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5 Best BMW Diagnostic Tools for DIYers and Professionals

The diagnostics scanners introduced today suggest that every BMW DIYers and professionals should have one of them, because their diagnostic functions are very powerful, including the reading and clearing of engine (DME), transmission (EGS), anti-lock brake system (DSC), airbag (SRS) and more than 20 module fault codes in most BMW.

Let's take a look at their detailed introduction!

1. Autel Maxisys Ultra 2022 Top Intelligent BMW Diagnostic Tool

Autel MaxiSys Ultra Full Systems Diagnosis Services:

Doing regular and routine maintenance on a modern car is impossible without a diagnostic system. Even the simplest procedures require the participation of an auto scanner. That's why Autel engineers have been working on them and making them as user-friendly as possible in the new MaxiSys Ultra. Now you can easily do functions like:

Oil Reset - Reset the oil change calculator in the engine and automatic transmission

EPB - Replacement of brake pads on vehicles with an electric parking brake

SAS - Adaptation of the sensor to the angular position of the steering wheel

DPF - Regeneration of diesel particulate filter

Brake Bleed - ABS Brake Bleeding

IMMO - Disable any lost keys and add new keys. *ONLY for vehicles with low-grade anti-theft systems. Compatible with GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda and other 56 brands or models.

TPMS - Battery registration and reset

Seat Calibration - Calibrate the memory in replaced or repaired seats

Airbag Reset - Resets the airbag data to clear the airbag collision fault indicator

A/F Reset - Set or learn Air/Fuel ratio parameters

Gearbox Reset - Help complete the gearbox self-learning to improve gear shifting quality

Suspension Reset - Adjust the vehicle body height sensor for level calibration

BMS - Battery registration and reset

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2. Autel Maxisys MS919 Intelligent BMW Diagnostic tool

Autel Maxisys MS919 Intelligent BMW Diagnostic tool

2021 updated version of Autel MaxiSys MS 919—one of the most advanced and economical vehicle diagnostic tool you can find in the market. We are dedicated to bringing premium diagnostic services to repair shops of all scales. Comparing with Ultra, the MS919 has equipped with almost all of the functions and save you thousands of dollars.

To fully exploit the MS919’s capabilities and help you with the business you built with bare hands, the MS919 has gathered comprehensive features:

1. The updated version of MK908P, MS908P, MS Elite, MS909, MS919.

2. The 5-in-1 VCMI with hardware extension such as oscilloscope, waveform generator, multimeter, and CAN BUS tester.

3. Intelligent Diagnostics: OEM Technical Service Bulletin, DTC Analysis, Repair Assist.

4. The MS919 also supports 3 main stream diagnostic protocols: D-PDU, J2534 (SAE J2534-1 & J2534-2), and RP1210, which have covered 99% of vehicles in the world.

5. The MaxiSys 919 is powered by Samsung Exynos8895V octa-core processor (2.3GHz quad-core + 1.7GHz quad-core) with 4G RAM and 256G ROM, equipped with a capacitive 9.7-inch TFT-LCD touch screen with a resolution of 1426 x 2048, and Android 7.0 OS.

6. Advanced ECU Coding and Programming for Benz, BMW, VW, Audi, Porches, Renault, Toyota, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroën.

7. 36+ Special Functions meets all you needs. Such as Oil Reset, EPB, TPMS, BMS, ABS Bleed, DPF Regeneration, IMMO Keys, Injector Coding, SAS Calibration, Throttle Adaption, Gearbox Matching, SRS, etc.

8.Over 10 advanced functions have been packed on MS919. Active test, Guided function for VAG, Personalization, Retrofitting and Modification, Key Programming, etc.

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3. Autel MaxiCOM Ultra Lite BMW Diagnostic Tool

Autel MaxiCOM Ultra Lite BMW Diagnostic Scanner

The Autel MaxiCOM Ultra Lite is a 12.9-inch intelligent automotive BMW diagnostic scan tool, it provides full functions and online repair information needed when diagnosing vehicles, identifying faults, and researching repairs.

