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Thread: Best code reader/reset tool?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    Best code reader/reset tool?

    I had a Peake scanner/reset tool years ago but cannot find it after 3 moves. So I was wondering if there is a better option available, perhaps even one that has a Bluetooth component that works with an Android app? Looking to spend as little as possible and still get something as comprehensive as the old Peake tools. There are so many options available but it is not clear if that are accurate and thorough for BMWs, E46s in particular.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Leesburg, VA
    The tools that are used on the current cars (>F30) are Carly & BimmerCode/BimmerLink - these can turn on/off features & do diagnostics via a dongle & Bluetooth/WiFi.
    The Foxwell NT 510 is another diagnostic tool that plugs into your OBDII port. The Schwaben BMW/Mini Scan Tool is a repackaged version.
    I don't know what they offer to the E46 platform, but check them out & let us know what you find. Good luck!
    2006 330ci ZHP - Silbergrau Metallic / Stoff Laser/Anthrazit / Alu Black Cube trim / Adaptive Xenon headlights / HK hi-fi system / heated front seats

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Thanks. I was hoping technology advances and competition since I purchased the Peake tool meant I could get a decent BMW code reader at a lower cost. I see a bunch of $20-$50 dongle/app combos on Amazon, etc. Are any of those adequate? Tempted to try Carly.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    I have the Schwaben/Foxwell tool mentioned above. It is pretty good at reading codes, and the nice thing is it reads BMW specific codes, and you can add on another manufacturer to it for $60. The downside is it really sucks at displaying live data in a comprehensive and easy to read way. In fact, I have not updated the software yet, and it is not saving the live data, displaying some sort of "linking error" every time.
    jfoj from e46fanatics recommended trying OBDFusion. It's a mobile app and people really seem to like it.
    ~ 2005 330ci ZHP Silbergrau | Black cube | Leather ~
    Current Mods: Akebono brake pads, Bilstein B4 Rear Shocks, Beisan Systems VANOS Rebuild, G.A.S. DISA O-ring, StopTech SS brake lines, Subwoofer tennis ball mod, Switchback Angel Eyes (turn signal), Zimmermann drilled rotors.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Charleston SC
    I'm using this:

    A little more complicated and it uses a laptop but it can read and reset codes as well as log an insane amount of data. Several of us are using this for tuning
    Dinan CAI &Throttle body, ESS Tuning TS2, Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, UUC SSK & DSSR. Achilles oil pump, VAC oil pan baffle
    M3 Motor mounts, UUC Trans mounts, Modified clutch style LSD 3.15, TMS front subframe reinforcement, Koni Yellow sports,
    H&R sport springs,
    UUC sway bars, BMW Perf. Rotors, UUC SS brake lines, Hawk HPS pads, CSL replica wheels,
    Rotora strut bar, FXR HID conversion, M3 Mirror conversion, BSW stage 1 speakers

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