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Buying Foxwell NT530 code reader

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Just bought a 2011 530d F11 and would like to buy a scanner. I've came from an E91 320d where I used a cable and INPA on a laptop for the last 2 years, worked great for the limited use I needed it for.

 

I'd like to buy an all in one unit and looks like the Foxwell NT530 is the best around £160 as it specifically says it works with the F chassis as opposed to the older NT520 Pro.

 

Want it for general code reading and clearing (glow plugs first) and parking brake service mode, not interested in coding as I'm happy as is - (love it!)

 

I can only find them on Chinese sites which all seem very similar - has anyone used any of these and I take it these are all genuine machines and not copies if there is such a thing?

 

https://www.obd2shop.co.uk/wholesale/foxwell-nt530-scanner-free-update.html

 

http://www.foxwelltool.co.uk/wholesale/nt530-multi-system-tool-one-free-software-nt520-updated.html

 

Thanks

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I tried my INPA and cable but with no luck - The INPA I have has the option for the F10/11.

 

I have a basic blue ebay cable that worked on my E91, is there a different one I 'd need for the F11?

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7 hours ago, Munzy123 said:

I tried my INPA and cable but with no luck - The INPA I have has the option for the F10/11.

 

I have a basic blue ebay cable that worked on my E91, is there a different one I 'd need for the F11?

 

You need an ENET cable - easy find on eBay. Use ISTA rather than INPA as it is the later diagnostic version BMW introduced for the Fxx cars and onwards. I can help with the download if needed,

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18 hours ago, Munzy123 said:

Just bought a 2011 530d F11 and would like to buy a scanner. I've came from an E91 320d where I used a cable and INPA on a laptop for the last 2 years, worked great for the limited use I needed it for.

 

I'd like to buy an all in one unit and looks like the Foxwell NT530 is the best around £160 as it specifically says it works with the F chassis as opposed to the older NT520 Pro.

 

Want it for general code reading and clearing (glow plugs first) and parking brake service mode, not interested in coding as I'm happy as is - (love it!)

 

I can only find them on Chinese sites which all seem very similar - has anyone used any of these and I take it these are all genuine machines and not copies if there is such a thing?

 

https://www.obd2shop.co.uk/wholesale/foxwell-nt530-scanner-free-update.html

 

http://www.foxwelltool.co.uk/wholesale/nt530-multi-system-tool-one-free-software-nt520-updated.html

 

Thanks

Have you considered Carly or Bimmercode? They are smartphone or tablet apps which offer all that you are asking plus extras and providing you already have a phone work out cheaper than the scanners.

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@Munzy123

 

From what you have said that you want it to do, a code reader (such as the Foxwell) is your best bet rather than something like Carly. Carly etc is good for coding, it can do servicing items too. It needs an initial purchase payment plus a yearly subscription which after a couple of years will have cost more than the Foxwell. Carly can register a new battery and put the rear brakes into service mode too. That makes it attractive though.

 

Foxwell get good press you can buy them from Gendam who I believe are UK based, Swansea, just checked.

 

https://m.gendan.co.uk/category_147.html

 

but they don't list the NT530 version that you have shown on the Foxwell site. The Foxwell scanners can support another car manufacturer too (for an additional £60) so in my case it would work for my F10 and the wife's Ford. 

 

Gendam details

 

https://m.gendan.co.uk/contactus.php

 

A very helpful chap on here pointed me to these guys for a Foxwell. 

 

https://www.scantool-direct.co.uk/foxwell-nt510-multi-system-scanner-bmw-mini-version1.html 

 

it takes you to a NT520 model not the older NT510 as hinted in the link.

 

@Jimbo07g41, where did you get yours from and what version is it? Nt510, NT520 or the new NT530?

 

I gave up trying to get ISTA to work and now as I'm older, more boring and having had an attack of consciousness, using a pirated version of software doesn't sit well with me.

 

As forum.bmw5.co.uk we cannot be seen supporting sharing pirated software.

 

I'll leave it at that.

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Thanks for all the advice guys.

 

@535i Andrew I've emailed Genham to see if they will be stocking the NT530, thanks for the link.

 

Got a lumpy start up when under 10 degrees outside so thinking it will be glow plugs and/or controller but want to read codes to check.

 

I did this job on my 320d and managed it but really not looking forward to the glow plug roulette; I read the brilliant thread on here with the poor guy that ended up with snapped one.... ouch!

 

@Matthew Ashton PM much appreciated thanks! :)

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10 hours ago, Munzy123 said:

Thanks for all the advice guys.

 

@535i Andrew I've emailed Genham to see if they will be stocking the NT530, thanks for the link.

 

 

Let us know what they say please?

 

Yeah summers over up here it's been below 10 deg C the last couple of mornings. I've even had to switch on my heated seat.:D

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17 minutes ago, bmwmike said:

Summers over too soon but there is something lovely about wood burner in evenings and bum burner in mornings against crisp air.

 

I'm eyeing up my log pile thinking will that be enough for this winter......

 

Having a woody does mean I do keep some stout logs to use as back up axle stands for sliding under the car as extra support. 

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I purchased my 520 from cardiagtool.co.uk.  Essentially it is a Chinese seller with UK stock, so it is delivered quite fast.  3 day lead time.

 

What you have to accept these days is that even a British developed product is manufactured in China. So sometimes you can get the same product significantly cheaper.

 

I have activated the BMW software but can use the basic OB2 on my Wife's Focus and my Ford Based Campervan.  Brilliant bit of kit, as it is a one of purchase.   

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@535i Andrew nice quick reply:

 

Hi Stuart,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

We are currently still completing UK testing of the NT530 Pro model. We hope to be releasing these in about 4-6 weeks.

 

If you are interested in a BMW tool, I highly recommend our Bim-COM PC Package. Please see the following link:

 

https://www.gendan.co.uk/product_SECBMW.html

 

If you can let me know the year of your BMW, I can also confirm if our BMW Fault Code Reader is compatible (£99.95):

https://www.gendan.co.uk/product_LGDT86.html

 

Best regards,

 

 

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Thanks @Jimbo07g41 they have the NT530 but it doesn't seem to let you choose BMW software to come with it from a drop down menu as other sites do.

 

I've ordered an ENET cable and will hopefully at least be able to read/clear the fault codes and find out if my glow plugs/module need doing.

 

Will be buying an NT530 long term though, as you say a nice neat all in one solution that can live in the car as opposed to a laptop :)

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