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      12-14-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Coding Cable - Great Deal

Saw this today when I searched for the cable online and seemed like a cheap alternative to the $100 cable

Does anyone know if this cable will work with a 2012 E92 335i?

http://www.buy.com/prod/new-bmw-inpa...245912265.html
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      12-14-2012, 05:56 PM   #2
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No it will not work
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      12-14-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
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No it will not work
Do you mind explaining why? I have been comparing cables online and the description is very similar between numerous cables on different sites

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The problem is this: some cables use an FTDI brand USB to UART chip internally, but that chip is more expensive than some other less reliable alternatives. So if you're looking at a $10 or $12 cable, it's very likely to give you trouble.

That said, rich is probably just wrong - it looks ALMOST identical to my cable which does work (and which I paid $50 for, not $100). The real question is, are you willing to gamble $25 to find out? I'd give it 75% chance that it works alright, 25% chance that you get super angry at it and annoyed until you give up and spend $50 on a different cable which works right away
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      12-15-2012, 10:39 AM   #5
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The problem is this: some cables use an FTDI brand USB to UART chip internally, but that chip is more expensive than some other less reliable alternatives. So if you're looking at a $10 or $12 cable, it's very likely to give you trouble.

That said, rich is probably just wrong - it looks ALMOST identical to my cable which does work (and which I paid $50 for, not $100). The real question is, are you willing to gamble $25 to find out? I'd give it 75% chance that it works alright, 25% chance that you get super angry at it and annoyed until you give up and spend $50 on a different cable which works right away
Actually I am right. According to the seller it works from 98-2008. Looks don't mean anything it all depends on what's inside
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Actually I am right. According to the seller it works from 98-2008. Looks don't mean anything it all depends on what's inside
It says

"E90- E91- E92- E93 since 04- 2007--2012"

Which I took mean April 2007-2012.

Am i wrong?
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It says

"E90- E91- E92- E93 since 04- 2007--2012"

Which I took mean April 2007-2012.

Am i wrong?
Yes,
"This Interface USB OBD2 for BMW - INPA/Ediabas - K+DCAN allows full diagnostic of BMW from 1998 to 2008 (all functiosn as in OMNITEC interface). Build in 2 lines K and D-Can magistral."
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It clearly says both, meaning like I said it's a gamble. Being an electrical engineer, I know exactly what's inside. I've designed it before.
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The problem is this: some cables use an FTDI brand USB to UART chip internally, but that chip is more expensive than some other less reliable alternatives. So if you're looking at a $10 or $12 cable, it's very likely to give you trouble.

That said, rich is probably just wrong - it looks ALMOST identical to my cable which does work (and which I paid $50 for, not $100). The real question is, are you willing to gamble $25 to find out? I'd give it 75% chance that it works alright, 25% chance that you get super angry at it and annoyed until you give up and spend $50 on a different cable which works right away
Like you said, I gambled the $25, except I never expected the cable to be faulty. I spent 10 or so hours downloading and installing the software three times over from different sources, and i attempted to connect to my car roughly five or six times.
Alas, the $25 cable wasted a lot of my time

Where is this wonderful $50 cable you speak of?!
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I thought you needed the newer ENET cable to work wiht anything from 2012 onwards and you cant use INPA or NCS?
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