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Old 03-02-2005, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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^^ are these fault code readers worth the $?
any experiance with them?
im considering buying one to keep track of any potential problems with my 325is
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Old 03-03-2005, 12:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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^^ are these fault code readers worth the $?
any experiance with them?
im considering buying one to keep track of any potential problems with my 325is
anybody have any advice??
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I have one. The only time I've used it so far is to reset the service light. Course, that's a good thing, means my "check engine light" hasn't come on. If you want to read your own codes instead of taking it somewhere, good tool to have. They are made by Peake and you can probably find them cheaper on Ebay.
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I bought a code reader from Peake and it's well worth the money. If it saves you one trip to the dealer, you've gotten your money's worth. For example, recently my 318ic stuttered like it was running out of gas. The problem quickly went away. A few weeks later it did it again. The code reader told me it was the fuel injection temperature sensor, something I would've never suspected. I replaced it for $12 and now the car runs better and is getting better gas mileage. I've no doubt that would've been a $200 bill at the dealership.

Plus, I do most of my own oil changes and it's nice to reset those annoying inspection lights.

I'd say buy it and if you don't use it, sell it to another Bimmer driver.






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^^ are these fault code readers worth the $?
any experiance with them?
im considering buying one to keep track of any potential problems with my 325is
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if you got an obd-ii car, go to you local car parts shop (Advance auto parts, Autozone, pep boys) and pic up an obd-II reader for around 70 bucks I think
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if you got an obd-ii car, go to you local car parts shop (Advance auto parts, Autozone, pep boys) and pic up an obd-II reader for around 70 bucks I think
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Better yet, if you live nearby one of the above mentioned parts place, then just take the car to them, they will scan & reset the light. FREE.

If there is no parts place close by where you live, then just buying one around $70 is probably the right way to go.
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I bought the bavarian auto code reader. Use it once every couple weeks for general maintenance. For example, I'm having problems with my air filter now... gas mileage was hurtin. For a $20 part, it would have cost me $95 for the diagnostic from a dealer. I also used it to replace my camshaft intake position sensor... save $150 worth of labor. These things pay for themselves the first time you use it.
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I bought the bavarian auto code reader. Use it once every couple weeks for general maintenance. For example, I'm having problems with my air filter now... gas mileage was hurtin.
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Hootie,
Why would you need to use the "code reader" once every couple of weeks?
You need to use it only if your CEL is on, right? Your CEL comes on every
couple of weeks? Just trying to understand....

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