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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 06-03-2015, 11:14 AM
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looking for a scan tool

For a 06 530i. It would be nice if it would also handle ABS and SRS. What should I be looking at?

I've also got an 02 Isuzu Trooper and an 08 Mercedes e550. I suppose it would be too much to ask for one scanner to cover all bases but could I get close for around $250? My son's car needs the most help so priority would be the 530i.

I'm a decent wrench turner but pretty confused about the diagnostics of these modern cars.

If anyone can steer me toward a, "Scan tool 101" overview just to acquaint myself with the concepts and acronyms I'd appreciate that too.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:58 PM
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I've heard of AutoEnginuity, but I don't actually know anything about it.

For $250, though, you could probably get three separate tools that would individually work better than a single tool.

For the BMW, the best option these days seems to be BMWhat (iPhone/Android app and wired or wireless OBD II adapter).
For the MB, you should consider MercWhat (from the same people who created BMWhat). I thought they had a new bluetooth adapter that would work with both BMWhat and MercWhat, but I don't see anything on their website about that now.

Their adapters are anywhere from $40 - $75, depending on your phone. Some people have found cheaper ones that work. The apps are around $50 each (you'd need both the BMW and the Mercedes app).

I'd expect the Trooper to be ok with a cheap generic scan tool from AutoZone, but I know next to nothing about Isuzus.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:58 PM
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I've heard of AutoEnginuity, but I don't actually know anything about it.

For $250, though, you could probably get three separate tools that would individually work better than a single tool.

For the BMW, the best option these days seems to be BMWhat (iPhone/Android app and wired or wireless OBD II adapter).
For the MB, you should consider MercWhat (from the same people who created BMWhat). I thought they had a new bluetooth adapter that would work with both BMWhat and MercWhat, but I don't see anything on their website about that now.

Their adapters are anywhere from $40 - $75, depending on your phone. Some people have found cheaper ones that work. The apps are around $50 each (you'd need both the BMW and the Mercedes app).

I'd expect the Trooper to be ok with a cheap generic scan tool from AutoZone, but I know next to nothing about Isuzus.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:04 PM
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Thanks,
I looked it up on line and it does look handy. I need to ask a few more questions of the manufacturer but it seems like a likely solution.
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Old 06-03-2015, 05:57 PM
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A close friend of mine actually works for AutoEnginuity in the tech support department. The tool is ok and ever evolving but if you do not have any experience with scan tools or know what you are looking at it is not for the average Diyer. You will need to purchase the base package, which is only generic OBD II, and then also purchase the BMW package which is ~$250. You will need to purchase other packages additionally for what ever make it is you want to work on so the price adds up quick. I have an AutoEnginuity with every module except Ferrari and also an Autel Maxisys Pro. Between these 2 platforms I can diagnose 98% of the European cars that come in. I have a lot of other scan tools also but they are all OE tools. I can't justify the cost of OE BMW and MB tools though as they run $10,000 plus and that doesn't include the cost of yearly subscriptions.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:53 PM
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That would be too spendy for my wallet although I'm sure it would be a superior tool. Has anyone used the icarsoft scanner? It seems to have about everything I would need and it's only a hundred bucks.
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