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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Mar-10-2017, 07:08:46 PM   #1
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Default It's 2017, what data scanners is everyone using?

I'm looking for something beyond just basic emissions scanning, I'd like to scan all systems in the car. Any suggestions?
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Default Re: It's 2017, what data scanners is everyone using?

ELM327 from Ebay ($6) using BlueTooth to an old Galaxy S4 Android phone running the TorquePro app ($1).
I'm sure I could spend more but I don't have a reason yet.
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Default Re: It's 2017, what data scanners is everyone using?

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I'm looking for something beyond just basic emissions scanning, I'd like to scan all systems in the car. Any suggestions?
You have two choices...DIS 57 or INPA 6.43...since you have a 99M3.
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Default Re: It's 2017, what data scanners is everyone using?

These need a 16 to 20 pin adapter right?
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Default Re: It's 2017, what data scanners is everyone using?

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These need a 16 to 20 pin adapter right?
No, OBD2 carries all the necessary engine related data... that's why OBD2 is OBD2. Only unrelated modules are inaccessible through that OBD2 port.
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No, OBD2 carries all the necessary engine related data... that's why OBD2 is OBD2. Only unrelated modules are inaccessible through that OBD2 port.
What if I want to access everything through the 20 pin port?
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You have two choices...DIS 57 or INPA 6.43...since you have a 99M3.
Not sure because US spec, but for E36's I use Inpa 3.x.x.

Newer versions lack some older scripts.
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What if I want to access everything through the 20 pin port?
A true ads setup. Some modules, like ABS/ASC and Kombi (gauge cluster) need both RxD and TxD lines.

Others are the OBC, CVM and remote control module, the latter not found on US spec cars.

DME/Airbag/EWS/PDC/SMG/ABS (without ASC) don't need an ads setup.
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A true ads setup. Some modules, like ABS/ASC and Kombi (gauge cluster) need both RxD and TxD lines.

Others are the OBC, CVM and remote control module, the latter not found on US spec cars.

DME/Airbag/EWS/PDC/SMG/ABS (without ASC) don't need an ads setup.
Where did you find that version of INPA software?
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Default Re: It's 2017, what data scanners is everyone using?

Sorry I read this as wanting engine data. You are looking for full a full diagnostic scanner.

You want an INPA setup. A USB variant is more than enough for your needs. If you want to expand into module coding you will need a laptop with a serial port and an ADS cable.

I can set you up with a full INPA configured laptop and USB cable if you want.
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