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Old 09-29-2011, 08:58 PM
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Looking to buy a diagnostic scanner, any suggestions

Hello everyone,

I'm looking to buy my own diagnostic scanner for my 2002 4.4 X5 and any personal experience that anyone would like to pass on would be greatly appriciated.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:47 PM
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Do you happen to have an Android phone? The Torque application works really well. I use it with a bluetooth OBDII reader on my '02 X5 and other cars, works great. Can pull codes and clear them plus a whole lot more functionality. The application gets updated regularly.
Good luck whatever you get.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:55 AM
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Do you happen to have an Android phone? The Torque application works really well. I use it with a bluetooth OBDII reader on my '02 X5 and other cars, works great. Can pull codes and clear them plus a whole lot more functionality. The application gets updated regularly.
Good luck whatever you get.
Without Hijaacking the thread, can you let us know what Bluetooth ODBII adapter you use, or is any ODBII Bluetooth adapters fine?

i was actually going to write my own program for an Android Tablet, but the app you mentioned looks cool..

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Old 09-30-2011, 01:11 AM
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Also, iPhone has Rev, although WiFi adapter costs little more, It's still is a good choice.
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:14 AM
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i recently bought the peake code reader from ecs shipped think it was $157, $139 with free shipping, i needed it fast. Wish i would have bought it 2 years ago. Without going thru the whole story with bmw dealership it has already saved me a lot of money.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:41 AM
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i recently bought the peake code reader from ecs shipped think it was $157, $139 with free shipping, i needed it fast. Wish i would have bought it 2 years ago. Without going thru the whole story with bmw dealership it has already saved me a lot of money.

I too have a Peake tool. It's specifically for BMW. That's my recommendation.
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I also use the tourqe with Android, and just a super cheap reader (20$) form here:

OBDII Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Cable - Black + Blue + Orange (DC 12V) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme

the tourqe software is very good I think and more info here:

Torque — OBD2 Performance and Diagnostics for your Vehicle
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I highly suggest a Peak reader for all BMW applications. Manufactured specifically for BMWs, Peake scan/reset tools make servicing your BMW cheaper and easier than ever. The tool easily connects to your diagnostic port in the engine bay and allows you to read any codes for a check engine light as well reset your oil service and inspection light with the push of a button. This tool is a must for the first time do-it-yourself mechanic and to complete any tool box.

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Without Hijaacking the thread, can you let us know what Bluetooth ODBII adapter you use, or is any ODBII Bluetooth adapters fine?

i was actually going to write my own program for an Android Tablet, but the app you mentioned looks cool..

Thanks,
Rob
My apologies... I completely overlooked your question. I use a PLX Kiwi BT adapter that I got from Amazon. Works flawlessly every time and updates/refreshes data very fast, which some of the cheaper ELM-based adapters can't do.
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Peake: Had it for 6 years and it has saved me the purchase cost many times over.
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