What is the best diagnostic tool for BMW

Diagnosing problems with your BMW is impossible unless you use a specific diagnostic BMW scan tool.

BMWs have an unusual configuration in the OBD-II serial parts. Thus, they don’t work consistently with a non-BMW scan tool.

The OBD-II system gives extra information that can be read by a BMW Diagnostic Tool that has the specific software.

7 Best BMW Scan Tools

1. US$175 – V2019.07 BMW ICOM Next BMW ICOM A2 A3 BMW Professional Diagnostic Tool

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BMW ICOM NEXT A+B+C supports all BMW software,be good at fiber programming and replaces BMW ICOM A2 perfectly. The new generation software can perform programming and coding for all BMW E/ F/ G series cars

2. US$228 – Cheapest BMW ICOM A2+B+C Diagnostic & Programming TOOL 2019.07 Engineers Version

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BMW ICOM A2+B+C Diagnostic & Programming TOOL supports BMW All series diagnose and programming for BMW Cars, For BMW Motorcycle, For Rolls-Royce, For Mini Cooper.

3. US$688 – BMW ICOM A2 BMW Diagnostic Programming Tool With V2019.07 Engineers software Plus EVG7 Tablet PC Ready to Use

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BMW ICOM A2+B+C For with V2019.07 ISTA-D 4.18.12 ISTA-P 3.66.1.002 Software HDD and EVG7 DL46/HDD500GB/DDR4GB Diagnostic Controller Tablet PC, installed for you ready to use.

4. US$799 – BMW ICOM NEXT A + B + C with 2019.07V Software Plus EVG7 4GB Diagnostic Controller Tablet PC

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This is the package offer for BMW ICOM next A+B+C for with 2019.07V Software Plus EVG7 Diagnostic Controller Tablet PC, buy them together, save you a lot.Our engineer can install and test ok for you to use.

5. US$568 – BMW ICOM NEXT A+B+C New Generation OF ICOM A2 BMW Diagnostic Tool With 2019.07V Engineers software Plus Lenovo T410
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This is the package offer for BMW ICOM next A+B+C for with 2019.07V Software Plus Lenovo T410, buy them together, save you a lot.Our engineer can install and test ok for you to use.

6. US$558 – BMW ICOM NEXT A+B+C New Generation OF ICOM A2 With 2019.07V Engineers software Plus Dell D630 Laptop Ready to Use

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This is the package offer for BMW ICOM next A+B+C for with 2019.07V Software Plus ell D630 Lapto, buy them together, save you a lot.Our engineer can install and test ok for you to use.

7. US$399 – Best Quality BMW ICOM A3+B+C+D Professional Diagnostic Tool with Free Wifi and V2019.07 Engineers software

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New BMW ICOM A3 Professional Diagnostic Tool Hardware Get Free WifiThis is ICOM A3+B+C+D, WIFI version. Stronger stability, heat dissipation is better and better quality hardware.Light weight, small size, more compatible.

Compatible with BMW ICOM, ICOM A2, ICOM A3.ICOM PRO+A3
1. Support Multi-language: American English, British English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Czech, Swedish, Dutch, Indian, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese
2. Software Version: Newest V2019.07
3. Support Vehicles: For BMW Cars,  For  BMW Motorcycle,  For  Rolls-Royce, For  Mini Cooper
4. Support for BMW All Series Diagnose and Programming

The way to Update BMW ICOM Next Firmware

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Tip:To run ICOM Next newest Rheingold ISTA-D four.04.12 ISTA-P 3.60.2.001, ICOM Next firmware desires to be updated to the present Technique IMAGE version: 01.25.02 and existing APPLICATION IMAGE version: 1.40.05.

ICOM Next fw 1.40.05/01.25.02 update methods:

1. Please use world wide web cable to connect ICOM Subsequent together with the pc, and charge ICOM Subsequent via 12V power adapter or connect ICOM Subsequent to BMW vehicle for power.

two. Use IE Web Explorer to open http://169.254.33.45:60080/, username/password: root/NZY1150263

three. Choose “Update Firmware”, you’ll be able to see ICOM firmware version information.

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4. Pick “Browse” to pick file “ICOM-BootImage-01-25-02.bin”, set image sort as “SYSTEM”, click “Send the file”.

5. Pick “Yes” if you get prompt “Write the image file for the flash?”, then ICOM indicator light will turn red.

six. When it shows “The Technique IMAGE update was successful”, click “Update Firmware”.

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7. Pick out “ICOM-ApplicationImage-01-40-05.bin”, set image sort “APPLICATION”, click “Send the file”, this may be done in quite a few minutes please be patient.

eight. click “Yes” any time you get prompt “Write the image file to the flash?”, then the ICOM indicator light will turn red again.
Total updating, click “reboot”.

9. Click “Home” – “Update Firmware”, you are going to see ICOM Subsequent firmware display the newest version.

Tip:

Ensure your pc acquire IP address automatically.
Accomplished! Superior LUCK!

