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      11-17-2011, 11:06 PM   #1
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Which cable?

I have a 2008 328i e90
And I\'m wondering which cable I need...

Would this work? http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Diagnostic-Cable-car-coding-Software-/170725797130?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment
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      11-18-2011, 03:54 AM   #2
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Definitely not. Your car uses D-can, which this cable does NOT support.

Directly from their description:

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Important: This will work for BMW cars from 1991 to 2006/2007. This will not work on cars built frm 03/2007 and newer cars (from when BMW started using D-can for OBD communication)
I'd be wary anyway of this seller as their description also states to buy with confidence as they have 3300+ Positive rating, yet their user ID shows only 659 with a 98.6% rating.

Plus the fact that they are selling you a ton of proprietary BMW software for $40??? shitload of copyright voilation going on there - it's one thing to post links to free software downloads, quite another to actually sell pirated software.

Here is link (yet again) to the forum tested/approved appropriate cable:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-INPA-Edi...item2567eb0889

He does accept lower offers. You can 'cheap out' on the cable if you like - but many that do, come back in here and post with all kinds of problem questions once the inferior version of the cable doesn't work properly
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Thanks for the reply! I wasn't able to find the thread that had the right cable in it but thanks for posting the link.

It says estimated delivery December 7-20th? Does it really take that long for it to get here or not?

Thanks !
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Thanks for the reply! I wasn't able to find the thread that had the right cable in it but thanks for posting the link.

It says estimated delivery December 7-20th? Does it really take that long for it to get here or not?

Thanks !
Pretty much everyone buys from that seller, and delivery time varies. I got mine in exactly 2 weeks, I've heard of people getting it in 1.
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I received mine in about 2 weeks
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I see, thanks guys.. And idk if it's just me but I cannot find the "how to code" thread...

Where does the connector plug into? (as In where is the spot on the car)

I've searched and for some reason nothing's coming up...
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I see, thanks guys.. And idk if it's just me but I cannot find the "how to code" thread...

Where does the connector plug into? (as In where is the spot on the car)

I've searched and for some reason nothing's coming up...
Look down and to the left, driver side, near the lever for popping the hood. There's a cap thing. The big thread you're looking for with pretty much everything you need to know is "BMW Coding Success" and has like a bajillion views.
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Thanks a ton man! I'm surprised that thread isn't stickied!
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/250910661496...84.m1497.l2648

This is the one I ordered about a week ago. Judging from an earlier post it appears to be the same cable. Can someone comment on this please?

Thanks in advance!
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      11-19-2011, 01:41 AM   #11
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/250910661496...84.m1497.l2648

This is the one I ordered about a week ago. Judging from an earlier post it appears to be the same cable. Can someone comment on this please?

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Cool. Thanks!
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Cool. Thanks!
Did yours come with the adapter to make it worth with older k-line compatible cars?
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Did yours come with the adapter to make it worth with older k-line compatible cars?
Haven't gotten it yet. Says it comes with adapter though.
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Got my cable today, and yes it came with the adapter. Just happen to be off today too...guess I know what I'll be doing!
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I wish mine had the adaptor, argh, will have to make a switch
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www.bavariantechnic.com

I wouldn't trust the ones posted above that are coming from China. Save up the extra money and buy something that is proven to work by many users on this forum.

I just picked up a used one for $120 shipped from a member. Search around.
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www.bavariantechnic.com

I wouldn't trust the ones posted above that are coming from China. Save up the extra money and buy something that is proven to work by many users on this forum.

I just picked up a used one for $120 shipped from a member. Search around.
I don't want to be the bearer of bad news - but you can not do the type of coding as per the forum coding section with the BavTech cable.

Yes, I know it 'says' it does coding, but it doesn't work (as proven by many forum members) even BavTech admitted that it does not function for the type of coding we are doing.

So if you purchased it with the hopes of coding - you will be disappointed...


The proven/reliable K D CAN cable from THIS eBay link is the correct cable to use (eBay ID automotive-tool):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-INPA-Edi...item2567eb0889

Yes, it is made in China, but the owner of the company is German - has his production done in China and uses strict qual control & hi end components. He posted in the coding section several times to explain.

Myself & probably a hundred other members have been using his cable with no problems, on varying years of cars, for quite some time.
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^I was referring to mainly diagnostic purposes in regard to the BT Cable. If this subforum is for something totally different, my mistake.
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Yup totally different BT tool is great but simply cannot do what this subforum is about.

They keep "coding" on there because it can "code" but not in the way all enthusiasts define the term.
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Got my cable today, and yes it came with the adapter. Just happen to be off today too...guess I know what I'll be doing!
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