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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 01-09-2013, 09:38 PM
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Question Best diagnostic/coding tools?

What kind hardware/software would be best to get for e46?
First purpose would be to read codes, but i think i don't want to buy something which can only read codes, i want to be able to recode stuff also.
Can these easily remap ECU? Some software updates available?
I'm not sure if I'm going to, but i want to get something good which can go all the way.

Can there be some good program for laptop? (BMW Carsoft?)
What kind cables and plugs are needed?
Any other good stuff out there?
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:47 PM
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:21 AM
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search for "BMW Scanner 1.4.0"
That looks good, might get one of those...

How about anything for remapping ECU?
Might be too much for me to handle, but there's some upgrade kit, camshaft and bit other stuff, and it says that ECU should be remapped for best result.
Mechanical parts i can handle myself, but how about that software part?
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:01 AM
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i'm not sure u can remap the ECU for better performance (to provide +15hp for example) this is a very good tool to scan for codes, reset codes and do the fun stuff like turning the fog lights with high beams and so on... contact them for more info
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:13 AM
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Ofcourse coding alone can't give more power, but i'm curious about options.
Or... does that ECU just learn on it's own when i just bolt on mechanical parts?

Anyway Carsoft 6.5 sounds interesting as well.
Anyone who have used that?

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Old 01-10-2013, 08:05 PM
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Noone uses Carsoft 6.5? Everyone has BMW Scanner 1.4.0?
If that's so, then i believe i got my answer.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:08 PM
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Cams is nasty stuff on the e46

Are you sure u can do it?
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:42 PM
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Cams is nasty stuff on the e46

Are you sure u can do it?
Thinking about it, but it's not on top of the list.
Shocks and clutch are next to buy.

I think i could deal with camshaft, but i know opening up engine is always bit risky so should think everything through very well before starting.
I'm fine with mechanical parts, just electronics/software part always makes me wonder.
What if it just doesn't want to run with wrong part???
Anyway i'm running M43 engine in mine which is bit more simple about those.

Generally I have more ideas than money.

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Old 01-11-2013, 01:33 AM
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Generally I have more ideas than money.
don't we all
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:00 AM
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:09 AM
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Ordered that BMW Scanner 1.4.0. hope it comes soon.
And i guess i should get laptop also.
Wife has one, but maybe i shouldn't expect to use that one for this purpose.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:00 AM
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did u get that scanner yet? what are the options you were able to do besides checking for codes?
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:35 AM
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I got scanner couple days ago yes, but didn't quite install and get to it yet.
Wife has Windows 7 in her computer, and this one has XP, but this one is not portable... so thinking about what's smartest way to deal with it.
Might even get some old second hand laptop just for scanner use, they are quite cheap.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:34 PM
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I got scanner couple days ago yes, but didn't quite install and get to it yet.
Wife has Windows 7 in her computer, and this one has XP, but this one is not portable... so thinking about what's smartest way to deal with it.
Might even get some old second hand laptop just for scanner use, they are quite cheap.
no need, simply install Windows XP on a virtual PC (lots of info on google how to use a Virtual PC) on ur wife's laptop and u'll b good to go. u'll do all ur work from the virtual PC.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:29 AM
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no need, simply install Windows XP on a virtual PC (lots of info on google how to use a Virtual PC) on ur wife's laptop and u'll b good to go. u'll do all ur work from the virtual PC.
Ok, so will do that way then, but not sure when i have time to play with it.

Got stuck in snow wednesday night and toasted my clutch in process of getting out of there.
Well... that clutch wasn't very good anymore anyway, car still moves somewhat, and i already got those clutch parts... but it kind of jumped bit in priority.
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I use the BMW factory tools. INPA, DIS, WinKFP, NCS, SSS/Progman. They are out there in the wild and can be obtained easily. (Well, at least they were 3 years ago. now )

I have been able to do anything I have needed to do so far. Reading and clearing codes, Reading BMW factory codes that a reg hand held reader will not show, Programming car key memory options, Alarm retrofit coding.

All the information you would ever need in order to do this is on one of the other forums in the coding and diagnostic section. Worth considering i think.
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I use the BMW factory tools. INPA, DIS, WinKFP, NCS, SSS/Progman. They are out there in the wild and can be obtained easily. (Well, at least they were 3 years ago. now )

I have been able to do anything I have needed to do so far. Reading and clearing codes, Reading BMW factory codes that a reg hand held reader will not show, Programming car key memory options, Alarm retrofit coding.

All the information you would ever need in order to do this is on one of the other forums in the coding and diagnostic section. Worth considering i think.
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i'm not sure u can remap the ECU for better performance (to provide +15hp for example) this is a very good tool to scan for codes, reset codes and do the fun stuff like turning the fog lights with high beams and so on... contact them for more info
Have you indeed accessed and programmed the LCM? I cannot access it on mine. I'd love to play with the light settings.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:41 PM
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Have you indeed accessed and programmed the LCM? I cannot access it on mine. I'd love to play with the light settings.
no i didn't get the BMW Scanner, but i googled alot about it and appears u could do that.
that's why i wanted to be sure from someone who got it (lgr122) that he can do that for certain...
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:24 AM
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no need, simply install Windows XP on a virtual PC (lots of info on google how to use a Virtual PC) on ur wife's laptop and u'll b good to go. u'll do all ur work from the virtual PC.
Minor set back, her laptop can't have virtual PC.
(Atleast not without paying more money, which i'm not going to.)
Will see if could borrow another laptop just for testing scanner bit, but now i'm again thinking of getting some old laptop just for scanner. Some mates are giving away those almost free once in a while, and running XP (or even Win98) would be enough, doesn't need much power for that use.
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Minor set back, her laptop can't have virtual PC.
(Atleast not without paying more money, which i'm not going to.)
installing a virtual PC is like updating ur windows, it's always for free
simply google it, their are plenty of how-to's
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:56 AM
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installing a virtual PC is like updating ur windows, it's always for free
simply google it, their are plenty of how-to's
Depends on version of Windows7, tried to go there and download, and it started like supposed to, but then it said that i should pay for some update before it gives. That Acer had Windows7 ready installed when bought it, might be bit limited version though, anyway wouldn't want to mess because THAT computer has all programs completely legal and paid for. I ofcourse i don't have cracked Win98 or Win2000 or WinXP or Win7 install disks, but i probably get stuff working, should just have some other computer for it.

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Depends on version of Windows7, tried to go there and download, and it started like supposed to, but then it said that i should pay for some update before it gives. That Acer had Windows7 ready installed when bought it, might be bit limited version though, anyway wouldn't want to mess because THAT computer has all programs completely legal and paid for. I have cracked Win98 and Win2000 and WinXP and Win7 install disks, so i will surely get stuff working, but should have some other computer for it.
oh ok, tough luck
keep us posted when everything works out
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Ok got new (OLD, 15€) laptop and tried BMW Scanner 1.4.0 first time... and it gave "access violation at address... " message, but i already found instructions about what to do with it. (http://www.resettools.com/bmw_scanner_1.4.0)

Anyway should i have engine running when using this? Or never have engine running?
What kind stuff is what i might or might not have depending on my device?
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