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Old 03-15-2016, 09:02 AM
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Default Beginner help please - which cable/software?


I've found this forum from googling about BMW diagnostics. I'm out of my depth and need some very basic help please.

I have a Feb 2001 318i E46. I'm starting to get an occasional issue accelerating away from a 50MPH speed restriction back up to 70, especially when going up hill. Feels like a misfire or something, heavy vibration.

Anyway, I broke out my Bluetooth ODB II that I had from a previous car. Initially it wouldn't physically fit into the ODB port under the steering wheel, this is until I removed the cover to allow the port to hang down.

Then I tried several bits of Android software to read the codes. not much luck. So then I start researching BMW OBD and get totally overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting data. 20pin to 16pin, KK lines INPA.

So, what I would like to ask you kind people is, what do I need? I have a Windows 10 laptop and I am looking at USB OBD cables. Are these all the same? Then which software do I need? I only want to read codes and possible reset the CEL if needed. I don't need to reprogram the ECU or anything fancy.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 03-17-2016, 06:41 PM
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Same here,i bought a cable and having hard time installing the program.Its a E65 and cable i got K+DCAN inpa compatible,i dont mean to jack your post i hope someone else would chime in.Thanks!
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