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Old 7th June 2011, 21:08   #1
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Best code reader for BMW + other cars?

Hello all,
I was wondering if you guys could suggest a code reader that is capable of scanning both BMW's and other brands of cars. My family has a 97 ford truck, a 2003 mercury mountaineer, 2001 740IL, and the E39 M5 of course and I am looking for a tool that will scan all 4 of them. Im looking to spend a maximum of 300 to 350$. I want one that can reset all the service inspections and such.The two Ford cars have around 70k miles and them and have never really had any problems. Ive looked at the Peake Research tools but they only scan Bimmers. Any recomendations/opinions would be very helpful.

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I don't know of any generic ones that will scan obdII codes for all three and still be able to reset service indicators. Even the Peake tool doesn't do the service reset but most vehicles have a procedure that can be done without any tool to reset those indicators. Your best bet would be to get a universal OBDII scanner that can do all of them knowing that it's not as useful for your car as the Peake is, or just get the Peake for yourself and have your folks cough up the cash for a scanner you can use on their cars.
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I think you will find that you will need to buy 2 scanners. A Peake tool for the Bimmers and a more generic tool for the Fords. I have a hand held MAC scanner for all OBDII cars. I paid $200 for it slightly used from an ex-coworker. I think they are $300-350 new. As you are probably aware, the Peake tool is around $140.
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Thanks for the quick responses guys.So it looks like im going to have to buy a Peake research tool for our 2 BMW's and some other type for the Fords. Maybe I could just buy the Peake reader first because as we all know the BMW's will probably have the engine lights on first not the Fords lol. The 2 BMW's are over 110k and the Fords are right below 80K.
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As a band-aid for now most car parts places like Autozone and PepBoys have generic OBDII scanners that they will check codes for you on the Fords until you get that one.
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Maybe autoenginuity - $250 for the basic software which will handle your generic OBD II for all cars - and then you pony up an additional $200 or so for each manufacturer's "specific" codes and functions (body module, etc.). Check it out here: AutoEnginuity® - OBD2 Scan Tool - Professional PC and PDA Diagnostics

Please note, I have no affiliation with them and have not used them. For our cars explicity, INPA is a good choice isf you can piece together a system, etc.
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Wow that actually looks pretty trick. Didn't know of that one before.
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I bought this one instead of a peake so i could use it with other cars:

Amazon.com: ElmScan 5 Compact USB OBD-II Scan Tool & OBDWiz Engine Diagnostic Software (423001): Automotive

If you dont mind using your laptop I think it works pretty well, but everyone one the board recommends the peake for the bmw specific codes. However data logging is fun to play around with if you can secure your laptop while driving.
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I have an Innova 3140. It has cables for most vehicles covering OBDI and OBDII with manufacturer codes for several, but not for BMW. It does have live data reading that has come in handy a few times. I needed to cover Chevy OBDI and OBDII, Ford, and BMW.

I really would prefer a better solution than the peake but can't justify buying each separate module to cover every car we have.


Sorry I don't remember which forum, but I saw a recommendation for this the other day:

Products - Scan Tools, Performance Meters and Data Loggers | Auterra
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Here's the one you need

This one reads codes for alot of the cars I work on. The only thing it doesn't do is reset the oil light for MY 2000 m5.
Bavarian autosport

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Reads all OBD-II codes on all cars 96 and newer -- BMW, MINI, Toyota, Honda, Chevy, VW, etc. -- but does not read proprietary BMW fault codes This multi-function tool gives you handy, on-screen definitions of generic and some manufacturer-specific OBD-II trouble codes for all vehicles 1996 and newer.
Other features include: On screen definitions of generic and manufacturer specific trouble codes for all OBD-II vehicles 1996 and newer
Readiness Test status for emissions testing: Check your vehicle before going to your state-mandated emissions test and have peace of mind going into your next emissions test
Lets you reset Check Engine Lights
Download future code updates via the internet with purchase of EZ-Update AX400-USB software (part #AX400-USB)
MIL status Indicator Summary screen of vehicle emissions system
Supports multiple trouble code requests: current codes, pending codes, and freeze codes.
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CS 1500 OBD-II Engine Fault Code Reader

$ 129.95

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