ou cannot get the OBD II codes without using a code reader or a scan tool (scanner), a code reader can be used to read and erase diagnostic trouble codes as well as other additional features depending on the tool, these tools work on all vehicles 1996 and newer.
Example: to change the trans fluid on this car (I don’t believe that any automotive fluid is really “lifetime”) you have to complete the final fill at a certain operating temp range – this tool will give you real time data.
I knew Autel had a great reputation for Euro import software and gave it a try. I wanted several of their $400 scanners but I just had issues justifying that expense. Benefit with those is you get tons of makes – downside is you pay for updates (usually at least $150/year).
I’ve been spending the past few days getting BMW INPA scanner and other programs installed on my laptop. I soldered the 7 and 8 connectors on my cable and finally I was able to read my steering angle sensor status.