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Old 12-21-2004, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who here has a scanner for their OBD-I 5 series?

I've got an E34 and was wondering what scanners people have and recommend. I have a bad feeling I'm going to be going down to the dealer to have him not be able to pull a code, since I'm under the impression OBDI doesn't store them, and I'm getting no indication of a fault.

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Old 12-27-2004, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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http://www.bmwe34.net/e34main/trouble/engine_codes.htm

i'll try to find what all the numbers mean tomorrow. 1444 is good ok fine
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There's a trick where you can pull your own engine code for OBD1 cars. Turn key to on position and step on gas five times real fast. You then read a series of "Check Engine" blinks to determine the code. There's a better explanation in one of the threads you can search for, or look at pelican parts.com as they explain the whole thing.
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There's a trick where you can pull your own engine code for OBD1 cars. Turn key to on position and step on gas five times real fast. You then read a series of "Check Engine" blinks to determine the code. There's a better explanation in one of the threads you can search for, or look at pelican parts.com as they explain the whole thing.
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or you can just visit the page i posted the link to up above.
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Thanks guys.

I'm going to check it when I get home tongiht. Had to pull the Mustang out of hiding while I'm working on the wagon.

On the plus side, I'd forgotten how much fun it is to smoke tires all the time.

I need to get this fixed before I end up with some fat tickets.
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Well, I decided to drop this thing at a shop, since I couldn't figure out the blinking light thing.

The nice gentlemen at Bavarian Motor Sports in Suwanee, GA put in a good show to get this thing running right again.

The MAF was fine, there were no codes, and no vacuum leaks. Turns out that the plugs I put in in March were out of range, and causing various problems with the coils. Now, I thought I had a slight transmission slip for a while (I hate automatics), but it appears that was engine surging.

The car has the proper plugs (Bosch copper +2's) and new coils. It runs great and I'm hoping some of the other mysterios maladies are going from the electrical system.

This would be the pat of the post when I echo the sentiments of those no this board who tell you to varify that you are actually putting the correct parts in your car. All the plugs I ran were listed in the parts store computer as 'better than stock' or "OEM" but none were actually the factory/dealer recommened replacement.

In an effort to save $30.00, I ended up costing myself over $500, not to mention 8 months of stressing about a transmission rebuild. Luckily, there wasn't any collateral damage beyond the coils.
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Glad to hear your car's running well now. I've heard alot about people having problems with "better than OEM" plugs and the suggestions to stay with OEM. This seems to have solidified that issue.

Thanks for the info and sorry for the expense. Hope you're real pleased with your car and the way it's running.
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Glad to hear your car's running well now. I've heard alot about people having problems with "better than OEM" plugs and the suggestions to stay with OEM. This seems to have solidified that issue.

Thanks for the info and sorry for the expense. Hope you're real pleased with your car and the way it's running.
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don't use the triple plug or whatever spark plugs.. just find some regular bosch and they'll work perfectly. everyone that used the 'better than oem' on their bmw ran into problems sooner or later.
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