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BMW ICOM or K+DCAN cable or ENET cable

Any cost-effective DIY solution of BMW diagnostic/coding/programming?

Yes, first you should know which a BMW ICOM cable you need: K+DCAN or ENET or ICOM A2/ ICOM Next.

  INPA K+DCAN cable

(switch mode)

BMW ENET cable BMW ICOM

(ICOM A2, ICOM Next)

Image  bmw-enet-esys  bmw-inpa-k-can-cable bmw-icom-next-wifi
Price $17.99 $11.99 $300 around
Vehicle For Exx cars For Fxx cars For ALL Exx & Fxx cars

(BMW E, F, G, I, Alpina series cars, MINI and Rolls-Royce from 1985 – 2017)

Software Inpa 5.0.2

Ediabas

E sys 3.23.4

Psdzdata

Ista-D

Ista-P

BMW ETK
BMW KSD
INPA

NCS Expert

WinKFP

E-Sys 3.27.1

BMW AiCoder

BMW FSC code generator

Diagnostic Yes Yes Yes
Coding Yes Yes Yes
Programming No Yes Yes


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 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:

 

BMW 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 ICOM A.

 

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.

INPA K-CAN vs. D-can vs. BMW ICOM Cables

Here we discuss the differences of K can vs D can cables vs Icom emulators, ideas of what the hardware&software, protocol, car and function differences.

 

BMW tools ICOM(icom, icom a2, icom next) INPA K+DCAN cable
DCAN K-line
Cars New and old BMW vehicles:E & F series up to 2017

 

Old BMW E series (1998 – 2008) 
Cars after 03/2007 Cars prior to 03/2007:K-Line was used from 1997 onwards by BMW replacing the old L-Line up consistently up until the end of 2006
Software Updating continuously:ISTA-D 4.05.32 ISTA-P 3.61.5 

Inpa/Ediabas, Ncs expert, Winkfp, E-sys, ETK, Easyconnect, Itoolradar, BMW standard tool, coding database, coding tool

 

Never updated:INPA 5.0.2/Ediabas

 

Never updated:INPA 5.0.2/Ediabas

 

Speed best speeds should be through an ICOM with the MOST adapter theoretically faster, but in reality, it isn’t actually much better speeds
Stability a lot more stable esp. when it comes to programming less stable less stable
Diagnostic Yes Yes Yes
Programming/Flashing used with diagnosis and also programming not safe to program modules not safe to program modules
Coding Read/Write zero issues R/W with a K&DCAN cable R/W with a K&DCAN cable
Protocol fast protocol, allows to secure flash software and read/write access the entire memory slow serial protocol, flashing would take ages and errors could occur. Also, not possible to access the entire memory slow serial protocol, flashing would take ages and errors could occur. Also, not possible to access the entire memory
Similar to Similar to JTAG programming Similar to RS232 bootloader access Similar to RS232 bootloader access
Tips BMW ICOM can be used with diagnosis and also programming. While DCAN cable can do all of those it is not safe to program modules because there have been a lot of cases where modules were bricked. You can only get your 1B file using FSC generator with ICOM on an E series car but cannot generate 1B file using a DCAN cable since it will give you an error. There is another way though of getting your 1B file without using an ICOM on an E series through the USB port inside your glovebox accessing the hard drive directly. Rather than going through all those stuff, it is more convenient to just buy the lifetime FSC code and be done with it. 

You program a module if you want to update the software to a newer one or if you a retrofitting a new module and want to flash it. ICOM is a lot more stable than dcan cable when it comes to programming. And you are right there are modules that takes hours to finish and any interruption in the process will surely brick that module. You can get a cheap china clone ICOM but finding a refutable vendor selling a good working ICOM is not easy.

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BMW ICOM ISTA-D 4.02 ISTA-P 3.60 Windows 7 HDD

Latest V2016.12 BMW ICOM Software ISTA-D 4.02.12 ISTA-P 3.60.0.600 With Engineer programming windows 7 hard drive is released in obdii365.com.

