How 04 BMW E46 325xi do DIY diagnose using Foxwell NT510 scanner


Below post starts with BMW 2004 BMW 3 series E46 325xi need a simply handheld diagnostic tool to diagnose any potential issues (used by DIYer), then Foxwell Multi-system NT510 scanner is used, how it step - by - step to do, reading following parts for details.

Below post starts with BMW 2004 BMW 3 series E46 325xi need a simply handheld diagnostic tool to diagnose any potential issues (used by DIYer), then Foxwell Multi-system NT510 scanner is used, how it step - by - step to do, reading following parts for details.

 

Car model and year: 

2004 BMW 3 series E46 325xi_M54_SAL USA_LHD

with miles 190K on the dashboard.

 

I want a diagnostic scanner to do:

I wanted to be able to diagnose any potential issues on the fly and do as many DIY fixes myself as possible.

I'm not the type of person looking for a tool in order to code or dive into the vehicle ECU.

 

This diagnostic scanner to use:

Handheld Foxwell NT510 multi-system scanner (No need additional computer)

The price point for this item was just right $179 free shipping and according to FoxWellTool.com, I am allowed to add manufacturers to the device in the near future (i.e.; AU FORD, BMW, Chrysler, Fiat, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Holden, Land Rover, OPEL, Toyota and VAG) and the price is only $70 for each manufacture.

 

Foxwell NT510 scanner comes with following items:

1*NT510 Multi-System Scan Tool

1*User Guide

1*Memory Card

1*USB Cable

1*CD Software

1*Nylon Carry Pouch

 

Step - by -step procedure:

At begining, I plugged into the OBDII port (The unit will power-up as soon as it's plugged in) then the start-up screen show as below, I got four options:

1) OBDII

2) Manufacturer Specific

3) Setup or Settings

4) Playback for previously saved data

The device is handheld so easy to use and set-up is pretty self explanatory. I use the arrow buttons and enter/back buttons to cycle through the scanner.

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Select the OBDII function, it'll immediately have an auto-scan of your vehicle for any DTC. As you can see below, my scan came back with no codes found.

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After Foxwell NT510 scanner finish the scan and you press OK, it'll take you to the 'Diagnostic Menu'. Here you will be able to view in-depth descriptions of any codes that may have popped up and save and/or erase them.

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If you select the vehicle specific option, you will cycle though a handful of menus until you come to your correct make & model, e.g BMW 3 series E46, 325xi_M54_SAL, version: USA_LHD, Model year:2003-09

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After you've choosed your exact vehicle model, you will have four categories to choose from;

1) Maintenance

2) Drive

3) Chassis

4) Body

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Maintenance Function

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Drive Function

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Chassis Function

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Body Function

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Done.

 

In conclusion, I thought the price of $179 was very reasonable, and it comes with pretty healthy documentation, has factory support.