I'd have gone the Peake route. The only thing I didn't like about the Peake is the 2 digit display, I'm sure its not a big problem to interpret the codes but I'd rather see them in full I think.

    I'll post a more detailed review on my findings when it arrives and I've tried it out.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by binman View Post
    I'm in a similar position having swapped my seats and the airbag light now being on.

    I've just bought this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-INPA-USB-I...item4cecc08a73 the seller confirmed I'll be able to use it to clear my airbag light but to be honest I'm not holding out much hope for it to be of much use long term for code reading, looks like its really just the interface bundled with a load of free software. If its no good I'll stick it back on and go for Carsoft, I've got a laptop with a proper serial port and intend to do a couple of seat swaps so need the airbag clearing functionality otherwise I'd have gone the Peake route. The only thing I didn't like about the Peake is the 2 digit display, I'm sure its not a big problem to interpret the codes but I'd rather see them in full I think.

    I'll post a more detailed review on my findings when it arrives and I've tried it out.

    Good news is that is way better than Carsoft It's a internal BMW R&D tool.

    A bit on the pricey side - I'm only mentioning it incase others are tempted to buy it.

    Ian
     
     

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