Just found a company, Bavarian Technic that appears to have pretty much what the BMW dealers have for only $237 for a system that will read 3 VIN numbers (ie. restricted for DIY), here are basics, anybody used this product?
What cars does it work on?
2005-2009 BMW 1 Series
1996-2009 BMW 3 Series
1996-2008 BMW 5 Series
2004-2008 BMW 6 Series
1994-2008 BMW 7 Series
2004-2008 BMW X3
1999-2009 BMW X5
2008-2009 BMW X6
1996-2002 BMW Z3
2002-2009 BMW Z4
2000-2003 BMW Z8
All BMW M models
Mini Cooper R50 & R56
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What does it do?
The tool accesses the electronic control units in your car to:
Read and clear diagnostic fault codes
Display shadow faults and soft faults
Display and record real-time actual values
Activate components of the car for troubleshooting
Reset service reminders
Reset condition-based service indicators
Send special commands to control units
Show ECU information
Access the latest BMW DCAN systems for 2007+ models
What systems does it work on?
Heating & A/C
And much more...
*Not all features are supported on all modules or vehicles. See our Model/Feature Matrix for specific coverage.
How does it work?
Our product is a hardware and software tool that plugs into your Windows PC's USB port (check system requirements). Once plugged into the car, the tool is capable of communicating with the different system control units in the car.