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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-28-2010, 07:50 PM
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Which OBD Tool/Model do you recommend?

This happened to my 1998 Volvo V70 but it is relevant to E39 too, so mod don't remove this thread!!!

Which OBD Tool/Model do you recommend?
(Basically the LEAST money for the BEST product)

To make a long story short, I have owned an Actron CP9035 for 10 years, just like in this link:

But here is the problem:
1. It failed to diagnose the Air Valve problem (OBD P0410) in my 98 Volvo V70. The indy mechanic tool diagnosed it while the Actron tool registers nothing!
2. Just today, my car mysteriously shut down for 2 seconds, then I crank it and it starts right up, then 2 min later the CEL is on.

I plugged the same Actron CP9035 Tool in and sure enough no OBD codes were found.

So the bottom lie is I need a new OBD Tool.
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