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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 02-03-2009, 10:56 PM
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Will this ODB2 reader work with E36?

The last time I got my codes read, they connect the reader to a round port in the engine bay. I'm planning on purchasing a code reader from autozone but from the look of it, the connector wont fit the round port in the engine bay. Is there another port under the dash somewhere?

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:58 PM
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There should be an adapter that hooks directly to that port. May have to buy it separately, ask them when you go to purchase it.
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The obd 2 port is located near the drivers footwell.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:23 AM
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The last time I got my codes read, they connect the reader to a round port in the engine bay. I'm planning on purchasing a code reader from autozone but from the look of it, the connector wont fit the round port in the engine bay. Is there another port under the dash somewhere?

Wow, sorry I didn't read that right. They seriously didn't use the one under the dash? What are they, cavemen?
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:42 AM
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OBDII is OBDII. The diagnostic port (round one) in the engine bay is for advanced diagnostics that need a GT1 machine for BMWs. It's a very pricey unit for shops, and it's very advanced and gives a LOT of info. The standard OBDII reader will do just fine, and give you all the P-codes from your car. It plugs in in the left side drivers footwell.
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www.peakeresearch.com Check this site out for a obd2 reader that will also read bmw's proprietary codes.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:12 AM
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i have a 1996 318 convert.
my car has both connectors : round under the hood and also the trapezoid one under the dash
i also have the older peake tool and and a new actron code reader.
BOTH function correctly..the actron Cp9185 #? tool gives a bit more real time info..no big deal...the peake tool is very good very easy to use.
at equal prices i would only purchase the actron advanced tool or similar...can use for many different cars.
and yes a cheap harbor freight tool would work..the really cheap ones you must look up the code..remember all newer cars are going to be CAN so might consider a CAN compatible unit.
*finally...remember all these tools do is give you info. of what sensor was triggered and allow reset...you still need to know or understand why it triggered in order to fix problem.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:15 AM
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and the connector under the dash might have a plastic or metal clip on cover that covers the trapezoid.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:22 AM
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i double checked..i have the cp9180..
ebay $165 new included ship.
http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid=16318
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