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Old 01-02-2013, 10:04 AM
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INPA or Bavarian Technic

Happy New Year! I am in the market for a code reader to reset an airbag light. I have a 2006 3.0si Z4. I have two in mind and would like your input as to which would be the better option. I know the BT is around $300 and good for 3 VIN's and fairly user friendly. The INPA is much cheaper $20-$50 but less user friendly. However, I am fairly computer literate and comfortable around the technical side of things.

If I just want to get the airbag light and reset the code, is the INPA the better option?

Thanks in advance,

Jerry
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:58 PM
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I use INPA. Once you get it installed properly and use it, you start to figure out what it is trying to do and it get rather easy.

I also have the AutoEnginutiy with BMW extras. INPA beats is hands down for what you can monitor/control and reset on the car.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:45 PM
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Thanks Shipkiller. I really appreciate all of the advice you give on the forums. I have learned a ton just reading through the multiple posts. After a little additional research, I found that the software only works on computers with a 32 bit operating system. Unfortunately, both of ours are 64 bit. I will either have to find a loner 32 bit laptop or go with the BT. Thanks again for your post.

Jerry
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:20 PM
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INPA.... WILL work on Win7 64. My primary diagnostic laptop is running Win7 64 and it works great. The only piece of software (I know of) that does not run on a 64bit system is NCS Expert, which is the software you use for coding/recoding which you will not use very often....

I do have a VM that run 32bit XP on it so I can do coding...

I have a full INPA install on the Win7 side, I just don't use NCS Expert, and a full install on the VM. I can switch to and from at will.

DO NOT use WinXP mode VM from Microsoft. While it works, it runs VERY slowly.. VMWare runs rings around XP mode...
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:39 AM
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I found a good deal on a BT on Craigslist. I was amazed at how easy and user-friendly the BT was. My airbag light was diagnosed and erased within a couple of minutes. The code it threw was ZKO. I did a lot of Googling, but didn't come up with much information other than it might be a loose wire/connection in the steering wheel. After 4 days, the light hasn't come back on so I am hoping it stays that way! Just glad to have that stupid yellow light off for the time being. Once I have some more time, I plan to explore the software a bit further. If the light doesn't come back on, I might sell the BT and come out close to even. Better than paying $120 to have the dealership for a 2 minute job.

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