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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-30-2008, 12:32 PM
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Fault Code Reader?

Hi All,

I am relative new to the under the hood part of E36s. Recently, I just got this check engine light in my car; and I would really like to obtain a Fault Code Reader, to see what it is. Do you know of any good one out there?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:21 PM
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bavarian autosport is where i got mine...
paid about $140 for code reader/service reset
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:08 PM
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you can use the pedal trick if you just need the codes
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:42 AM
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The pedal trick won't work with post 1996 cars. The Peake tools are small, robust and easy to use. Peake's R5/FCX will reset service and inspection intervals but to be able to read and reset airbag codes you will also require the Peake R5/SRS tool. Both are well priced at under $130. If you want to go slightly more exotic and use a tool in connection with a laptop which can diagnose codes as well as resetting airbag and engine fault codes, including service/inspection interval resets Carsoft is the next best at under $100.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:20 AM
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The pedal trick won't work with post 1996 cars. The Peake tools are small, robust and easy to use. Peake's R5/FCX will reset service and inspection intervals but to be able to read and reset airbag codes you will also require the Peake R5/SRS tool. Both are well priced at under $130. If you want to go slightly more exotic and use a tool in connection with a laptop which can diagnose codes as well as resetting airbag and engine fault codes, including service/inspection interval resets Carsoft is the next best at under $100.
Thanks David,

The Peake R5 is good. The company is not too far from where I live, too. It is also recommended by the Bentley Manual. I just saw it this morning. I am going to call them in a little bit. Thanks again.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:35 AM
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It's possible that your local auto parts place will read them for you. Advanced Auto here will do it for no charge.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:41 PM
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You are 100% correct, Jim.

I just came back from Union 76 Gas Station. They read the code, gave me a print out and reset the Check Engine light for me at no charge. Althought, I will bring them a 6-pack later on today.

But, I still think having a code reader at hand is much better. The guy could have charge me $20 and I wouldn't complain...

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Old 08-24-2008, 05:53 PM
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Question -- does Carsoft read ALL BMW codes, not just Check Engine? I can't keep running to my indie, even though he reads for free.

I bought a OBC-II reader, and it doesn't read BMW. Didn't recognize my brake sensor problem at all. Still useful for other cars, thankfully
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I have the Peake's R5/FCX and The Airbag Reset tools. Even tho Autozone or 'Jim bob's garage' can scan it for you, it still comes in handy if your a DIY guy so you can reset the oil change/service indicator lights too. I keep mine handy in my car incase i have a problem/breakdown. Well woth the money!!
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:10 PM
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Agree!!! And, in my research, I find that the Peake code reader is the best tool for our cars. It is recommended by the Bentley manual and is made for the BMW market.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:24 AM
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The pedal trick won't work with post 1996 cars. The Peake tools are small, robust and easy to use. Peake's R5/FCX will reset service and inspection intervals but to be able to read and reset airbag codes you will also require the Peake R5/SRS tool. Both are well priced at under $130. If you want to go slightly more exotic and use a tool in connection with a laptop which can diagnose codes as well as resetting airbag and engine fault codes, including service/inspection interval resets Carsoft is the next best at under $100.

Hi David
Do you have a reset tool? My e90 is showing cornering light malfunction and I just want to get rid of the code. If you can get rid of it, I would appreciate it.
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