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      01-29-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Coding at a mechanic

Hi all, hoping for a bit of help on a possibly obvious question. My mechanic is a licensed BMW tech and has the computer equipment to connect to the OBD and flash/update/code whatever. I have no idea what this interface looks like or it's capabilities, but I assume it is the same thing the dealer has? He told me he has to pay BMW $40 to "activate" access to it for a 24-hour period, but if I wanted to pay for it I could sit in front of the computer and do whatever I want. Can all of the coding that you all do here be done from the BMW interface? If so, are the codes the same, or easy to figure out? I don't want to pay $40 and sit down and realize I can't do anything or can't figure out wtf I'm doing. Any advice is much appreciated!