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      03-30-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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obd reader which is best

now have a new smartphone and would like to get an obd reader to work with it, quite a few advertised from around 12 to 150, is there any difference in them?
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      03-30-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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None of them are good for bmws, if you want extensive testing.
They will read the codes only when you'll have engine management light on.
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      03-30-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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as far as apps go, 'BMWWhat' looks to be the most comprehensive but 'Torque Pro' is cheap & makes a great supplementary dashboard with engine & catalyst temp etc etc, but it wouldn't read fault codes on my LCI 320d
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      03-30-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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im really looking for engine temp and perhaps oil temp
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      03-30-2013, 11:11 PM   #5
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I'm running Torque Pro on my SGS3 / Scantool mx & have it setup to give me instant readouts of engine temp / dpf temp / volts / air temp which works very well. You can also set over / under range alarms, this week my dpf alarm went off when the temp went up from the more normal 200 - 300 degrees to 600 degrees for about 20 minutes. I was very surprised as the regen started when I was only doing about 35 mph.

There are loads of sensors that can be monitored but there's no oil temp readout for my car although there may be for some engines
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      03-31-2013, 06:49 AM   #6
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Has anyone used the 'engine link' app or similar on an iPhone with one of these Bluetooth OBD readers?
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      03-31-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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Has anyone used the 'engine link' app or similar on an iPhone with one of these Bluetooth OBD readers?
As far as I know bt scan readers do not work with BT obd readers (due to apple's silly restrictions). I may be wrong as this was discovered 18 months ago when I looked into this.
However you can buy wi-fi abled obd scanners and they should work with iphone applications.
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      03-31-2013, 09:53 AM   #8
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Has anyone used the 'engine link' app or similar on an iPhone with one of these Bluetooth OBD readers?
As far as I know bt scan readers do not work with BT obd readers (due to apple's silly restrictions). I may be wrong as this was discovered 18 months ago when I looked into this.
However you can buy wi-fi abled obd scanners and they should work with iphone applications.
Yeah I think your right, been looking at this app-

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/engine-link-obd-ii-vehicle/id591557194?mt=8

Reading it more carefully it does say to use a wi-fi OBD reader!
I'll just have to try and find a reasonable priced one now!
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      03-31-2013, 12:57 PM   #9
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Just thought this may be of interest to you....

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=817238
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IanS100 have just sent you a pm regarding your post,

Cheers

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      03-31-2013, 05:11 PM   #11
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IanS100 have just sent you a pm regarding your post,

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pm replied, cheers
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Just thought this may be of interest to you....

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=817238
That does look a good bit of kit!

How are you getting on with it?

Was looking at cheaper ones just to have a play around with!
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      03-31-2013, 06:21 PM   #13
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That does look a good bit of kit!

How are you getting on with it?

Was looking at cheaper ones just to have a play around with!
I'm very pleased with it, it's so easy to use, even my missus can get it going

Would be nice if it did oil temperature but BMW don't have senders in the sump on the 335d so it's not the iobd2's fault.

The beauty of this is, you can save profiles for different cars on your iPhone so you just plug and play from car to car
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I'm very pleased with it, it's so easy to use, even my missus can get it going

Would be nice if it did oil temperature but BMW don't have senders in the sump on the 335d so it's not the iobd2's fault.

The beauty of this is, you can save profiles for different cars on your iPhone so you just plug and play from car to car

Nice kit.
If you bought it just to look at coolant temperature, then that can be done via hidden menu on the speedometer.
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Nice kit.
If you bought it just to look at coolant temperature, then that can be done via hidden menu on the speedometer.
And to see any fault codes that might show up.

I'm aware that you can read the temp in the BC menu but after doing it once I found it to be a ball ache so iobd2 it is
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And to see any fault codes that might show up.

I'm aware that you can read the temp in the BC menu but after doing it once I found it to be a ball ache so iobd2 it is
and iobd2 is more convenient.
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and iobd2 is more convenient.
Sure is, popped it on my mates E46 330i, within 1 min it was up and running and showed a few old fault codes that he wanted clearing, bingo, cleared
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      04-10-2013, 08:19 AM   #18
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bought one of these but I cant get it to show any faults even though the car is showing a brake system failure on the dash, does anyone have any ideas as to what I may be doing wrong
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