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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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If you have a laptop, go to the diagnostic software section of Bimmerforums.com and have a read. No matter what anyone tells you, you need an ADS interface to communicate fully with an E36 - you will find links to software and plenty of information on what program to install and can get an interface that will work with your car for between $80 and $140.
I purchased an inexpensive adapter from eBay called INPA K+CAN K+DCAN adapter (the silver braided cord one in the pic below) and a 20 pin to OBDII adapter as well as another general OBDII usb adapter. Now, that said, so far I cannot for the life of me locate any software I at one time know I had for BMW interface. My question is multifaceted but probably can be answered easily;
Are any of these compatible for my 98' E36 M3 3.2l S52 (US)? I have the OBDII connector under the steering wheel and obviously the 20 pin under the hood.
This is my 3rd E36 BMW to rebuild and so far all drivability issues I solved with my 16 years experience in the automotive service industry as a mechanic and service advisor. So I have gotten away with not needing access to data until now.
I've searched for a couple hours for software but most links are dead/outdated. So fellow Bimmer owners and fans; what should I do at this point? I just need to communicate with the dang OBDII system!
i've ever used this on my E36 1999..but i bought that from obd365 (link)..not sure the pcb are the same..i tested on the EWS and ABS..
it should work on you E36 98 also.
software source i've got:
OBD2 vehicle diagnostics: Free download BMW INPA / EDIABAS full iso torrent
hope this helps you
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