BMW ICOM Subsequent Critique: More rapidly, Far better Constructed, for Future Cars

Have some words about my new toy BMW ICOM A+B+C from China.

I am applying 2017.3 bmw computer software ISTA-D 4.04.12 ISTA-P three.60.2.001 Windows 7

i first went to ICOM Subsequent with my e38. This car was bought new in 2001 and i only have 65k miles on it however the dash was constantly lit up like a Christmas tree! since day one this car or truck had electrical concerns and every single time the dealership stated they fixed it, the same concern would pop up… the icom next helped me diagnose the issue and fixe it, with 1 hour!!

Then, i took my 2014 (f31) 328ix sport wagon, now this was the cool stuff… i had all these unique codes to do some really trick stuff to the electronics like working with the key fob to close my rear hatch, roll up the windows and sunroof, at the same time as fold mirrors when i lock the car. all my phone contacts in my heads up show … icom next is seriously a cool guy, pretty laid back and not pretentious whatsoever.

And, my friend’s 2011 128i also benefited quite a bit. It had some electrical issues, causing the radio to not function plus the speedometer, RPM, and gas gauge to all of a sudden drop and rise whilst driving. After a fast diagnostic test, I required a brand new battery along with the entertainment computer system technique had to be recoded. Within a day, all of the electrical challenges were fixed!!

In summary,

ICOM Next on obd2tool.com is more quickly than the old bmw icom. It truly is also much better built IMHO.
And 2017 Subsequent is WIFI readily available also.
It handles multiprogramming and coding very nicely.
Gets the job performed substantially faster if flashing the full car.

An additional benefit to Next are going to be compatibility for future automobiles.
In two or three years there will be a brand new ICOM released, that may be probably superior and so on. That’s how points function.

So far, I’ve had the ICOM Next A+B+C no concerns.

How to choose a BMW ICOM cable

which a BMW ICOM cable you need: K+DCAN or ENET or BMW ICOM A2/ ICOM Next?

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In summary,
It depends on your purpose (diagnostic or coding or programming) and model (Exx or Fxx or others).

For Coding, you need different Tools, NCS Expert / SP-Daten for E-Series and E-Sys / PSdZData for F-Series.
All Diagnosis and Coding can be done with cheap DCAN Cable for E-Series and cheap ENET Cable for F-Series.

For Programming (Flashing ECU’s with new Firmware), then you need ISTA/P for for both E-Series and F-Series cars, or you can use WinKFP for E-Series and E-Sys for F-Series. For E-Series Programming, you will need an BMW ICOM, but for F-Series Programming, you can use ENET Cable.

For Exx- Series:
Interface = K+DCAN Cable (OBDII to USB) or ICOM
ECU Data Files = SP-Daten
NCS Expert = Coding Software
WinKFP = Programming (Flashing) Software
EDIABAS = Low-Level ECU Communication Software used by NCS Expert & WinKFP

For Fxx- / Ixx- / Gxx-Series, Mini, & Rolls-Royce:
Interface = ENET Cable (OBDII to RJ45 Ethernet) or ICOM
ECU Data Files = PSdZData
E-Sys = Coding Software
E-Sys = Programming (Flashing) Software

About: BMW ICOM
ICOM A (also ICOM A2, ICOM A3, ICOM Next A): main interface
ICOM B: adapter for programming multimedia in E series
ICOM C: adapter for old BMW with round 20 pin diagnostic plug
ICOM D: adapter for motorcycles
ISTA+ (AKA Rheingold or ISTA-D)
DIAGNOSTICS for All Vehicles
PROGRAMMING for F/I/G/RR & MINI, but requires an ICOM
ISTA-P
PROGRAMMING traditionally for all chassis, but is being phased out by August 2017, except for legacy E-series.
Replacement ECU’s must be NEW

YOU HAVE TO KNOW before you buy ICOM A2 or ICOM A3 or ICOM Next:

ICOM NEXT vs the old ICOM

-> much faster in BMW F and G series ..
-> supports gigabit Ethernet too to be future proof, there currently is not gigabit Ethernet protocol defined yet for autos. Also it has USB3.0 instead of USB2.0 and a better wifi card.

ICOM NEXT A vs ICOM A2

-> more stable during programming
-> be necessary for the future Gbit cars
-> faster start-up times and high throughput
-> through high-performance,low-power ARM SoC
-> improved handling
-> more flexible OBD cable
-> lighted button for logs

ICOM A vs ICOM A2 vs ICOM A3

Modified ICOM A2 for vehicles with OBD access receives a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity. And robust aluminium case will help to avoid damage when using in harsh environments. It works better in cooling, runs faster and works more stable, not easier broken than older BMW ICOM A+B+C.

ICOM A3 can program all units for all BMW series expect media system, and work more stable and has stronger compatibility than ICOM A2, A1.