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Old 09-27-2014, 02:31 AM
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Best Diagnostics and Coding tool

Hi all, some advice please; (Vehicle is a 2008 X5 3.0D 7 seater)
  • Which is the best diagnostics and coding tool? I have heard the names INPA and GT1. Do these need a laptop? Is here a handheld unit available that can do diagnostics, coding, programming, etc. Something that can be carried in the vehicle without the need to take along a Laptop? (Any advice on this subject will be appreciated) I have a Carsoft 6.5, but it does not handle the E70 - is there upgraded software for Carsoft?
  • I see that Bentley have still not released a workshop/ repair manual for the E70. Is there any other manuals/ resources that you guys are aware of or using.
  • My vehicle seems to sag/ low at the rear, but it is level and does not increase height when driving. I know that the battery was disconnected and that the vehicle is in "Transport Mode" (used a handheld scanner). From what I have read, the transport mode actually should raise the vehicle. Thoughts?
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:56 AM
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Hi bud, good to know I'm not the only South African stalking this forum. Not sure if you noticed in my earlier post that I mentioned a product by invini, its called BMWhat. They do an iPhone and android app which is simple and intuitive. It does a lot of what the "official software" does but not everything. That being said, it will cover the majority of your needs I'm certain of it, including most coding requirements and all diagnostics which is very well explained in English! They are even busy expanding the app to include service interval reset for the DIY guys (that's all of us) as well as a battery registration button so we can change our own batteries without having to spend unnecessary money getting a dealer to register it for you. I know the PC software does all of this but it's a ball-ache to install and get working correctly...and not always easily understood. It's free to test ( lite version) and at roughly R600 it's hardly expensive when compared to the time you'll spend setting up the computer based stuff. Most Bluetooth dongles will interface perfectly well between the app and your phone (even if the app provider would have you buy his) and it's as simple as pairing car to phone. It saved me R42000.00 earlier this year when my local dealer quoted me to replace a damaged transfer case!!! I tried the free version and it returned an error of "no communication" with the transfer case control module. I was lucky enough to know a guy who loaned me an ATC700 control module which I switched out for mine and sure enough the communication was restored and my very expensive repair quote from BMW was thrown in the bin. I'm a believer!
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:12 AM
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As for your vehicle dragging ass...your rear air springs are shot. You can get replacements from an importer in Durban, I'll get their details for you in the morning. Easy fix and actually a "fun" first project to tackle if you have an hour to spare and a few simple garage tools like a jack and sturdy tripods. Have a look on Arnotts.Com for a video on how to do it. It cost me R4800 for both springs. It only gets expensive if your compressor motor has seized from continual operation as a result of a badly torn airspring. Holding thumbs that's not the case. If you do find yourself in that position then at least you know the same crowd who import the springs also import the compressors at a reasonable price...I'd first attempt a rebuild if it was mine though because there isn't much to them. Bearing man will likely have everything you need to get it going again.
The workshop manual unfortunately doesn't exist and I go online when I need pages from the service manual...frustrating but it gets the job done.

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Howzit bru!!
Nice to have a fellow South African on the forum. And a DIYer as well.
I am in the Richards Bay area, where are you from?

Ok, the software. I actually had a BT adapter (from a previous life) and tried the sotware last night, looks good for fault codes, but not sure about coding and programming. Do you know what the difference is between the lite version and the Paid-up version? which are you using?
I actually thinking about getting the GT1 or the INPA, these seem to be the "big names" in diagnostic tools. (I have Carsoft, but it does not cover the E70)

Ok, that ass. I have seen a couple of diy for them, seems easy enough. R4.8k is not exactly cheap. But please send me their details. I want to do a proper diagnosis, because both sides are exactly the same level. DOnt believe both springs would fail at the same time. Could be the Compressor itself.

I will PM you for the details.

thanks again for reaching out
take care bru
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