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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-11-2016, 12:30 AM
VeryCoolAlan VeryCoolAlan is offline
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OBD Diagnostic Tool that ISN'T Carly.

Well my car has been having A LOT of issues, TPM Malfunction, SOS Malfunction, Some Engine Problems, DRL Problems, Back Seat Cigarette Lighters don't work anymore. Mind you none of these issues actually affect the driving that much and I don't wanna go to a mechanic or dealer that's gonna bend me and screw me over because I'm a kid.

Instead of making like 20 different threads for all these problems, is there an OBD tool you guys recommend? I tried Carly, but the app is frustrating and it's really annoying. Any alternatives?
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Old 09-11-2016, 07:32 AM
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Why is it frustrating and annoying?

Those of us that have been working on BMW's for years have used multiple alternatives, but Carly is by far the simplest solution and best bang for the buck for the newbie.

Others have more data but are a lot more complex.

So, what's the specific problem?
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Old 09-11-2016, 07:36 AM
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if you find Carly frustrating and annoying, the BMW software that many people here use (INPA, ISTA, WinFKP, etc.) is going to drive you absolutely bat$hit crazy.

just out of curiosity, how old is your battery? have you checked the fuse for the rear cigarette lighters?
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:43 AM
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+1...for sure
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Old 09-11-2016, 12:32 PM
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My battery was just replaced last year by BMW Clear Lake it was about $550 -.- this was before I knew about this forum.

The frustrating thing was that I have the wireless Carly and it's difficult to connect it because it just never finds it. I restart my phone and it only works maybe 10% of the time. I would love to buy the full version, it's only $50 and everyone says it's a great deal it is just the Carly sensor itself.
Maybe there is a wired version?
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Old 09-11-2016, 12:47 PM
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I have the Gen II adapter and iPhone. It is a little finicky connecting sometimes. Reboot phone, unplug re-plug adapter. But, compared to the time and unknowns in the PC tools, that's nothing.
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Old 09-11-2016, 01:08 PM
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I have the Gen 1 Bluetooth adapter and it does the same thing. Maybe that's just how it is.
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Old 09-11-2016, 05:08 PM
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I have the gen 2 and I can honestly say it has only happened less than 10 times to me, and I use it a lot. I don't think you will find something similar that will be easier to diagnose your issues. Try turning Airplane mode on first. Then turn on wireless and see what happens. It should do the trick for you.
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Old 09-11-2016, 05:31 PM
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I have the bluetooth version of the carly gen2 adapter with my android and never had issues connecting unless I just used torque and forgot to release the bluetooth connection from it.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:27 PM
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:30 AM
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no issues with carly here iphone gen II edition.
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Old 09-13-2016, 07:05 AM
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+1 Carly with Gen2 adapter and iPhone

I scan the codes weekly. It's incredibly simple. Spend the money and get the gen2 adapter if you don't have it already.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:35 AM
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I have the Wifi version and the only time I have had trouble connecting from my Iphone (6) is when I actually had to go in a select the Carly wifi network because I previously automatically connected to my home wifi.
I agree with the others, if you are frustrated with Carly you will have more difficulty with the other diagnostic tools (do a google search for there GUI screenshots to see what I am talking about)
I purchased the Carly wifi adapter and the Pro app and spent $125 total and I use it weekly and it works great, they have pretty decent customer service too.
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:58 AM
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I use my eBay INPA cable with a USB-Micro adapter right to my Samsung S7. Set Carly to the slow communication speed and it reads and codes just fine. Might be easier for some of you guys with wireless issues.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:28 PM
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I use my eBay INPA cable with a USB-Micro adapter right to my Samsung S7. Set Carly to the slow communication speed and it reads and codes just fine. Might be easier for some of you guys with wireless issues.
AFAIK, cable only work with Android. I have an iPhone. The connectivity isn't always dodgy, just once in a while. It is totally usable and really not an issue for me.
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Old 09-13-2016, 02:24 PM
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If you have windows 7 and a cable for inpa pm me if you want a copy of my virtual machine already set up for E60 coding.

The easiest way to read codes is with the bavarian technic scan tool, but this cant code, locks to a single car, and costs about $200. Still the easiest method i have personally used to date

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