Advanced cars like BMW nowadays have got several complicated operating systems built inside them, which helps them perform several high-level, complicated functions. One such function is the scanning of the several electronic devices that are put in, for example, the master key that needs authentication before the car can be driven.

One of the high-performance BMW Scan tool is the Online Service System, also called the O.S.S. that is actually operable by means of the desktop or laptop. The BMW system comes with one such feature-a single, unique module for BMW Software, which can perform the dual tasks of diagnosis (that is ISTA-D) and, if required, can reprogram the entire module itself (by means of the ISTA-P). The Online Service System has indeed great capabilities and an umpteen number of important functionalities which may be shortly discussed.

The BMW ISTA-D software module: This is the module that performs a master role in the car’s several diagnostic functions. It is quite a multi tasks Software: for example it can read and erase codes, show us all the PIDS of all the data, perform the so-called “automated tests” on the vehicle and even regulate the electronic functions in both directions. In conjunction to these tasks, the BMW Scan tool makes available the real-time, authentic access to the BMW Service Information Database, also called the S.I. database. This base includes stuff such as the company’s code description (both BMW and SAE specific), various procedures pertaining to repair of the O.S.S., views of the connector , important diagrams of the car’s wiring, Pin Assignments and locations of the various installations of the various systems.

BMW Diagnostic Tool
BMW Diagnostic Tool

The BMW ISTA-P Software Module: This is the previously mentioned re-programming module. By this module, one can re-flash or even reset and program the module codes afresh. This part of the package is beneficial for an entire reboot of the system, a much needed update or even builds a defective module from scratch.

A BMW Software and BMW Diagnostic Tool package comes in a two-in-one combo. One of these contains all the three units of BMW Interface OEM cables and another ICOM-2 Interface gadget. This system is approved by the seller company. Another cheaper version consists of a J-2534 Pass -Through Tool but it runs into snags with coverage issues as well as reprogramming time problems.

BMW i-Scan-llwt: This tool is also known as the ‘Autoland Scientech iScan-llwt Tool’ and, though not included in a typical set of OEM tools, is quite capable of handling the nuances of a BMW automobile servicing. This tool is often customized to be capable of re-programming BMW modules. Apart from this, it also performs other usual tasks like code-reading, controlling two-directional traffic and streaming data. In addition, it performs the task of coding and synchronizing the different components of the car’s internal circuit after an install.

AutoHex II BMW Scan tool:

Autohex ll BMW Scan tool is a brilliant ECU programmer that supports you to program all kinds of old and new ECUs of BMWs. It supports the ECU models DME, DDE, FEM, DSC, Airbag, CAS, KOMBI, and Radio among others. It is a boon for BMW car owners who do not have the knowledge about advanced programming, yet wish to enjoy a better programmed experience with the BMW.

AutoHex ll BMW Scan Tool enables us to match the VIN with the automobile and the ECU flash with a more powerful one to adjust itself with the car. It can also be programmed individually via the BMW ECU Programming option.

AutoHex ll Hardware is related to other BMW dealer programs as for example the ISTA/D Rheingold and INPA. In this way, the OBD connector does not have to be changed each time and all the programs can run safely on your PC.

The two different channels of CAN BUS in AutoHex act like a gateway the simulation of which helps to join both DME and CAS fast and connect them to AutoHex ll WVCI. This enables us to undertake several important functions like ISN matching, programming of keys, ECU programming etc at ease. When it comes to key programming issues in the BMW E and F series, the performance of AutoHex is unmatchable! This further leads us to better reading, writing, blocking, saving or deleting keys from the CAS.

Comparing BMW Explorer and Abrites and Autohex II

So many people are in doubt and are not certain as to which tool for BMW would be the most ideal in BMW programming as well as coding among BMW Explorer, Abrites Commander and Autohex II.

The following reviews and reports have everything you need to know about the three BMW scan tools. We shall review and make comparisons among the three, and you will then choose which best suits your needs.

 Original Abrites Commander For BMW

If you have AVDI original BMW FULL running the latest software you will agree that this software is not that fulfilling.

When it comes to the AVDI BMW Scan tool it doesn’t do any magic, in fact it requires lots of upgrades and improvements,  AVDI is completely ineffective in flashing modules on the internet with newest software.

It also does not sign at the end and hence comprises the whole module. You will also experience numerous errors when you set up the signatures soon after programming. The mileage calibration functions quite perfectly in certain modules but has issues in so many other types of modules, although thumbs up for it in mileage calibration While programming.

Many users claim to have damaged DDE/DME, ZGWs, DSC, Kombi, FRM, climatronic, and they managed to flash back and fix some of the issues with ICOM. However, a couple of them don’t since they lost ommunication over obd2.

However, the software does pretty much okay, especially during diagnosis as it works up to 80 percent, but this is not the case with the bmw x3 e83 because it scans perfectly but doesn’t show DCS.

AVDI functions perfectly in E series and covers about 65 percent in most of ECUs coding, for instance the customization of ecu configurations such as Clima, FRM as well as AIRBAG.  Coding parameters, VIN number changing, Synchronizing cas/dde/ elv functions perfectly at a rate of about 90 percent

 Autohex II BMW Scan Tool

Autohex II is an incredible software for use in BMW and you will love their 100 percent active support, adapt  make use of ecu coding as well as isn in egs and in addition to that it is cost effective than BMW explorer. If you have used both Autohex II and BMW Explorer, you will definitely agree that Autohex II for BMW has a number of advantages over its competitors and here is why;

It is perfect in adapting modules and flashing

The software is compatible and can easily read the EGS ISN, CAS and DME, it is not only stable, but also efficient.

The software lets you re-flash a DME that has complications, and coded it to your car without any problem and save yourself a huge chunk of money.

Those who use this tool for BMW are contented with its performance, because of its amazing performance as well as support

BMW Explorer Scan Tool

If you are a coder, then you already know F series BMWs have time locks that have been incorporated into the DME, stopping writing and reading of certain parameters like for instance the secret key otherwise known as the ISN, KAT as well as VMax- that is limited to speed. ECU Explorer is a tool that is only meant for reading and writing the internal eeprom of the DMEs that are used in many BMW models at the moment. The hour counter is found on the eeprom. If you use using this tool, you will be able to reset your hour counter and hence unlocking time locked parameters such as ISN.

If you use the BMW Explorer, then your car will be working just fine in a matter of seconds, and you can be able to figure out the next step in the software once you install it. The hard part is long gone, personally, I have done the required hacking successfully of the board, and what is remaining it to remove the DME again and complete the process with Explorer.


To sum everything up, there is really know such thing as a perfect or the best tool, it all depends on your preferences and what you are looking for in a particular software tool for BMW. This article serves as a perfect guide to help you make a wise decision regarding the three tools for BMW.