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Old 09-14-2018, 09:26 AM
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BimmerGeeks OBD Tool the way to go?

So is this considered the best diagnostic tool available for home use now?

https://www.bimmergeeksprotool.com/
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:53 PM
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I have their cable (works very well) and have been waiting for this app for a while.


I'm disappointed in the app (for now) and here's why:

I have ISTA, INPA, OBD Fusion (Paid), and Carly w/Carly OBD reader.

ISTA - complicated/detailed work
INPA - quick and dirty work
Carly - reliable, but overly complicated UX when mobile (away from home)
OBD - quick and easy when mobile and/or don't want to get the laptop out

  1. Just normal everyday monitoring while driving, I like OBD as it's quick, easy, and provides all the live data I like to see. I can open it up and in seconds be looking at meaningful numbers. As soon as I used BimmerGeeks app, OBD would no longer connect. Restarted the phone, re-paired the bluetooth adapter, uninstalled BimmerGeeks, then finally ended up having to re-install OBD. Grrr. Carly had no issues.
  2. While I completely understand the cost of app dev, all you can do is look at menus with BimmerGeeks without paying for a license. You can't actually see what 'live data' is available or get an idea of how the other functions work unless you watch a YouTube demo (not gonna do it).
  3. There's no 'Exit' or 'Close' or 'Disconnect' button. At least that I saw anywhere.
  4. As far as I could tell, you must use BimmerGeeks OBD adapter, which is extra $$ if you want wireless. I used their cable connected to my phone.
In case anyone cares - Android Nougat (7.0), Sony Xperia. I will end up getting a license and maybe the OBD adapter, just not sure when yet.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:54 PM
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Thanks for the feedback..
But confused as ever..

Looking for a tool to diagnose issues..
And do some coding..
That doesn't break the bank..

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Old 09-18-2018, 03:56 PM
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Do you have a spare laptop or would you want to get one for cheap? This looks to be great for the price, and he'll send you an FSC code and a link to update your maps to 2018-1 for the CIC (you need a couple USB sticks to complete the transfer of map data)



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Thanks for the feedback..
But confused as ever..

Looking for a tool to diagnose issues..
And do some coding..
That doesn't break the bank..

Summary of what I think of BimmerGeeks is basically their app is too new (to many bugs) and too costly to go for it. But, they'll improve quickly I imagine so I'll be watching to see when the right time to buy would be.
Carly is decent enough for simply coding. Beyond that some of the free/downloadable software (NCS expert, etc) would be great, if you are comfortable going that route/have the skills to set it up.
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I find it annoying that you have to use their Bluetooth adapter for it. Meanwhile my konnwei obd2 bt adapter works fine with an older version of Carly. For monitoring, I like torque pro with custom pids.
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...This looks to be great for the price, and he'll send you an FSC code...

Snagged one, thanks for the tip!




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Thanks for the feedback..
But confused as ever..

Looking for a tool to diagnose issues..
And do some coding..
That doesn't break the bank..


The BG cable is great. Get that and then play around with the different software to decide what you like. I own Carly and never use it. I like ISTA+ for scanning and NCS for coding. In the past these needed a separate laptop but that is no longer the case as they all seem to support W10 X64 now.

https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1227470
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