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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 12-21-2013, 02:40 PM
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Bought a code reader

Was told I could get codes whether the cel was on or not, I ran a scan and absolutely no codes. I'm pretty excited about that. On the other hand, my wife's 2010 c300 sport had the cel light come on two days ago, being a therm too low., mind you it was driving cool since it was close to zero here. I erased her codes and they've yet to reappear. I like this tool. Cross my fingers, if I ever get a code or two, I'll come here first

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Old 12-21-2013, 05:35 PM
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Cali has some lame law that prevents the auto parts stores from lending code scanners or scanning your car..... It suppose to be some consumer protection law, but it just forces you to buy one. I picked one up last week because I got tired of borrowing one.
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:41 PM
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Re: Bought a code reader

I bought an OBD II adapter that Bluetooths to my Android phone, then bought a 5 dollar app called "Torque." I love it. It clears codes and displays real-time information.

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Old 12-21-2013, 05:48 PM
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Cali has some lame law that prevents the auto parts stores from lending code scanners or scanning your car..... It suppose to be some consumer protection law, but it just forces you to buy one. I picked one up last week because I got tired of borrowing one.
Yeah the reason I bought one, went to advance auto and they don't check codes but the guy was nice enough to lend me theirs to use it myself. Same reason, he said liability issue
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:48 PM
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CA prob doesn't want you to reset emission codes in order to pass inspection.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:44 AM
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I bought an OBD II adapter that Bluetooths to my Android phone, then bought a 5 dollar app called "Torque." I love it. It clears codes and displays real-time information.

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Man what will they come up with next? That's impressive!
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:25 AM
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Man what will they come up with next? That's impressive!
I have had it for about two years. I only have about $20 invested between the app and the adapter. It also let's you create your own gauge layout If you want to monitor specific readings.

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Old 12-22-2013, 10:33 AM
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CA prob doesn't want you to reset emission codes in order to pass inspection.
That's what I thought, but when I did some research, I found out that it's a "consumer protection" law. They only want "trained personnel" i.e. the dealer or an indie mechanic to be able to scan your car. You know, so you can get ripped off by someone who knows better. I'm surprised you can even buy a scanner in CA.

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