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I'm pretty tech savvy, looking to get the tool that plugs from my car to USB. I looked online and read through threads. Wheres the best place to buy one from, and whats the exact name im looking for?

PA Soft 1.4?
 

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Before buying anything, I'd suggest reading this first:
- Making sense of the most often recommended BMW diagnostic tools & cable interfaces (1) & BMW factory & dealer programming, coding, and diagnostic software such as INPA, EDIABAS, NCS Expert, DIS, EasyDIS, Progman (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) & related BMW diagnostic-tool forums (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

The key thread above is for the E39 but almost all of it applies to the E46, including the software.

However, there is an E46 equivalent thread on this forum, which you can easily find using the search button.

See also:
- What happens if you don't code your VIN into a new/salvage ABS control module (1)
 

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I am lookin for a tool as well and I have noticed that carsoft has two variations one is on ebay and or Amazon for like 40 bux but the reviews are rubbish. Like viruses and not being able to install the program. However the carsoft website has great reviews but the unit I'm looking to buy is almost 400 $. . is it all its cracked up to be. Easy to install/use or am I just going to waste my money

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Don't buy it...its junk...mine worked twice....never again....many complaints of connection issues even after installing it using directions....i ended up ripped mine out and smashing it on the floor after two days of trying to get it to work.....its in caps cuz im mad!
 

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PA Soft will not work on 2003 e39 530i for some reason but will work on prior years through the odb port. The 2003 e39 only has odb2 port and for some reason you will continuously get failure to connect to ike and ews. Updating to 1.4.09 does not help must be some other underlying issue and it has nothing to do with the jumpering within pasoft interface tool.
 
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