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Old 11-19-2002, 05:48 AM
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BIM-COM - diagnostics for the BMW line

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BiM-COM/

Uwe Ross, the guy who created the VAG-COM program that allows parameter manipulation, error code reporting, and diagnostic control for VW/Audi vehicles, is considering developing software to handle the BMW line. You can visit his website and see what the software he has created (which uses a Windows PC computer to emulate a very expensive auto diagnostic tool) can do. Here is the link to Uwe's VAG-COM website:
http://www.ross-tech.com/

Would you like similar capability for your BMW? We know the dealer can set configuration options and read trouble codes, for the home mechanic this tool would be an immense help. At the top of this message is a link to the Yahoo group Uwe has set up for input on this product. He's looking for input on what you'd want to do with the software. The cost of one trip to the dealer to reset the error light when the wife doesn't tighten the gas cap is reason enough to promote the development of this software.
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Old 11-19-2002, 05:56 AM
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Re: BIM-COM - diagnostics for the BMW line

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BiM-COM/

Uwe Ross, the guy who created the VAG-COM program that allows parameter manipulation, error code reporting, and diagnostic control for VW/Audi vehicles, is considering developing software to handle the BMW line. You can visit his website and see what the software he has created (which uses a Windows PC computer to emulate a very expensive auto diagnostic tool) can do. Here is the link to Uwe's VAG-COM website:
http://www.ross-tech.com/

Would you like similar capability for your BMW? We know the dealer can set configuration options and read trouble codes, for the home mechanic this tool would be an immense help. At the top of this message is a link to the Yahoo group Uwe has set up for input on this product. He's looking for input on what you'd want to do with the software. The cost of one trip to the dealer to reset the error light when the wife doesn't tighten the gas cap is reason enough to promote the development of this software.
I'd be VERY interested in this product. I'm curious what options would be available for the E36. If I have a chance, I'll sign up for the mailing list.
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Old 11-19-2002, 06:33 AM
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Re: BIM-COM - diagnostics for the BMW line

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BiM-COM/

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(which uses a Windows PC computer to emulate a very expensive auto diagnostic tool) can do.
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Using a PC is no great accomplishment. There are companies out there selling software to run on a $99 Palm PDA to work w/ OBD-II.



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Old 11-19-2002, 06:44 AM
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Re: Re: BIM-COM - diagnostics for the BMW line

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Using a PC is no great accomplishment. There are companies out there selling software to run on a $99 Palm PDA to work w/ OBD-II.



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VAG-COM (and MODIC) do a lot more than simply interface and read OBD-II functions. On the E46, MODIC allows you to interact with computer settings in the vehicle, such as car memory, DRL settings, activating the alarm, auto locking at 5 mph, etc. Not sure what, if anything, it does on the E36, though.
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Old 11-19-2002, 11:39 AM
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Yeah, the standard OBD-II functions are pretty limited on BMWs (I have Vehicle Explorer), since BMW still runs mostly proprietary functions instead of adopting the full OBD-II spec like the domestics have.
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I use Vag-Com. Great product. Great support. Great price.
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Is their any update on Bim-Com from ross-tech?
Just having an interface that doesn't use any DB9(RS232)->USB adapter for the BMW would be a great thing.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:13 PM
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I've used Vag-Com as well. EXCELLENT product.. it was so good that before I bought my BMW I was looking for a VW or Audi just so I could use it.

I hope we get BIM-COM!
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:10 AM
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Hi there.. earlier I watched the Bim-com development but it has ended But now, after years, I came across this: http://www.obdtester.com/bimcom

It looks similar, but not from ross-tech. Does anyone have some more info about it?

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