Looking for a BMW diagnostic tool (with coding/programming function), which tool better? Read hundreds of posts and found these, talked a lot when it comes to BMW diagnostic: Foxwell NT510, ECS Schwaben, INPA cable, Carly, Launch M-Diag Lite
So, which one should i take?
Reply: The best solution for BMW diagnostic must be BMW ICOM series (now ICOM Next is better), but be’coz of stronger functions than other tools, it’s much more expensive (price: $200-$400). Also, the tools you mention above should be ok. For difference in details, go on your reading.
Foxwell nt510 vs. Schwaben tool from ECS
Schwaben tool is confirmed the same as Foxwell NT510, the factory, software, user manual… All the same except the shape. And it’s wise to buy Foxwell NT510, $50 saved!
Both have the following capabilities:
Works on the latest 2014/2015 models
Gets access to powertrain, chassis and body systems
Quick Test function to test most vehicle systems
Reads and clears diagnostic trouble codes and resets MIL
Requests and records live sensor data
Provides live data graphing
Merges graphs for easy and intuitive diagnosis
Displays freeze frame data
Retrieves ECU information
Runs component/system bi-directional tests
Supports adaptations and control module coding on selected cars
Supports the most commonly required service features like Electronic Parking Brake, oil service indicator, and transmission adaptations
Upgradable to cover other car makes
TF memory card for data backup and software update
As easy as 1-2-3 with large TFT color screen and menu-driven operations
Ergonomic design and ruggedly built for both shop and road tests
Foxwell nt510 bmw vs. bmw INPA
– That the nt510 foxwell scanner is like INPA cable– for those that don’t know, INPA is a diagnostic tool typically used with a laptop and a special OBD2 cable. It can be tricky to set up (I have used it on my R58 and an R50) but it’s capable of an amazing array of diagnostics and controls.
This scanner is SO MUCH EASIER to use than INPA.
Plug in the scanner and it’ll turn on, bringing you to the main screen. Speaking of screen, it is not a touch-screen. Navigation is done using the soft-touch buttons, which feel like… one of those universal TV remote controls with the comically large buttons. I had no issues navigating; all button presses react quickly and there’s no lag that I can detect.
Once it’s on (again, takes maybe two seconds to turn on) you choose your model (in this case, MINI – it also does BMW, and, inexplicably, Rolls Royce) At that point, you get the VIN, either through an automatic scan (my preference), entering it manually, or “manual selection”
– If you don’t have the computer skills (nor do you want them) to be able to install and use NCSexpert, INPA, tool32. You are recommended to have one Foxwell NT510 for BMW scanner which is handheld without connecting to the computer, NT510 sales for $179 free shipping worldwide, which is more expensive than INPA although, NT510 is more powerful in function it not only works as a diagnostic tool but also a coding programming tool, and it comes with one manufacture software as default, and allowed to pay only $70/per vehicle manufacutures including AU FORD, BMW, Chrysler, Fiat, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Holden, Land Rover, OPEL, Toyota and VAG.
Foxwell nt510 BMW vs Carly app for BMW
Carly can read and clear codes, also can register batteries at $15 a pop. I don’t think it can code injectors though… at least I haven’t been able to find a way.
The Foxwell can read OBD codes from any car and also do specific vehicle operations to BMW / Mini / Rolls. It’s a lot better in terms of diagnostics. It has a lot more functionality in terms of reading live data, freeze frame data, activating individual components to check for faults etc. If you had a tricky fault i’d say you have a much better chance of pinpointing it with the Foxwell tool.
It also has a lot more functionality i terms of DIYs since it can do resets/adaptations
The interface and connection is also a lot better than Carly.
Foxwell nt510 vs. Launch M-diag Lite
features: hand-held scan tool with a screen, no need a laptop
languages: English, French, Spanish,Dutch, German, Chinese
cars: Support new and old OBDI and OBDII vehicles: Chrysler GM Honda, Acura Hyundai, KIA Toyota, Lexus, Sicon Land Rover, Jaguar Opel, Vauxhall VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda BMW FIAT American Ford Porsche
basic diagnosis + coding/service features like Electronic Parking Brake, oil service indicator, and transmission adaptations…
Launch m-diag lite:
features: diagnostic adapter; need connect with smart phones or iPAD (via Bluetooth)
languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese
cars: Support the generic OBD, CAN bus, and proprietary protocols of over 70 car manufacturers and 2, 500 OBDll car models: Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, SUBARU, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Renault, Dodge, DACIA, Ford, Chevrolet, GM, HOLDEN, Peugeot, SAAB, SMART, Volkswage, Fiat, ROVER, Opel, Vauxhall, SKODA, Citroen, SEAT, Honda, Buick, Chrysler, Jeep, Ssangyong, GAZ, VAZ, Great Wall, Chery, Daihatsu, Suzuki, Isuzu, BYD, MAHINDRA, MARUTI, TATA, PROTON, Luxgen, PERODUA, Daewoo, Guangzhou Automobile Trumpchi, Geely
basic diagnosis + special functions: IMMO & key programming, Odometer adjustment, Oil / Service reset, ABS bleeding, TPS throttle body adaptation, brake pads, steering angle reset, battery matching, DPF regeneration, Injector coding, Tire Pressure Warning Light Reset, gear learning
In summary, it depends on what your purpose and your budget.
Foxwell nt510 price: €145
Icom next wifi price: €339
Inpa k+dcan cable price: €17
Launch m-diag lite price: €54.99