I'm thinking (dangerous) if the ECU is compliant, it might be possible to retrofit the US OBDII wiring.
Ukobd, one more question about the FCX-3.
According to your websites it can also read codes on diesels.
I just downloaded the manual for the FCX-3 from peakresearch.com, but I cannot find any table for a diesel. It seems they are all for petrol models.
Whcih tables are used for the diesels?
There is no point in entering into pointless dialogue on this.
Take another look through the manual, there are errors such as 2Eb9 which is BSD message from glow ECU missing - a diesel code.
We also have a European spec code booklet which has many more codes - remember that Peake are a US company, and diesels are not supplied to that market.
Let's try and keep discussion positive and useful shall we?
Oh, you mean the message in table 22.
That's the one that also has these messages:
2E24 Spark coil cylinder 1 thru 2e2B Spark coil cylinder 8.
And 2D70 DME Internal Error.
You don't really believe this is a diesel engine, or do you.
Probably never had complaints about this?
What I like is the untranslated German descriptions like:
9c Aussetzer katbeschaedigend cyl 1 in tables 27 and 61.
But I take it you had never complaints about that to.
And you call this the best tool for the job, I don't think so.
Can we not turn this into a slanging match and keep all posts related to the topic, ie E36 and possible OBDII.
Did some research on the topic and found the following:
The first (petrol) cars compliant with EOBD in Europe are of model year 2000.
You wouldn't need a converter cable as these then have the 16-pin J1962 connector.
Here's a link to the website of a German reseller of scanner equipment.
They have a database of actual tested vehicles (with or without converter cables).
It's a bi-lingual page and all you have to do is select BMW and the model year.
They couldn't find any car that works in 1996 - 1998. They found some 1999 (build) cars that did work.
This is the experience of a UK user who actually tried the converter cable:
I am afraid that for purposes of reading with generic scanners this cable is useless.
Why are these cables produced then?
Some professional scanners like the Carmanscan are default equipped with the 16-pin J1962 connector. To connect to other sockets they use a converter. Probably because it's cheaper that way.
To provide people with a cheap interface for unauthorised software like BMW's INPA.
I PM'd you on this topic also, Enfiorcer.