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Just in need of some pointers. Im currently struggling to get to the bottom of slightly sluggish performance along with what feels like a misfire - after carrying out various part replacements with no avail(of course its getting a bit expensive)
I currently have access to Bimmerlink with an obd device but im not sure how effective it is in identifying faults or misfires. Ive gotten a specialist to check for them in the past who’ve identified a misfire whereas nothing has shown for me.
The reason i ask is if its worth investing in is that I have no experience of using specialist software or diagnostics. Am i best to leave this to professionals or is ista/pro software easy to learn and understand? Is it just better at finding fault codes than obd based software?
 

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I can give you torrent for ISTA that you can install and use. Don't see the point of paying for it. Now whether that will help you solve the problem, I don't know but at least you won't need to pay for the software (even if you managed to, I doubt it would have been cheap?)
Question for you, what are you running ISTA off? Does it work on Windows 10?
 

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If all you're doing is reading codes, Bimmerlink should be just as capable as it sees the BMW specific stuff, not just generic codes. I don't think it can see historic/cleared codes, but that's about it.

ISTA is the same software used in BMW dealerships, there's very little it can't do, but it's much more useful to a DIYer who will be doing the work themselves. It's worth having if you've got a laptop with the space, but I rarely spin up my copy for diagnostics, same as I rarely use NCSExpert for option coding when Bimmercode is so much more convenient.
 

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I have ISTA and INPA and recently bought bimmer-tool for my phone using it with the K/D-can cable and usb to usb-c adaper and its soo good I can do 90% of thigs with it that i do with inpa/ista and dont have to lug my laptop with me. Its also very cheap and can make nice logs to diagnose things as well. If you have android i would recommend it highly over bimmerlink which is twice as expensive and does the same if not less.
 

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I can give you torrent for ISTA that you can install and use. Don't see the point of paying for it. Now whether that will help you solve the problem, I don't know but at least you won't need to pay for the software (even if you managed to, I doubt it would have been cheap?)
Thank you thats very generous, i may take up your offer. However im not sure if its wasted on me if ill just be using it for codes. In terms of monitoring data off sensors etc i have no idea of what im looking for or what ill be doing.
Weirdly my indy dealers have found misfires through diagnostics before spark my plug change but i didnt. I have no codes at all through Bimmerlink or any other apps.
Im not sure whats going on with the car now but it just feels flat again a little while after I changed my coils ans sparks. Ive even debated selling up as its kind of killing the enjoyment of driving it and i dont to throw anymore money at parts.
Ive i do go for ISTA im guessing its a Bimmergeeks DCAN cable i need?
 

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im guessing its a Bimmergeeks DCAN cable i need?
Any K+DCAN cable from eBay/Amazon will be fine if all you're using it for is reading codes/data. Don't bother paying VAT, duty and import fees for the Bimmergeeks cable unless you need the extra speed and reliability for flashing modules.
 

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Hmm so Bimmerlink should be capable of finding the same faults as ISTA? If thats the case it may be be stick with that. In regards for monitoring for things like misfires without codes or fuel trims etc im sure ISTA is better but i have absolutely no idea what to look for. Unless ISTA guides you through it?
 

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Unless ISTA guides you through it?
I would recommend looking at some of the many videos showing ISTA in use, some basic, some more thorough. That way you will get an idea of whether it's for you or not.

It's quite a large program to have, it can be run from an external drive if you prefer not to load it on your PC. Getting a cable could be a bit hit and miss too. There are few poor versions about which don't have the fdti232 rl or rq chips. They are all cheaply made, just that some don't work and you could spend hours trying to connect. Again, there is info about it all over.
 

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Im curious to know if what I need it for isn't necessarily that complicated. Im trying to find a way if I have misfire without any codes so im wondering what I can monitor through OBD software possibly. Failing that Im also wondering the same for air fuel ratio to see if it is running rich or lean. Its what values im looking for that I have absolutely no idea about. So maybe I do need ISTA afterall and it can be done through OBD apps?
 
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