 

Works along with BMW ICOM, BMW ICOM A2, BMW ICOM A3, BMW ICOM Next

 

BMW ICOM Software Version:

ISTA-D 4.02.12
ISTA-P 3.60.0.600
VIN: 2016.9.12
Not connected 9000 days remaining

BMW ETK: 2016.12
BMW KSD 09.2016 Multilanguage
With free BMW Engineer Software (INPA, NCS, WinKFP, E-Sys 3.27.1, Psdzdata 59.0), BMW FSC code generator and BMW AiCoder

Multi-language available in diagnosing, programming and TIS diagram circuit: American English, British English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Czech, Swedish, Dutch, Indian, Greek, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai.

BMW ICOM System Requirements:

Dual-core processor, better above I3; over 4G of memory

Supported Model:

We recommend you use this ICOM Software with Lenovo ThinkPad: T61, T400, T410, T420, T430, X61, X200, X201, X220 X230 and other laptop with Intel chipset, such as I3 I5 / I7 series.

 

2016.12V BMW ICOM ISTA-D 4.02 ISTA-P 3.60 Software Display:

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ICOM A2 and ICOM D best for BMW Motorcycle troubleshoots

Customer:

I wanna a new diagnostic tool for my motorcycle club. Most of them are BMW models like K 1300 S, R 1200 RS, S 1000 RR, K 1600 GT… The tool needs for basic diagnosis (read & clear faults) and programming sometimes. Any useful tips of this?

 

Engineer:

For BMW motorcycle diagnostics and programming, we usually offer three options to you:

1- BMW ICOM A2 + ICOM D interface (BEST)

2- MOTO BMW Motorcycle-specific diagnostic scanner

3- GS-911 scanner for BMW motorcycle

4- MOTO 7000TW Motorcycle Scanner

(if you can’t search tools above at obd365.com, please contact the customer service via “Chat online” at the top right column)

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Generally, we strongly recommend you to choose ICOM A2 + ICOM D… Kind of expensive but most people use this kit. So far, it is the TOP 1 in the BMW motor diagnostics list, with the most powerful & stable function and the best reputation. ICOM A2 and ICOM D do well in diagnostic and programming. A cool BMW motor deserves the best diagnostic kit.

 

But, if you really cannot afford to ICOM A2 + ICOM D for diagnosis, we suggest you try the cheap kit – INPA K+DCAN cable and ICOM D. Attention only for diagnosis, not programming!

 

Ps. K+DCAN Cable & ICOM D BMW DIY Motorcycle diagnosis

 

Here, some customer feedback via pics:

This user use BMW ICOM A2 ista/p + ICOM D to do flash programming on BMW motorrad k1300s

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BMW E-sys disable M5 ASD Active Sound Design

Here are two ways to disable Active Sound Design on M5 by coding with BMW ICOM A2 + E-sys interface, or by removing the ASD module from the trunk.

 

Method 1 – coding with BMW ICOM emulator

Connect to your car

esys-disable-ASD (1)

Choose target chassis F010

esys-disable-ASD (2)

Read FA

esys-disable-ASD (3)

Read SVT

esys-disable-ASD (4)

Right click on the ASD module -> “Read Coding data

then right click on the CAFD and “Edit”.

Enter your PIN and edit the following parameters: (Disable Active Sound Design Values)

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Save the changes, click back, “Activate FA” and “Code FDL

Disabling ASD complete.

 

Note: This mod should work on all BMW F10 M5 cars

 

Method II – removing the ASD Module

Turn down the back seat. You have to remove the covers on the floor (the big one) and the left one. You also have to lift the rubber seal a little beat so that you can remove the backplane.

Almost everything is fixed with press buttons which you can remove safely. Finally you can use them again to put everything together.

After you remove the left cover you have access to the ASD module. Just unplug the connector and fix it with a cable strap.

We’re currently working on a switch/button to enable/disable ASD from the rear trunk

ASD with the original exhaust is fine.

 

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Conclusion:

It is pretty invasive and done by removing the ASD module from the trunk; while it`s much easier to disable ASD by coding with E-sys software and the car will remain stock, in case you want to sell it you can always revert back to the default settings in 5 minutes. Some people like the feeling of having your head under the hood, and the sound gets even louder when changing on Sport and Sport+ modes.

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