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Old 05-08-2019, 01:06 PM
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obd2 scanner/programmer

hi all first post,
just purchased my first bmw,

had the car 1 week and the propshaft sheared and took the sump with it
lucky me.
luckily it was covered under the warranty i got.

car is a e53 3.0d 2004

im having a little problem in reading from the obd2
ive had a search through the forum and google.


i have checked the fuses, all are fine
its a 2004 so it doesn't have the 20 pin connector under the hood
the obd port has power to it.
ive tried different scanners (3 different ones) none of them would connect.

do i have to have a special scanner/programmer to connect to it just to read codes?

what would people recommend?
is there a program that i can use to have a play with things in the modules?



many thanks
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Old 05-08-2019, 03:06 PM
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After a ton of research I bought the foxwell nt510 and happy with it. I'd buy the 520 now it's got a different type of keypad and I hope better display


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Old 05-08-2019, 07:37 PM
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If you're just getting power and your reader is saying stuff like not supported or not connected, etc. then you could have a bad block (OBD2) like I had. Cracked block or broken wire. I just swapped my block for one from a junked 5.

As for the scanner Foxwell NT-510 or NT-520 is the best all in one and easy to use, although slow going through everything and unless you're trying to get your X5 running while staying ahead of a rampaging mob you should be taking your time to do it right the 1st time (not like I did)

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If you're just getting power and your reader is saying stuff like not supported or not connected, etc. then you could have a bad block (OBD2) like I had. Cracked block or broken wire. I just swapped my block for one from a junked 5.

As for the scanner Foxwell NT-510 or NT-520 is the best all in one and easy to use, although slow going through everything and unless you're trying to get your X5 running while staying ahead of a rampaging mob you should be taking your time to do it right the 1st time (not like I did)

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When you say bad block do you mean that the OBD2 port is naffed?
Are they an easy replacement? Or is there a physical unit that needs to be replaced?
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Yeah the actual block that makes up the OBD2 under the dash. I wouldn't say it was hard, only that it was a pain in the ass to re-pin as mine was cracked and when I plugged in it let some pins go free range.

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Old 05-09-2019, 05:25 AM
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Yeah the actual block that makes up the OBD2 under the dash. I wouldn't say it was hard, only that it was a pain in the ass to re-pin as mine was cracked and when I plugged in it let some pins go free range.

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Not a common problem though...
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hi all first post,
just purchased my first bmw,

had the car 1 week and the propshaft sheared and took the sump with it
lucky me.
luckily it was covered under the warranty i got.

car is a e53 3.0d 2004

im having a little problem in reading from the obd2
ive had a search through the forum and google.


i have checked the fuses, all are fine
its a 2004 so it doesn't have the 20 pin connector under the hood
the obd port has power to it.
ive tried different scanners (3 different ones) none of them would connect.

do i have to have a special scanner/programmer to connect to it just to read codes?

what would people recommend?
is there a program that i can use to have a play with things in the modules?



many thanks
Welcome to a fellow oil-burner!

The Foxwell NT5xx units mentioned here sound pretty good but I've only used the BMW software tools - INPA, DIS etc. - and they have done everything I've needed in four years of ownership, performing regular maint. etc.

I also have a small BT ODBII "dongle" and ODB-Fusion on my Android smart phone but it does nothing on the BMW specific stuff - just the very basic ODBII items - not any real use for proper diagnostics - I only have it for "on the road" emergencies.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:45 AM
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I use Torque Pro on my head unit and the Foxwell is great since it's small and I keep it in the X, so no laptop needed.

As for the OBD2 block problem I had I have to agree with you as I think I'm the only one in the world that had that happen to...

I'm just lucky that way

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