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Does the E46 330Ci have an OBDII connector for access to the ECU? As in:http://www.autotap.com/faq.html
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Every BMW since the 1996 model year has been OBD II.
sechscylinder said:
Does the E46 330Ci have an OBDII connector for access to the ECU? As in:http://www.autotap.com/faq.html
:dunno:
Where's the connector and what does it look like?
isnt teh connector in teh cabin. drivers side under teh dash kind of on the side of the footwell where teh dead pedal is...? :dunno:
sechscylinder said:
Where's the connector and what does it look like?
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Under the hood, near the engine there is a round thing with a screw top. Unscrew it to reveal the "outlet" you plug into.





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sechscylinder said:
Where's the connector and what does it look like?
So then it's not an OBDII connector...... Hmmmmmm
My 2002 has an OBDC connector in the cabin. I've used obd-2 ( www.obd-2.com ) on a laptop to access engine codes and other parameters. Remember though you can't access other modules or adapt anything.
The OBDII connector and its basic functions have been mandatory on all production cars sold in the US since 1996. It is NOT the roundy connector that BMW has traditionally used until recently, and must be in the passenger compartment, as one of the government requirements is that the connector not be more than 2ft away from the reach of the driver. I don't know if it was mandatory for existing car models to be completely redesigned in 96 to accomodate this so it might be possible that E36s for example require an adapter and cable that plugs into the roundy plug.

On a E46, the OBDII DLC is under a flip-open hatch under the dash above the footrest. In fact, starting with MY01, I believe, the old roundy plug has been completely replaced and BMW proprietary functions are also accessed through the OBDII DLC. This also eliminiates the need for the now-ubiquitous SI reset tool, as it no longer fits anywhere, and the reset procedure can be done with your ignition key and the odo reset button or something.

I've used Vehicle Explorer with it as well and although it doesn't have every function available through it like GMs and Fords, its enough to be useful.
All that was said above is correct according to the guy at the comapny that sells the product I was looking at getting. The software accesses features through the OBDII connector under the drivers side dash. However, it is limited to only doing read functions, unlike the Vag-Com software (www.ross-tech.com), that I am currently using on my VW. It can change various settings also. Anybody know if this type of software is available for BMWs?:banghead:
ODBC? Really? Is there a Jet connector as well? :p :lmao:
VelvetFoot said:
My 2002 has an OBDC connector in the cabin. I've used obd-2 ( www.obd-2.com ) on a laptop to access engine codes and other parameters. Remember though you can't access other modules or adapt anything.
AFAIK, the only thing I know of other than DIS and MoDIC that can access BMW-specific functions is the Assenmacher Retriever, which is something like $3k with the proper modules.
sechscylinder said:
All that was said above is correct according to the guy at the comapny that sells the product I was looking at getting. The software accesses features through the OBDII connector under the drivers side dash. However, it is limited to only doing read functions, unlike the Vag-Com software (www.ross-tech.com), that I am currently using on my VW. It can change various settings also. Anybody know if this type of software is available for BMWs?:banghead:
SQL Server for E46... coming soon from Microsoft.
webguy330i said:


ODBC? Really? Is there a Jet connector as well? :p :lmao:
Will I have to hook my car up to the Internet to start it each morning? :rolleyes:
Pete Teoh said:


SQL Server for E46... coming soon from Microsoft.
No, but make sure you always have a CD with the latest service release and patches ready to go.
webguy330i said:


Will I have to hook my car up to the Internet to start it each morning? :rolleyes:
What's going to be the cost for a Software Assurance license for upgrades? And how long can I get it for? I plan on driving the rest of my life, so can I just let M$ own me for that long of a duration? That would really be the easiest solution.
Kaz said:


No, but make sure you always have a CD with the latest service release and patches ready to go.
HELLO!!!! This was ment to be a serious thread!
:thumbdwn: :banghead: :flipoff:
You can't stop the threadjack!! :D
sechscylinder said:
HELLO!!!! This was ment to be a serious thread!
:thumbdwn: :banghead: :flipoff:
Hey, sechscylinder, I guess we didn't realize how good we had it, from one point of view anyway. Uwe did say that his wife wants a BMW!
Since the post count won't go up on the off topic threads guess where the off topics go??? :lmao:

I just had to post on an Obdii thread. :angel:
sechscylinder said:
HELLO!!!! This was ment to be a serious thread!
:thumbdwn: :banghead: :flipoff:
Uwe has ordered a BMW 325i, and has said that he will be developing something for it in the near future. I am thinking about combining that with this: www.gnetcanada.com
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