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      03-06-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Best DIYer Code Reader: Launch Creader VI, Innova 3100, Peake Research?

I own an 06 e90 330i with ~51k miles and plan on keeping it for 10 more years. I am a DIYer (see sig of what I have done) and would like to have code reading capabilities (advance auto parts loans a reader free but i'd like the convenience at my home). I also have another non-BMW and would love a multi-vehicle reader if possible:

Question 1: What is the best code reader for someone in my situation?

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1. Launch Creader VI (sold by BavAuto.com)
http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=301050074

2. Peake Research (only for BMW's)
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-40...2001-2006.aspx

3. Innova 3100 (cheapest)
http://www.amazon.com/INNOVA-3100-OB.../dp/B000EVWDAK

Question 2: What value is there in reading "BMW specific" codes, and do any of these scanners do that? I cannot find information about this specifically.

I cannot state specifically why I need one of these, just that I will likely in the next 10 or so years. What advice do people have, specifically those who have these or other models?
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I've seen some people recommend the Actron/OBD II from AutoZone:

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...ier=98816_0_0_
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I've seen some people recommend the Actron/OBD II from AutoZone:

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...ier=98816_0_0_
Thanks for the feedback. This seems to be a pretty basic, barebones scanner that only gives OBDII codes. Is that all people are using around here?

What does the Peake Research do for people that this model doesn't (considering it only works for BMW's)?
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All that is rediciously expensive

I use a USB to laptop one..works great

http://www.amazon.com/ScanTool-42580...words=usb+odb2
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All that is rediciously expensive

I use a USB to laptop one..works great

http://www.amazon.com/ScanTool-42580...words=usb+odb2
What software do you use with this cable? Thank you Sorry for barging in OP
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What software do you use with this cable? Thank you Sorry for barging in OP
Software comes with it.. im sure there are others to use.. but this one works great.. i was able to diagnose my cousins 328, showed all his issues like o2 sensors, themostat and other crap that was wrong with it.. you can also do data logging and it will show temperatures for you as well while driving it, idling.. w.e it clears them too.

Overall for the price its a great tool



stay safe out there OP
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What software do you use with this cable? Thank you Sorry for barging in OP
Comes with a disc that contains INPA, the thing that they used at the dealership before the newest and greatest version. Still works fine.
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I hate to keep bringing it up, but does this cable detect/show the "BMW" codes? Anyone have a specific answer as to the usefulness of these codes and what, if any, reader picks them up? I haven't gotten/found a straight answer on this yet.
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The issue with most generic OBD II readers is that they only read the generic OBD II codes and not the extended codes that all most manufacturers implement. Because of that, you only get the standard codes, emissions stuff etc and the numbers don't correlate to the BMW code numbers, just the generic numbers so you have to cross reference and may not be able to read a lot of the codes.

Best bang for the buck in my book is the bavarian technic cable for a bit more money - reads all BMW codes with explanations, can reset adaptations and do a lot more than a simple code reader, well worth the extra $100-$150 over the choices above.

The other option is to get a $50 OBDII cable from china and a copy of the BMW INPA software off the internet and it will read codes and reset adaptations etc, you just have to figure out how to get it and use it - good info in the coding forum here or at b m w c o d i n g dot com

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I hate to keep bringing it up, but does this cable detect/show the "BMW" codes? Anyone have a specific answer as to the usefulness of these codes and what, if any, reader picks them up? I haven't gotten/found a straight answer on this yet.
The cable and software does all that, yes. It is very useful. It is also difficult to use. the Bavarian Technik device does the same and is easier to use (but more $$$).
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Thanks for the replies.

I am still interested in hearing from people who have or have used the above scanners/readers. Anyone out there?
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Anybody used the procedure described at this link. Isn't this good enough ?
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Anybody used the procedure described at this link. Isn't this good enough ?
That does look very interesting. In the body of the first section though, it says it is not a full diagnostic. I wonder how limited this process is compared to this "full diagnostic" referenced.

Thanks for sending this link.
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Has anyone had success with the bc stalk as a diagnostic? I tried it but couldn't get anywhere. I'm assuming that means I have no faults but it wouldn't even give me a blank screen as all I saw was the "check ok" screen.

Anyone else have feedback on code readers?
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search in chinasinoy.com which is a good web for obd2
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I can't answer Question 1 as I have no experience with any of those readers (well expect the Peake tool fro older BMWs with the round connector under the hood). I have the BT Scan tool professional.

Regarding Question 2. You should get a code reader that reads BMW manufacturer codes (it will also read the OBDII codes, but just in BMW code nomenclature - which are cross referenced in the Bentley service manual).

The perfect example of importance of this is with the water pump. The water pump when it starts to go bad will intermittently start to slow down. BMW built into the diagnostics system BMW-specific codes that indicate slow pump speeds. It logs at what mileage and the deviation of the pump RPM. When you find these codes, you then know the pump is going bad and can preemptively replace it before it totally fails. Since the slow speed happens for short periods the car at first will not overheat. Since BMW was bright enough NOT to include a water temperature gauge in the E9X there is no way to find out when the pump starts to slow down and the engine rise in temperature.

The BT scan tool reads all the modules in the car and all the fault codes in each module, which an OBDII reader can't, such as automatic transmission trouble codes. OBDII readers are just for the emissions control system only and OBDII is a US Government-mandated standard diagnostics tool set that all major manufacturers who sell cars in the US must adhere to (in case you didn't know).

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Check out the BMS CAN tool http://burgertuning.com/CAN_reader_tool_for_BMW.html

I got one used on this forumn for 70$. Reads and deletes codes perfectly.
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Check out the BMS CAN tool http://burgertuning.com/CAN_reader_tool_for_BMW.html

I got one used on this forumn for 70$. Reads and deletes codes perfectly.
It states that it is for 08+ turbo 3 series but I have an 06 330i. Seems like it wouldn't be compatible with mine.

The BT tool is the most alluring but at almost $300, it's very expensive. Food for thought though.
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It states that it is for 08+ turbo 3 series but I have an 06 330i. Seems like it wouldn't be compatible with mine.

The BT tool is the most alluring but at almost $300, it's very expensive. Food for thought though.
Whoops! Sorry. Yeah I think a K+DCAN cable like the one linked from amazon with software would work fine for you then.
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I can confirm that the Innova 3130 (which is supposedly higher model than the 3100) could NOT connect to my car. Couldn't read any ABS codes (I've got a light on).

When I called them, they said their pro line could only connect (which is like a $500 reader), and I'd have to pay $200 on top of that for a BMW specific software update too.
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