So I have a "Check Engine Soon" on my dash... Dumbass gas attendent didnt' put the gas cap back on . So now it's time to purchase a Code reader for my E46 328i.
I needed to purchase one anyhow....
So, which one is the best to get. I've seen the Peak version on this forum, also seen the bavarian autosport version. Is there any difference ie options available or others out there that are better? Or does it even matter? Recommendations?
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Most non-BMW scan tools are crap...sorry to be so blunt...but they are. BMW finds most of their information to be propriatary...so all an aftermarket scan tool is able to read is emission related codes as mandated by OBD II statures...I've tried many aftermarket scan tools and none of them compare to BMW's GT1 or DIS machines.
Originally posted by doughboyea@Jul 16 2004, 08:44 PM 325isBaby,
You mean those thousand dollar computers they use? or are they hand held devices like the other ones mentioned above?
The DIS and GT1 Machines are BMW specific scan tool equipment pretty much only for BMW Centers and Dealerships. And even with an aftermarket scan tool, you may not be able to clear the code causing the warning lamp in the first place... Since as I said before, aftermarkets only are able to access LIMITED amount of information, and most of it is read-only as well.
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Not bogus, just not always entirely true. it depends on whats causing the check engine light to come on in the first place. Oil indicatior lights (depending on year) are usually reset through a special tool that hooks up to the BMW 20 pin connector, or is reset through the instrument cluster itself.
I bought the Peake tool off of Peake's website for $150. I found out that I need new cats because of the code. So everytime it throws a code, I check it, to make sure its the same two cat codes, then reset so I don't have the orange blaring at me. - I'll probably do this until I get new cats, or it throws a different code...
A $16K tool can read alot more, but for resetting lights and getting an understanding of what might be the issue, I say go for Peake.
The bavauto tool is the same thing with a bavatuo logo on it. I reccommend either one.
They serve me much better than a damn jumper wire.
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The peake does a good job and re setting the stupic little lights.... get that... it works well for what its worth... IE.. driving without the darn lights in the dash bothering the heck out of ya... its a good buy!
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