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Old 06-23-2014, 11:00 AM
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BMWhat App is Awesome!

Just wanted to relate my experience with the BMWhat iphone app and my 328i xdrive. I bought a wifi dongle, elm327, off ebay for 15~shipped. I downloaded the lite version of the app and it connected right away. I then sent the fault report to the seller of the app and he sent back a report with the fault codes in it. I then purchased the full app for 49.99. I cleared the faults, all minor, and then proceeded to code some things I hate about the car. The first being doors unlock on removing the key fob! Love it! Then, changed day running lights to angel eyes only and adjusted the brightness, mirror fold in on holding lock, digital speedo, and instantaneous mpg. Next I'm turning off the seatbelt chime. The developer said that new battery adaptation is coming soon! Any way, this is great for those of us who don't have the computer skills to do all the complicated coding. Easy, Easy, Easy!
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:57 AM
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Just wanted to relate my experience with the BMWhat iphone app and my 328i xdrive. I bought a wifi dongle, elm327, off ebay for 15~shipped. I downloaded the lite version of the app and it connected right away. I then sent the fault report to the seller of the app and he sent back a report with the fault codes in it. I then purchased the full app for 49.99. I cleared the faults, all minor, and then proceeded to code some things I hate about the car. The first being doors unlock on removing the key fob! Love it! Then, changed day running lights to angel eyes only and adjusted the brightness, mirror fold in on holding lock, digital speedo, and instantaneous mpg. Next I'm turning off the seatbelt chime. The developer said that new battery adaptation is coming soon! Any way, this is great for those of us who don't have the computer skills to do all the complicated coding. Easy, Easy, Easy!

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Skimmed quickly - does it read & deal with BMW proprietary, shadow; hidden codes?
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:09 PM
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Yes, I think it does. It scanned, I think, 19 ecu's and came back with 11 non-OBD codes. The android app appears to be the better app because it has several real time parameters than can be watched. The iphone app doesn't have this feature, I'm not sure why. I downloaded a free OBD app that has several real time parameters that I was able to use with the wifi dongle.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:45 PM
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So, it also proves that the ebay elm327 dongle works well too...Awesome!! Does your car have Comfort-Access package? Becoz i tried to get my mirror folded by Key Fob, but the techs said it requires the Comfort-Access package. :-(
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:12 PM
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Yes, I think it does. It scanned, I think, 19 ecu's and came back with 11 non-OBD codes. The android app appears to be the better app because it has several real time parameters than can be watched. The iphone app doesn't have this feature, I'm not sure why. I downloaded a free OBD app that has several real time parameters that I was able to use with the wifi dongle.

Gotta be sure.

I'd like a bluetooth connection that reads all common mfg's models....
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:37 PM
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I don't have comfort access and my mirrors fold in with the key fob. Cal, the codes were BMW specific codes for sure, not obd2. I know it's not as good as some of the other coding options, but for the money and ease of operation, it's unbeatable. By the way, I love your tire plugging thread. I have one plugged on my 2500 truck running 70lbs. psi, pulling 35ft fiver!
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:53 PM
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Hey, can you post up the ebay seller info here? I've read that there are so many fake/faulty ones out there, even on Amazon. It's always good to buy from one upon reference.

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I have BMWhat App and agree it is awesome! I have a 2013 328 coupe and already have made several config changes (main one turning off seatbelt chime! ) I went the little more expensive route because of feedback in other forums about this adapter. I wanted a OBD WiFi connector that was consistent, not "flakey". This one works perfectly every time. Also, works with Engine Link App for monitoring real time.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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Old 06-23-2014, 02:35 PM
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i checked out the vGate product - so does it support both Bluetooth and WiFi??

Did a quick check on google, Newegg also carries it for $30 bucks shipped, saving $5 over the Amazon ;-)

Thanks for the input...
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:44 PM
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Just WiFi. I have a iPhone 5S so I cannot use Bluetooth (Apple limitation). WiFi connection works great. It is basically its own router and you connect your phone directly to it. Gotta love NewEgg!

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i checked out the vGate product - so does it support both Bluetooth and WiFi??

Did a quick check on google, Newegg also carries it for $30 bucks shipped, saving $5 over the Amazon ;-)

Thanks for the input...

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I dont understand very well . Lol

I have a 2006 330i
I can buy the bmwhat app. Its no problem. But what usb do i have to buy ? And where do i link the usb to ? The cars obd2 plug ? The phone ?

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Old 06-23-2014, 09:29 PM
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This app sounds great, what other things can we code in our cars (2011 335is, so should be Coding compatible I assume)? Is there an option list somewhere. The video on the developers site looks to have the software all in German, does it also display in English?


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This app sounds great, what other things can we code in our cars (2011 335is, so should be Coding compatible I assume)? Is there an option list somewhere. The video on the developers site looks to have the software all in German, does it also display in English?

There's a coding forum here and boards devoted to coding - full access is described and it is extensive. Cables available.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:13 AM
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2009 328i xdrive. Got my wifi dongle from ebay seller cablewirecanada, shipped from Delaware. It works better if you are not around any other source of wifi and your bluetooth is turned off.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:23 AM
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Here is the list from the developer of BMWhat that shows the current list of coding options:

http://www.ivini-apps.com/coding.html

I have 2013 328 coupe, so I would assume everything that I can code, you should be able to as well. Wish I had a 335is to code.

The app is in English (but developed out of Germany)

ECU's detected on my car:



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Has anyone use this to code 2014 f31? Website says that is still in development. Thanks!


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Old 06-24-2014, 07:12 AM
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Not yet, my wife has F30, tried it, but no ECU's detected (no coding ability for now)

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I installed the lite version, but don't see a 328i listed anywhere. Am I missing something, or is the 328 not compatible? Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:19 AM
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Me too - i installed the lite version, but couldn't see 2011 335ix N55 there - only N54 though

The website does state that the diagnose tool would work on my model, but how about the "coding" part? And "coding" is the only reason I want this app...

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I see a selection "get model from car". Maybe I need to choose this so the app can see what model it is when it connects....
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Very cool, all kinds of interesting options. Even if I don't code the ability to read fault codes will be useful.

Has anybody ever gotten flak from the dealers on changing the settings and it affecting their warranties? My understanding is that this is just changing the on/off for features, not actually flashing the ECU and resetting anything.


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Yes, use that option, "get model from car".

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Old 06-24-2014, 09:58 AM
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The android app is $59
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I also didn't see a 328i option, so I contacted the developer and he said, "please don't use the universal, as you wont be able to code. The app pretty much ignores most of your choices anyway and gets the correct information directly from the car." I have a 2009 328i xdrive, so I tried the models closest to this and the 335i xdrive worked for me. Since there are no engine coding options yet, the rest is pretty much the same.
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