BMW Factory Scan Tools
BMW's factory tool is the PC based Online Service System (O.S.S.). O.S.S. includes a number of components and provides extensive service functionalities. Integrated into BMW's O.S.S. are software modules for both diagnostic work (aka: ISTA-D) and for module reprogramming (aka: ISTA-P).
BMW’s can present a special challenge for many shops. On one hand, because of the higher complexity of these vehicles, there are often lots of repair opportunities. However, on the other hand it is often difficult to almost impossible to obtain advanced diagnostic repair procedures when one has a BMW to diagnosis!
The BMW OSS tool alleviates this situation by providing the user with not only all needed scan functions, but it also has all needed repair procedures!
ISTA-D, once properly installed, provides the technician with the ability to do full diagnostic functions; read codes/clear codes, display all data PIDs, activate bi-directional functions and perform BMW's 'Automated Tests'. Additionally, this OEM system provides real time on-line access to the full BMW Service Information (SI) database. SI database information includes such items as BMW's Code Descriptions (Both SAE and BMW specific), Repair Procedures, Wiring Diagrams, Pin Assignments, Connector Views and Installation locations.
The ISTA-P software module provides the technician with the ability to program or re-flash all modules. Whether the technician is replacing a defective module or simply wishing to update an existing working module, ISTA-P enables this to be performed. As an added note, BMW TSB's are also integrated into this OEM scan tool package.
A BMW 'OEM' package can be ordered in two different configurations. The first configuration, which BMW recommends, includes all the BMW OEM interface cables (A+B+C) and the BMW ICOM-2 interface device. This package provides vehicle coverage from the late 80's right up to the current model year and it covers all BMW models/chassis'. A second package, which utilizes a less expensive J-2534 Pass Through Tool (PTT) interface device is also available. This lower priced PTT package does not provide full model year coverage and is limited in how far back the coverage goes. Additionally, using the PTT interface can result in longer reprogramming times. (In some cases up to 1.5 hours longer.)
It should be noted that in typical German engineering fashion, the specifications for the PC platform and various operating system environments are very specific to ensure the BMW O.S.S. system will operate properly. PC processor clock speed, monitor resolution, HDD space and network connections must all be correct. Additionally, Operating System and Runtime Environments (Windows O/S, JAVA, Internet Explorer, Net Framework) must be as specified. At OEMTools, we offer a number of complete BMW 'TurnKey Packages' that can include either a properly configured Dell or Panasonic laptop along with either the BMW recommended interface or a BMW recognized PTT interface.
Alternatively, BMW Service can be also performed with the Autoland iScan-3 tool.
Besides covering all the major Euro lines including Mercedes Benz, BWM, Porsche and VW-Audi, the ‘iScan3’ also provides excellent coverage for virtually all Asian car lines. You will also find this tool has extensive domestic coverages and some common medium duty truck lines.
One special mention on BMW: This is one of only a very few aftermarket tools that allows the shop to re-program a number of BMW controllers!
With a color screen, dual processors and well written programming, this tool is very fast in its navigation of a vehicle.
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