2nd Gen R56 Cooper S Best/most useful scan tools?

Discussion in '2nd Generation: 2007+ R55 through R61' started by alwzopn, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. alwzopn

    alwzopn New Member

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    It seems there are several types of diagnostic tools out there: hardware based scanners and software diagnostic tools.

    As a geek, I would think that diagnostic software would be best, since the software can be specialized and/or upgraded. Also, with an OBD cable connected to a laptop, it would seem that you'd have a wider choice of software.

    Is this true? Are there any opinions about what tools/software/hardware are good/better/best?
     
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  3. alwzopn

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    I was hoping he might chime in, my question was inspired by another thread where he posted a few opinions. Thought I'd start a new one instead of thread-jacking the other...
     
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    If I might be able to add to your thread...... Do any of them remove the ECU adaptations?:D
     
  5. alwzopn

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    That's a good point - is it possible to make minor changes/modifications to the ECU with these tools? I know it's possible to clear codes, but that would seem like a different type of change...
     
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    Hi all

    For clearing adaptations, The AutoEnginuity with BMW extensions ($500 or so) does the trick. So does the BavTech softare on my site ($270 for Enthusiast version)... Both do logging and the like..

    The hand held ones like the Innova scanners I sell on my blog site (Dr Obnxs' Musings) are very good, universal units, but are only for code clearing. I think Innova has one that does airbag codes as well. If someone wants that, I can add it to the Amazon store at my blog and I get a massive 4% of the sales price! I have had an Innova scanner for years, it's one of the standard tools in my bag of tricks. I recently upgraded the basic one that I've used forever, cause my wife's car is CAN based and more and more cars that I deal with are. So I'm upgrading (and yes, I bought it from my own Amazon store for that massive 4% kickback!) BTW, I put them up there cause the places that sell MINI parts that stock them seem to be much, much more expensive.

    I'm also getting a copy of the Mynes ByteTronic tuning software to work with. It will probably show up on the FES Auto Power Parts page... Anyway, I don't know everything that it does, but it's good to know that us modders will finally have a way to tune our own cars! Yee-Hah!

    Matt
     
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    :Thumbsup:Ah the Good Dr. Glad to hear about that Massive financial gain. I remember you mentioning once that the pay check that you got from a certain magazine could be cashed in a Coke Machine.:lol: Ah well, life goes on,yes?:cornut:
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  8. alwzopn

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    I think I need a quick explanation of what you mean when you say 'adaptations' and why you would want to clear them...

    I'm mostly interested in this topic because I'm planning on installing the WMW turbo-back exhaust and I'm expecting to need to clear o2 sensor codes from time to time.

    Is there a tool that can adjust the o2 sensor tolerance so it won't throw the code? Or does that fall into the realm of 'tuning' and therefore requires more sophisticated software?
     
  9. Person Moved On

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    Griffin Technology is coming out with an OBD-II unit that will connect with your smartphone (iPhone and Android). They expect it in the first quarter of this year.
    Griffin Technology: CarTrip - OBD-II Hardware Interface

    There stuff is usually pretty good, I'm looking forward to this one.
     
  10. Nathan

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    I've signed up for the notification of when this has been released. We intend on doing a full review on Gearhead Apps.

    For the past 4 years I've been using a tool by Altera on a palm based device. I no longer use the device as a phone but still have it all wired up for code reading and clearing.

    The Bytetronic software will clear the codes and adaptations for the R53, the only issue is that one needs to hook it to a Windows based laptop to do so. Now if there was a iPad version...woot. The same with the BavTech stuff Doc O has, a laptop is needed.
     
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    About to purchase a system myself but would wait if there is one I could use on the android, just for not having to carry so much around. I look enough like the Beverly Hillbillies when i go to the track as is.... Otherwise I think I'll be getting Dr O's BavTech....

    So please let us know when you have more info Nathan.
     
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    I needed a scan tool at a BMWCCA event last fall. So there I am, walking up and down the paddock, he's got an E30, he's got an E30, he's got a 2002, he's got an engine swap E36... no scan tools. Ridiculous. I bought mine from DrO the next week.
     
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    I use the Rev App on the iPhone with a Kiwi wifi OBD2 dongle. It is good for data collection, gauges, reading and clearing codes.

    It seems to be quite useful.
     
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    Cool but from the site, the scan gauge looks pretty basic with no mention of advanced reading of BMW type codes, nor does it mention the ability to erase adaptations??? Did I miss it?
     
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    I'm not an iPhone user. If anyone has any input about Torque or OBDroid for Android, I'd be interested, though.

    Are there any other software solutions besides the Bavarian Technic? Maybe a little less expensive?
     
  18. Kellen@Craven

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    You can use Torque on Android for free, and hook your phone up to the OBDII by Bluetooth with this;

    Bluetooth OBDII Connector - CravenSpeed Online
     
  19. alwzopn

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    I think I'm going to try this out since it's so inexpensive, I can afford to get a better tool later if I need to. I'll try to come back and share my notes after I've used it for awhile. Too bad the bluetooth option doesn't work with the iPhone...
     
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    So after all of this, which tools clear adaptations AND CEL's ? Is the in car method a myth ?
     

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