bkhz24
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Coding in SLC, Utah

Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:01 pm

Hello,

I just bought a 2015 i3 Rex and I’m trying to see if anyone has someone or know someone in the SLC area that can code. I want to do a bunch of things but don’t feel comfortable doing them on my own or know which program to go with. I would prefer paying someone to do it but I can’t find anyone.

Let me know if you know of anyone in SLC.

Thanks!

jadnashuanh
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Location: Nashua, NH USA

Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:42 pm

The Bimmercode app really is pretty simple. It can't do everything that some of the other methods can, but there is almost no learning curve, and the app and required OBD II adapter are both available for less than $50 total. The app's author is constantly adding things to the 'simple' mode, and the expert mode is still there if you feel comfortable working in that (plus, it does a backup, so you can go back if you don't get the results you want). Keep in mind, 'coding' a BMW is done by flipping 'switches' already in the software...the basic code is not changed. Then, if the car goes in for service, you can restore your preferences without having to pay someone all over again. Almost any software update done by the dealership will reset everything to factory defaults, so having the ability to restore your preferences is a good idea.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

bkhz24
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Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:41 pm

That is good to know. I have just seen coding places that can do a lot more than the apps I have looked into. I’ll probably just do the app and watch a YouTube video. Thanks for the insight and your help!

bkhz24
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Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:47 pm

I want to unlock the full gas tank and also the hold state of charge but can’t find it in the app. Can I do it with this app?

jadnashuanh
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Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:24 pm

bkhz24 wrote:I want to unlock the full gas tank and also the hold state of charge but can’t find it in the app. Can I do it with this app?

Others have, from what I've read, but I do not know the details. I have a BEV, so haven't looked. You may need to go into expert mode, but make sure you have the latest update to the app. IF you have a Facebook account, or are willing to sign in, there's a fairly active i3 coding group on there that can probably give you the details. Also, do a search here, as the topic has been discussed.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

joeblow
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Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:32 pm

Did you ever get this done or do it yourself? I am in Park City and would love to see what you did.

TheMK
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Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:45 pm

joeblow wrote:Did you ever get this done or do it yourself? I am in Park City and would love to see what you did.


I live in the SLC area, and coded my car for a few things. I first coded the REx, for hold state of charge, and increased tank capacity. I also coded in AM radio, door handle LEDs while reversing, lower lock confirmation volume, and Traffic Jam Assist (Let's the active cruise control also steer the car under certain circumstances), and start the car up in Eco Pro mode.

joeblow
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Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:39 pm

Do you think this is pretty easy for a laymen to do? I know I will need the cord and some software. Still waiting for my facebook group join in but hoping for an even easier step by step guide.

PBNB
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Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:01 pm

I picked up the one of the recommended Bluetooth devices from the bimmercode website as well as the app.

It was very simple to change things.

I was looking for the Hold State of Charge and the removing the gas tank size limit. I did a bunch of other things like turning on the AM radio, some alarm settings and brightened the LED city lights.

I was able to use this setup to work with our Honda and a friends F350. I haven't tried it on the Mini but I expect that it will work to some degree on that car as well.

If you are unsure, just do one change at a time and try it out to see if you like it.

Our 2015 Rex came from California. We picked it up last summer with 12k miles on it. So far we are having good luck with it.
2015 i3 REX

jadnashuanh
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Re: Coding in SLC, Utah

Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:25 pm

One thing to keep in mind when coding is that if your car goes in for service, and they need to do anything with the software to fix it, it will come back with the stock, default functionality, so you'll have to redo things. For this reason, it's probably easier to have the ability to do it yourself. Some of the people that do it for you will redo it for free, but not always, and then, you may have to wait rather than doing it yourself. There haven't been many recent software fixes, but if you need to replace a module for some reason, they will probably need to redo the software to complete the repair and you'll be back at square one.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

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