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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 12-29-2012, 10:12 AM
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hello I would like to know what woud be the best code reader to purchace for my 2000 528i there are so many out there its confusing thanks
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:23 AM
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If you want to read just generic codes, any good-quality scan tool will suffice.

If you want to read BMW-specific codes, the price jumps by a factor of 20 or more.

I have an AutoXray EZ Scan 6000. Very well-made tool. It decodes the code into English, and displays real-time data, sometimes useful for diagnostics.

Actron makes a nice tool, too, but I have no experience with it.

If I needed one now, I'd buy the 7000: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...xray%20scanner

I'd stay away from Harbor Freight Tools.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:23 PM
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hello I would like to know what woud be the best code reader to purchace for my 2000 528i there are so many out there its confusing thanks
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:28 AM
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I use the Peake tool and it's worked well for me.
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The term "Best" is equal to how much $$$ you want to spend. Really. Starting with a Harbor Fright $15 reader to a $700 laptop set up like http://www.bavariantechnic.com/default.aspx



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