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Post by bfi2906 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:41 am

I've never tried "coding" a car before, so my apologies for the simplicity of my questions.

I have a 2018 M140 Auto - Is BimmerCode the best option to use?

I've had a look at BimmerCode in Demo mode, and from what I can see, there are a lot of changes that can be made in the "normal" mode, with the screens in English & easily understandable. But in "Expert" mode, it seems to be largely abbreviations / derivations of English, with German mixed in.

Is it the same in the actual app you buy? And if so, is there a "translation chart" somewhere, so the purpose of the settings can be understood?

Thanks in advance.

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Post by Wibbles » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:24 am

I would not use Bimmercode - it's a great idea but it can brick ECU's - I've had to repair many.

Loads of members use it but the fact there is no hard connection between phone & car there is always a danger the connection will drop.
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Post by bfi2906 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:29 am

Wibbles wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:24 am
I would not use Bimmercode - it's a great idea but it can brick ECU's - I've had to repair many.

Loads of members use it but the fact there is no hard connection between phone & car there is always a danger the connection will drop.
Thanks for the reply.

If not BimmerCode, what do you recommend?

And, if it drops the connection, what happens? Most modern software will pick up at an auto-save point from Cache (or some other mechanism), when the connection is re-established.

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Post by Wibbles » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:10 pm

bfi2906 wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:29 am
Wibbles wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:24 am
I would not use Bimmercode - it's a great idea but it can brick ECU's - I've had to repair many.

Loads of members use it but the fact there is no hard connection between phone & car there is always a danger the connection will drop.
Thanks for the reply.

If not BimmerCode, what do you recommend?

And, if it drops the connection, what happens? Most modern software will pick up at an auto-save point from Cache (or some other mechanism), when the connection is re-established.
It doesn't, it causes the ECU to code to default values that it would have it was bought new, causing all sorts of problems.

I had a customer over the weekend with an iDrive that had this issue, basically it didn't work until I fixed it.

I would use esys or get a professional.
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Post by jono400 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:51 pm

What do you charge for a remote coding for just the headlight voltage check and what cable would be required for a bmw e88 ?
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Post by Wibbles » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:34 pm

£30 for a basic remote session.

Get a cable from www.cable-shack.co.uk
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Post by jono400 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:51 pm

Okay thanks for that decent price. bit pricey on the cable for what could be a one time use but appreciatte so is bmw labour rates !!
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Post by Wibbles » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:56 am

jono400 wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:51 pm
Okay thanks for that decent price. bit pricey on the cable for what could be a one time use but appreciatte so is bmw labour rates !!
I don't sell the cables, so can't set the prices, sorry.
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Post by jono400 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:15 am

No appreciate that mate I know you don't was just saying that your labour charges were very fare but for a one off coding and required cable it works out fairly expensive but again as mentioned previously appreciate bmw labour rates are not cheap either !
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Post by Wibbles » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:22 am

jono400 wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:15 am
No appreciate that mate I know you don't was just saying that your labour charges were very fare but for a one off coding and required cable it works out fairly expensive but again as mentioned previously appreciate bmw labour rates are not cheap either !
i can loan out a cable for a small fee & as long as you return it I will refund the deposit.
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Post by jono400 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:25 pm

No probs mate nice idea. Will give you a shout when I get a bit money together . Thanks again.
John

P.s Any idea what coding options are available on the E88 ? . Remote softop ?
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Post by Wibbles » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:24 am

jono400 wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:25 pm
No probs mate nice idea. Will give you a shout when I get a bit money together . Thanks again.
John

P.s Any idea what coding options are available on the E88 ? . Remote softop ?
I have a list of coding options.

Remote soft top is only possible if your car has Comfort Access as an option.
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Post by jono400 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:49 pm

Okay thanks any chance off listing the options for the e88 and how would I know if my car has the comfort access option fitted ?
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Post by Wibbles » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:34 pm

jono400 wrote:Okay thanks any chance off listing the options for the e88 and how would I know if my car has the comfort access option fitted ?
Put your VIN into www.bmwvin.com
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Post by jono400 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:44 pm

Okay thanks.
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