MarkH
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BimmerCode vs something better

Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:07 pm

Can someone please let me know the sort of things that BimmerCode can't do that a more elaborate system can.

I'm trying to figure out what option it might make sense for me to get.
I understand that a BimmerCode adapter will cost around $50. What does the app cost?

I believe the other options are a few hundred - and want to understand a bit about what extra capabilities they have.

bwilson4web
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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:50 pm

They may be able to read engineering data like battery temperature, cell/module voltages, oil pressure, and spark advance (for REx.)

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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:46 pm

MarkH wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:07 pm
I understand that a BimmerCode adapter will cost around $50.
That seems too high. I bought my OBD-WiFi adapter for ~$20 from Amazon. However, that was a couple of years ago.
MarkH wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:07 pm
What does the app cost?
The license fee for the iOS version was $27. The Android version was a bit more expensive.
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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:59 am

If you want to go down the pirated software rabbit-hole, an ENET cable is about $15 and you can do everything including adding software features/options that your car didn't come with (like TJA). Not for the faint of heart, and certainly way more dangerous than Bimmercode if you make a mistake.....
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MarkH
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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:36 pm

OK, thanks for the replies.
I was talking NZ$ - so maybe about right.
Is the $27 an annual or a one-off fee?

With the BimmerCode, can you read error codes?
Can you re-set them?

MagicCarpet
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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:23 pm

vreihen's reply is right, it can be done with Esys but is a lot of sweat and risk - the software is on MegaNZ and the cable NZ$15 at ebay.com/itm/322552801164

I did it this way because someone said the NZ maps wont work on a Japan spec car
This is still a work in progress

I believe iCarly is a similar app to BimmerCode

Actually if you just want to reset codes an ordinary OBD2 bluetooth dongle and App called ELM327 should do

vreihen
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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:36 am

Bimmercode cannot do OBD-II diagnostics or clear codes, but the dongle that it needs can be used with other software since that is actually what it is intended to be used for.....
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MarkH
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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:44 pm

Thanks for your replies.
I've ordered a VeePeek ODB thingy from eBay and will take it from there.
Won't be trying anything that might cause me break my i3 !

KrisM
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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:07 am

I have both, Bimmercode and Esys.

Bimmercode is good for fast coding some gadgets, with Esys you can do a lot more, there is plenty of reading stuff about that subject on
the www. A good starting point is bmwcoding.com.

MarkH
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Re: BimmerCode vs something better

Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:06 pm

I have Bimmercode working with my Veepeak BLE ODB through an Android phone.
Works well.
A review I read said that CarScanner was a good app for reading and resetting error codes.
I have installed it but it doesn't appear to be compatible with the i3.

This thread mentions ESYS, but I can't find that on Google Play and suspect that it is more a laptop programme.
Are there other scan tool apps (for Android) that are suitable?

Trying to find a way to turn off the warning sound associated with the rear (or any) parking sensors.

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