OBD code reader

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  1. ozzytheblackcat
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    Just wondering if its worth getting a code reader to find ant hidden stuff that's been deactivated or just need activating.
    So which is best I have an old one obd2 Bluetooth scanner which I used in my TT not sure if it would work as it just did fault codes and not what I want it to do.
    Have down loaded bimmercode from the amazon play store so really just need advice on which is best and are they worth it?
    Ill be using to set up advance Bluetooth tooth and another little add ons that I can do.
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    I’ve never ventured down this road, only ever used code readers rather than actually programming the car. There are a few people on here that have and do this, hopefully they will add to the thread.
     
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    Thanks Wayne yeah never been down this route either other than fault codes, but seen a few clips on you tube and looks fairly straightforward if u got decent obd and bimmercode. But will take advice off here before I start meddling in the dark arts.:yikes:
     

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    again something that l have never done so cant give any sound up to date information. but l have heard people that use and swear by Carly plug in used in conjunction with an app but l have no real world experience with it

    l did buy an OBD scanner many moons ago but l only plugged it in once and then gave it away when l sold the car :rofll::rofll:
     
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    Lol yeah its one of them really buy one use it once then it stays in the draw :thumleft: but I would like to dabble. Enhanced Bluetooth and voice control maybe :scratchchin:
     
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    l think @bmwzoom dabbles with coding so now he is tagged he may see this thread and step in
     
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    I haven't used carly or Bimmercode before but can understand their benefits.

    I've done a fair bit of coding and flashing, tools of choice are Ista and Esys running on a laptop. All freely available, obviously you need a laptop and you'd also need an enet cable too. With that there's no need for carly or Bimmercode.

    Ista is for diagnostics including service and has saved me hundreds of what BMW would have charged. Esys is for coding, retrofits and flashing.
     
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    Cheers bishbosh the type im looking at uses bimmercode and smart phone, dont have a lap top but suppose I could snaffle the better halfs ipad.
     
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    I have an F36 420D and would like a code reader for any repairs. Any suggestions?
    I have a laptop or two, but need a steer if going that way...What Op systems, (win XP, wIN7, wIN 10) inpa and cable etc. An idiots guide would be useful.

    Carly any good, or lots of extra costs? Had an i Carsoft for the 3 series, but couldn't update it, support awful and of couse, it won't read the 4 series!!
    Sigh.
     
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    I've got Bimmercode and Bimmerlink, i use a VeePeak bluetooth adaptor to connect them to my ipad and iphone. I've only dabbled with them at the moment, but they seem easy enough to use. Bimmercode has an expert mode, and a basic mode, i haven't tried expert as i think you really need to know what you are doing and i don't :rofll: so i will continue with basic mode for now.

    I've only done a few things at the moment, changed the brightness of the DRL's, added digital speedo reading to the trip computer, brightened the ambient lighting in the car, and i think that was it so far.
     

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