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      02-11-2010, 06:00 AM   #1
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OBD scanner?need suggestions...

Hi! I am a z4 owner and a BMW fanatic....
I have also old bmws that don't need much electronic equipment to fix them....
but now I have a e89 z4 and I'd like to know :
1 have you got a obd scanner, in order to read and reset fault codes ?
2 which brand Do you suggest?
3 with newer cars ,are there particular features I have to look at for those scanners?
4 do you think I really need it?(In Italy they asked me 65 euros for diagnosis and reset a random fault code...)

Thank you so much!
Francesco from north Italy


PS: I asked this info here because you helped me more than people on z4 forums...
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      02-13-2010, 02:16 AM   #2
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anyone?
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      02-13-2010, 09:35 AM   #3
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I don't have any experience with Bavarian Technic but that's the one I'm looking at.
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I have both a universal OBDII scanner and the BT BMW-specific scanner. The BT scanner even in the enthusiast version is quite expensive, but it gives you the ability to scan all the control modules in the car. An OBDII scanner only provides scanning of the emissions related control units.

I have found that either of the scanners will give you trouble codes (most of the BMW codes translate into OBDII codes) but the information needed to affect a repair is somewhat lacking. Some code readers, including the BT scanner have Wiki pages with real world information regarding what repairs the codes represent. Most scanners Iíve used do not come with detailed documentation or instructions on how to use them and get the most out of their capabilities.

Iíve used the BT scanner a few times since I got mine a few months ago. It works well and gives quite a bit of information and works on most BMW models back to 1996.

I would say if you are seriously into repairing your own car, the BT scanner is the way to go. If you are just looking for a way to clear fault codes related to emissions, get a cheap $60 OBDII scanner from Sears or an auto parts store.
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Thank you guys...
I asked for a generic OBD reader , not only for stuff like BT scanner.....but You helped me a lot....I prefer to save money for that good stuff...
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