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      11-27-2022, 04:53 PM   #1
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Hey,

I've got a 2013 F10 535i and am looking for the most balanced option for diagnostics. I'm not too worried about the coding, I'm mainly looking for something that will help me diagnose anything that comes up on the dashboard or is wrong with the vehicle and also can register new batteries. I'm new to the BMW system and am trying to find the most viable option with least risks. I've been reading a bit on scanners and what I've come across the most is the foxwell NT510, but haven't found if it works with F series. Was hoping some of you might have some advice on options that are safe and reliable. I mainly want a handheld scanner btw but am open to other options. Also, I want to stay as cheap as possible.

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      11-27-2022, 08:35 PM   #2
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Hey,

I've got a 2013 F10 535i and am looking for the most balanced option for diagnostics. I'm not too worried about the coding, I'm mainly looking for something that will help me diagnose anything that comes up on the dashboard or is wrong with the vehicle and also can register new batteries. I'm new to the BMW system and am trying to find the most viable option with least risks. I've been reading a bit on scanners and what I've come across the most is the foxwell NT510, but haven't found if it works with F series. Was hoping some of you might have some advice on options that are safe and reliable. I mainly want a handheld scanner btw but am open to other options. Also, I want to stay as cheap as possible.

Thanks
I'm using the Foxwell NT-530 on my '16 535d and find it to be more than adequate for the task that I would undertake.
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      11-28-2022, 01:10 AM   #3
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Agreed, Foxwell works great! It reads and clears codes easily. Doesn't do intensive coding like ISTA does, but still a lot of features such battery registration and service resets. And user friendly.

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I've got the Foxwell scanner and keep it in the trunk for emergencies. I second the comment on user friendliness.

I also have ISTA on my laptop for troubleshooting the non-emergencies, because you know, I don't want to always have my laptop in my car.
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      11-29-2022, 11:42 AM   #5
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I have autophix 7910 for two years now. It does the job. I also am not concerned about coding and this unit did the brake fluid ABS flush, battery registration, and some minor reset for me without any issues. It's half the price of the Foxwell when I bought it
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I have autophix 7910 for two years now. It does the job. I also am not concerned about coding and this unit did the brake fluid ABS flush, battery registration, and some minor reset for me without any issues. It's half the price of the Foxwell when I bought it
I have thinkscan it's the best tool I have ever bought and it be updated as needed and it scans quickly and u have lot of functions and it's same cost as foxwell
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      12-10-2022, 07:29 PM   #7
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+1 for Foxwell

I have Bimnmerlink on my phone & OBD Bluetooth reader. It will read/clear all codes, register battery, read all sensor values, data log, and (my favorite feature) - allows me to have a dashboard set up so that anytime I want I can pull up a series of readings to check at a glance (such as coolant temp, transmission temp, engine oil pressure, boost pressure, battery voltage, etc).
Can upload info in pdf format to the cloud or save to phone.

Cost effective (~$35 for BimmerLink App + ~$80 for OBD Reader)

Very convienent for me as I leave the OBD reader plugged in all the time (has a low power mode) and can access car info within moments.

+1 to BimmerCode (the "sister" app that changes many common settings)
The $35 for that App is worth it just to kill the Nag Screen at startup.
Bonus for eliminating the constant seatbelt chiime.

+1 to INPA & ISTA-D for any serious diagnostics (I've been slowly learning my way around those software programs)


https://www.bimmerlink.app/

https://www.obdlink.com/products/obdlink-cx/
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Foxwell NT510 vs NT530

If you get the Foxwell, do not get the NT510 - you'll get comms issues with half of the monitoring functions on the F10 platform.

Pay a little more and get at least the Foxwell NT530.

I use my NT530 on my Porsche 911-991 as well. It's the only way to reset the annual oil service indicator...I guess I could pay the dealer for a $400 oil change to do it and reset the indicator each year....hmmmm...no, the Foxwell works just fine.

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