Autel Ultra Lite Top 8 Highlights:

1. NO IP Limitation, Multi-language: English, French, German, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Italian

2. ScanVIN: Barcode or Text Recognition with Camera

3. Upgraded Version of Maxisys MS919, MS909, and Maxisys Elite.

4. 1-Year Free Update Online and One Year Warranty.

5. Split-Screen Multi-Application Navigation with Super Fast Running Speed, Greatly Improving Your Work Efficiency.

6. Multiple Repair Guidance: Technical Service Bulletin (TSB), DTC Analysis, Repair Assist, Repair Tips, Component Measurement, and Relevant Cases

7. Built-in demonstration software gives you the opportunity to quickly learn the operation of our tool on different vehicles.

8. One-Stop Intelligent Diagnosis With Topology Mapping, Helping You Have a Clear Picture of Vehicle Status; For each fault code, Ultra performs in-depth analysis and gives the OE data and processing suggestions.

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4. Autel MaxiSys MS909 Intelligent BMW Diagnostic Tool

Autel Maxisys MS909 Features:

  • Autel updates provide latest OE level coverage for more than 80 US Domestic, Asian and European vehicles, including supercar.
  • Exceptional OE-Level functionality from comprehensive OBDII diagnostics & services to advanced ECU coding and programming.
  • Automatic system and software updates with real-time push message notifications via internet.
  • Interactive Data Logging sessions enable direct contact with Autel Support for first-hand troubleshooting of diagnostic bugs and error.
  • One-stop multitasking designed for ideal management of workshop operations to keep all data files, customer info, and vehicle records well organize.
  • Cloud-based Data Manager saves customer and vehicle records, scanner data and technician notes.
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5. Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro BMW Diagnostic Tool

Why Choose Autel Maxisys MS908S Pro?

  • Complete OBD2 generic functions for your BMW
  • Loads of bi-directionals (hot functions) and system tests
  • Provides OE-level functionality (varies from model to model) such as: Initialization, Calibrations, Immobilizer (not Toyota/Lexus)
  • Sometimes the Autel is faster and easier to use than an OE tool
  • PCM or WIN replacement functions on Chrysler
  • Parameter reset on Ford and Mazda
  • Graphical Ford misfire
  • The Maxisys MS908S Pro probably add keys unless OE requires a login to NASTF. If OE requires a pin code / security code, so will Autel. Autel does not pull pin codes
  • Continues to work after the update subscription has expired
  • No penalty for skipping updates
  • Warranty extended with each update subscription renewal
  • MS908SP comes with one year free update online
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BMW vehicle coverage

The above diagnostic tools support the following BMW models.

Tips: Use 'Ctrl+F' to find your BMW chassis.

Vehicle, Series


1 Series

E81, E82, E87, E88, F20, F21, F52, F40

2 Series 

F22, F23, F45, F46, F87,F44

3 Series

E90, E91, E92, E93, F30, F31, F34, F35, F80, G20, G21, G28

4 Series

F32, F33, F36, F82, F83, G22, G23, G82

5 Series

E60, E61, F07, F10, F11, F18, G30, G31, G38, F90   


6 Series

E63, E64, F06, F12, F13, G32


7 Series

E65, E66, E67, E68, F01, F02, F03, F04, G11, G12  

8 Series

 G14, G15, G16, F91, F92, F93

I Series

 I01, I12, I15

X Series

X1_E84, X1_F48, X1_F49, X3_F25, X4_F26, X5_E70, X5_F15, X5_F85, X6_E71, X6_E72, X6_F16, X6_F86, X3_G08, X5_G05, X2_F39, X3_G01, X4_G02, X7_G07, X3_F97, X4_F98, X6_G06

Z Series

Z4_E89,  Z4_G29,  Z4_E85,  Z4_E86,  Z4_G29


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