Join Date: May 2014
Location: Newport Beach CA
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WARNING to those thinking about buying the software on Amazon or Ebay and an OBD cable. I spent the last four or five weeks, and well over 40 hours, just trying to get a cheap cable and INPA software to work on my 2008 m5. It is been a complete waste of time.
if you value your sanity, and your hourly time at more than $10 per hour, do yourself a huge favor and go straight to a well reputed seller who will personally guarantee their package to work on your specific car, and keep in mind what you are wishing to do with it. (then again my seller guaranteed this to me an email and I would choke them out if I could get my hands on their neck.)
I make this Warning because I have learned that some software works with the D CAN, up to specific model years, while others works with K CAN, up to specific years. There are programs that switch the software back and forth between the two frequencies bus systems... my specific cable has a white circuit board that I'm finding many people cannot use, it is junk because it has a FTDI chip made in China that is a clone and is not capable of doing what it is advertised to do or it is bricked by Windows software drivers
Worse yet the cable suppliers submitted software that is almost entirely in German, with an instruction manual that is fraught with misspellings and typos, so common with cheap Chinese junk.
at this point I would have gladly shelled out $1,000 in cash to avoid the frustration and lost time that I can never replace.