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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 02-15-2015, 10:58 AM
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Suggestion for an affordable code reader

New to the forums, bought a basket case 03 530i m sport that wouldn't move, barely ran and had almost no single electrical device that worked.

Fixed many many problems and it's running sweet.
First BMW and I love the car. (Previously a Volvo guy)

I do have a generic code reader and Chinese SRS reader.

Needing suggestions on a more specific affordable reader to troubleshoot my SRS light a little deeper and the traction control light that is on as well. Also getting the dreaded torque converter solenoid code p0741.

Looking for a user friendly system, I am a bit technically challenged so I'm trying to find a stand alone plug and play type device.
Not afraid to learn just tend to get frustrated easy.

I'm the type of guy that can repair you television or computer but have no clue how to set it when I'm done

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Old 02-15-2015, 11:39 AM
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Search and Bluebee will reveal the answer for you! She found the cheapest code reader on the market! Check it out.
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Old 02-15-2015, 12:56 PM
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I have Carsoft and it works fine on my laptop.
Carsoft is about $40 on ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HOT-Diagnost.../281249203737?


Others use other software.
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:40 PM
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Thanks, I don't have a laptop but probably need to get one anyway.

I saw a stand alone reader with icarsoft on there as well. You think this has the same features?

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=171532393018
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:25 PM
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Amazing price if it really does all that.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:08 PM
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:09 PM
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i think 38.00 is a great price if it works and not much of a gamble if it doesn't. If you have one of these cars and you want to diy you need a scanner and not just a obd2 code reader, If I didn't already have a full function scanner I would try it
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:22 PM
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If you get the forty dollar scanner, please compare it to this one, at half that price...
- Cheapest CAN OBDII scanner on the net that reads DTCs, pending codes, & clears codes
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