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    OBD Diagnostic tool recommendations

    Today was the first day driving after winter storage and after about 30 minutes i had 3 indicator lights pop up: Brake, ABS and Dynamic Stability Control. My initial thought is it might be one of the ABS Wheel Speed Sensors but I would like to purchase an OBD diagnostic tool to hopefully handle it as a DIY. Dealer one time cost is $170 so it will definitely pay for itself. I've seen a couple (i CarSoft BMII and BMW C110). Any thoughts or recommendations for one that is easy to use, covers most or all systems on a 2008 E85 and is reasonably priced?

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    Post BMW Diagnostic Scan Tools

    Well then, here are some options,
    concerning diagnostic tools,

    For a good BMW scan tool, I feel you have 3 options:

    • Foxwell nt530:https://www.foxwelltool.com/wholesal...0-updated.html
    • Carly for BMW:http://www.mycarly.com/product/bmw-app/
    • INPA software for BMW: Do a search on bimmerforums

      I recommended them in no specific order,
      as selection is based more on preference.

      INPA is an excellent diagnostic tool,
      but is a proprietary BMW factory tool.
      So all available copies are technically bootleg versions.
      This requires a copy of the INPA software downloaded into a laptop computer,
      along with the correct cables for your particular model of BMW.
      I recommend this only for computer geeks, or the mostly computer savvy among us.

      For an affordable standalone unit, Foxwell nt510(nt530 Updated version) is the preferred unit, along with required cables.
      It can scan for BMW codes, among other things, as it can communicate with all BMW modules.

      Carly for BMW is an APP,
      and as such, requires a smartphone,
      along with a connection to the OBD2 port in your vehicle,
      supplied either by cable or wireless connection via Bluetooth dongle


    Update: Now the Carly BMW app is $64/year on a recurring subscription
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    Which ones (Schwaben, Creator 310 or other) will "activate" the ABS system so i can bleed the brakes and ABS system as a DIY?

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    hello,do you have any experience about NT520? I heard nt520 is the upgrade version of NT510,little instest.

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    I use a Autophix ES910 for around $100. It is a dedicated BMW scanner and it works great on my 2004 Z4 roadster

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    Went to buy Carly, but the annual subscription they now have killed it for me. That will be more expensive in the long run than a one time purchase.

    I ended up with the Foxwell NT510. It's a good unit, but will not do any coding on Z4's, despite some info on their website that seems to say that it does. My understanding is that the NT520 is the same unit, just with upgraded hardware inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LivingZLife View Post
    Which ones (Schwaben, Creator 310 or other) will "activate" the ABS system so I can bleed the brakes and ABS system as a DIY?
    I have the Schwaben and have used it to activate ABS on a multitude of bimmers, can't speak for the other handheld units.
    I also have INPA (and the rest of the computer-based programs) and they, of course, will do it as well.

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    Looks like the Schwaben is made by Foxwell. A NT510 or NT520 with Schwaben branding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gpraceman View Post
    Looks like the Schwaben is made by Foxwell. A NT510 or NT520 with Schwaben branding?
    That is correct.

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    I got hold of Carly just before they changed to the subscription model.... I like it for the ease of coding and diagnosing, but the reporting isn't always consistent

    I used Carsoft 6.5 with my old E36 but couldn't get it to do anything useful with the E85

    I tripped the airbag light as I was doing some wiring stuff. After trying 3 years ago and giving up, I finally got INPA to work on my spare laptop and cleared the error, since while Carly would detect the error it wouldn't clear the light. INPA isn't the easiest to set up, but seems very good.

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    Brake, ABS and Dynamic Stability Control. How did you fix this.

    Quote Originally Posted by LivingZLife View Post
    Today was the first day driving after winter storage and after about 30 minutes i had 3 indicator lights pop up: Brake, ABS and Dynamic Stability Control. My initial thought is it might be one of the ABS Wheel Speed Sensors but I would like to purchase an OBD diagnostic tool to hopefully handle it as a DIY. Dealer one time cost is $170 so it will definitely pay for itself. I've seen a couple (i CarSoft BMII and BMW C110). Any thoughts or recommendations for one that is easy to use, covers most or all systems on a 2008 E85 and is reasonably priced?
    I'm having the same issue and am interested on what the issue was that was identified by the scanner?

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    robouma, I am sure that if you checked your x5 with a scanner, you will have completely different error codes. Now let's go back to the author of the topic. As I understand it, you need a high-quality diagnostic tool for a good price? I also somehow encountered this problem and to solve it I had to spend a huge amount of time. Currently, there are a huge variety of diagnostic tools on the market, but only a few of them are really high quality. On the advice of my mechanic friend, I purchased a diagnostic tool from Thinkdiag and did not regret it. I am sure that if you get the same one, you will definitely like it!
    Last edited by Xantinan; 01-11-2021 at 11:13 AM.

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