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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:32 AM
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Finally got around to playing with car coding

Picked up an INPA USB cable and made a windows xp virtual machine on my Macbook to play with NCS Expert.


I have now coded the following:

Windows up with key fob!
Fog lights with high beams possible!
"Double blink" euro style hazard lights!
Power windows operate for 1 minute after car is shut off and key removed
Double-click required on fob to open the trunk (My keyring sometimes presses the trunk open button while I'm at home... resulting in me discovering the trunk is open when I leave for work..).


There are lots of DIYs and links out there so I am not going to repeat it all. If anyone is in the SF Bay Area and wants some of these options I could be talked into it for a 6 pack .
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:44 AM
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Damn I've been wanting my DRL's programmed off for years but could never justify spending the $60 at the dealer. Now I just drive with my high beams unplugged.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:06 PM
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Damn I've been wanting my DRL's programmed off for years but could never justify spending the $60 at the dealer. Now I just drive with my high beams unplugged.
Do you get the bulb out warning with them unplugged? I was able to unplug lights in my C230 without the warning... not sure about the BMW... haven't tried it... sometimes I want my DRLs, other times I don't
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:33 PM
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Very Nice Kris.

Any chance for Siri integration?
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:48 PM
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I never got into this deep enough to get started - the knowledge is there, but I haven't been moved to action. I heard that the M54 can't be flashed to Euro2 tune. Is this still the case?
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:22 AM
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Let me know when you figure out how to unlock the extra 100hp that's hiding in there.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:41 PM
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Here's a picture of the result of two codes:
* fog lights available with high beams
* high beams = bi-xenon AND halogen.


Lots of light!
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:29 PM
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Wish you were further up the coast... like a lot further! I'd love to have a bunch of stuff done to my car... including what you've done.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:07 PM
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Hello

FIrst post on this forum but have been an avid forum member for years on other sites.

I am trying to do exactly what you did with installing windows through VMware on my MAC. I got the INPA connected and battery and ignition both black but when i try to load up my car and go into modules i keep getting an "error compiling script file". I followed this tutorial to a T so i know i did nothing wrong to my knowledge.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=451145

Any idea what could be the issue? I used this exact tutorial and its files and people say that it works for them. I feel like the cable is connected and working but the software is missing files or something...

Any ideas??

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:47 PM
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Let me know when you figure out how to unlock the extra 100hp that's hiding in there.
+1 lol, I'm in on this too

Great job Kris! Does it only work on WinXP, will the app work on Win7 or 8?
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:55 PM
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Picked up an INPA USB cable and made a windows xp virtual machine on my Macbook to play with NCS Expert.


I have now coded the following:

Windows up with key fob!
Fog lights with high beams possible!
"Double blink" euro style hazard lights!
Power windows operate for 1 minute after car is shut off and key removed
Double-click required on fob to open the trunk (My keyring sometimes presses the trunk open button while I'm at home... resulting in me discovering the trunk is open when I leave for work..).


There are lots of DIYs and links out there so I am not going to repeat it all. If anyone is in the SF Bay Area and wants some of these options I could be talked into it for a 6 pack .
I am incredibly interested in this but don't have the slightest idea of where to start. Can you explain the basics? For example: What is NCS Expert? Can you use this to make the car horn beep when locking your doors? Etc.

I just found this (http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1800496) and I've read through it but still don't understand the basics if you wouldn't mind. I've done a ton of php, BASIC, and html coding before so I think this will be a breeze if I gather the basic info.
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Hmmmm so if I am on my way to Bimmerfest one year........ hmmmmmm...
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:03 PM
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i found these 2 posts that "might" be helpful:
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:02 PM
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I hope I get one of these cables for christmas do I need an upgraded cpu or a specific program this would be cool and have endless posibilities.

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:51 PM
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I hope I get one of these cables for christmas do I need an upgraded cpu or a specific program this would be cool and have endless posibilities.

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If you do let us know and post some of the things you have done with it
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:19 PM
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For reference, this is where folks can get some of the software:
Making sense of the most often recommended BMW diagnostic tools & cable interfaces (1) & BMW factory & dealer programming, coding, and diagnostic software such as INPA, EDIABAS, NCS Expert, DIS, EasyDIS, Progman (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) & related BMW diagnostic-tool forums (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)


There is also an E46-specific thread on the software.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:20 PM
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Wow, again I am late to the party. I ALWAYS find my trunk open, I bet my key fob is doing that too. I need to go see the guy who programmed my windows up feature and get him to program the double click. I also had mine coded to act like it has an alarm, lights flash on lock/unlock and clown nose blinks.

P.S. wouldn't want to be the poor bastard who gets brighted by you!
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