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Pop-o-matic
11-21-2012, 06:01 PM
I owned my 328is for 10 years now and I'm tired of "guessing" everything.
So, I want the best tool to read the basic fault codes.
I know I'll need the 20pin adapter for sure but is there consensus on what is
the tested and true reader that most ppl use?

Thanks

sgolas_e46
11-21-2012, 07:03 PM
I was thinking of getting the smart phone wifi obd2 reader . Connects wirelessly to any smartphone and runs on a app that reads codes , re sets them and a bunch of other options its actually very neat, you can find them online from 40-80$ just gona research it a bit before I buy

Axxe
11-22-2012, 11:52 AM
I have the Peake scanner, its simple and works great.

ScotcH
11-22-2012, 11:58 AM
The base OBD2 readers only read the common codes. Many can't read the full BMW codes. If you can afford to spend the time to learn how to setup and use it, the BMW GT1 software for a PC is best (or the newer variants). Get the cable and 20pin adapter online for like $40, and "find" the software elsewhere.

If you just want to scan and reset basic codes, the Peake reader is really the way to go.

Pop-o-matic
11-26-2012, 06:32 PM
Thanks Arek I like to tinker so I'll give a try to that GT1 software.

ScotcH
11-26-2012, 10:58 PM
Thanks Arek I like to tinker so I'll give a try to that GT1 software.

Didn't see you're local! I can help with setup of the software if you run into issues.

Pop-o-matic
11-27-2012, 01:06 AM
Great! Thanks. It's funny, it easier to reach you through Maxbimmer than
through 8 Legs...

ScotcH
11-27-2012, 09:22 AM
Great! Thanks. It's funny, it easier to reach you through Maxbimmer than
through 8 Legs...

Lol ... did you email, or what? Maybe a technical glitch ... I'm usually pretty good at answering asap!