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I want to be able to diagnose and code my 335i (including registering the battery). just learning all the cool features coding can do. is there an affordable one out there that can do all that and still be used on other cars like Camrys or Hondas to help family with their cars. if not im looking at the carly gen 2. I hear it has everything I want but its just for bmws and select few other luxury cars, and would that be better than the Bavarian.
 

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The Foxwell NT510 and NT520 will do battery registering and other similar maintenance things, but not real coding. It's also a general ODB tool and you can buy extra support for lots of other makes. That's the same as the BMW Scan Tool on ESCTuning. It seems worthwhile have a specific tool that always ready to go in case of needing an immediate repair.

Most people do coding with a laptop and a USB to DCAN/ODB adapter using BMW's software - ISTA, etc. Look on Amazon for BMW scan cables, for instance. Some appear to be better than other and you find more info on this forum under "BMW Coding and Programming". Other forums have a lot of good information, too.
 

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45 dollars for a bimmergeeks cable download and intsall
the software on your PC . Your time to set up install and learn
the software.

It does everything on a BMW its not for other cars .

Go to the e90 post coding subforum for help if needed.

diagnostic manual ista/inpa
https://bimmerprofs.com/diagnostics-inpa-part-1/
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct...istad_en.pdf&usg=AOvVaw07T_NaCfxo19teM9vkTF-C
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct...r-manual.pdf&usg=AOvVaw0lXHagfk7x8H3pN8h1fMuF
https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2324032-What-can-ISTA-P-actually-do

Stuff that works well accross a large range of cars is pretty much only practical for shops that
pay 1000's of bucks and I doubt they work that well.

You can by a bluetooth dongle and download the torque app for a generic code reader that will work
for general diagnostics and clearing codes.(works on any car with OBD PORT.cost maybe 25 bucks now

So cost wise it be under 100 bucks for both if you already have a PC
Also bimmergeeks has a phone app now for canned coding and diagnostics.
They sell the software in packages I think that gets up into the 100 to 200 dollar range
but if you have your phone you have your scanner pretty much.
See reviews on the e90post coding subforum.
 

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:thumbup: Good info. Thanks
 

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I have both the ECS Tuning (by Foxwell) scan tool for BMW, and the Carly for BMW scan tool.

I think the ECS scan tool is faster for reading OBD and BMW-specific trouble codes. It is a stand-alone tool, and does not require a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It is mostly for diagnosis, and cannot really do much coding.

The Carly for BMW can do some coding, and is easier to use than ISTA/INPA, in my opinion. It also works for scanning trouble codes, but it is a bit slower than the ECS tool. Updates are automatic. It requires a smartphone or compatible tablet. I use an iPad.

Remember that coding can be lost any time the dealer (or BMW independent shop) updates the software in your car. This is why I try to keep my coding relatively simple.

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