FCX3 Compatibility Information:

The R5/FCX-3 line was designed to offer compatibility with most BMW models ranging from 1987 to 2007¹, however, there are a small number of known incompatibilities and bugs as follows:

Note: a dot dot (..) means all of that model for that model year (example; 1987 316.. means 1987 316i, 1987 316is, etc..)

  • 1987 316.. (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987 325 (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987 325e (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987 325es (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987 535i/is (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987 635.. (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987 L6 (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987 735.. (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987 L7 (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1988 M5 (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1988 528 (528 not compatible, 528e is compatible)
  • 1988 535... (service reset only, adaptor required)
  • 1987-1990 (1st generation, E30 M3s, made before 1991)
  • Many 12 cylinder BMWs especially 87-92 (replacing of a single ECU often results in compatibility problems)
  • Will not reset the CBS maintenance system found on the 745 and many 05+ models. (see below)
  • 2006 see note ¹ below
  • 2007 see note ¹ below

CBS stands for "Conditions Based Service": CBS has replaced the SI (oilservice / Inspection) system, becoming standard equipment on many models in 2005 and later. People often confuse the Oilservice and Inspection lights with the CBS system, however it is important to note that they are entirely different. Our tools will not reset the CBS maintenance lights. If you have a 2005 or later (or a 745 of any year) it is important to be able to tell them apart. The most notable difference between the CBS system and the SI (oilservice and inspection) system is the oil change reminder (CBS will say "oil") (SI will say "oilservice"). Other visible differences exist to help you tell CBS from SI: such as a more detailed listing of the maintenance that needs to be done: Where the SI system will simply say "Inspection", the CBS system will list detailed items on your dash, such as fluids, belts, etc...

 

 

Simplified Tool Selection Chart:

 

note ¹
Check Your 2006/07 Car for compatibility:

To determine compatibility, use a flashlight to view the OBD connector under your dash.

  • If there is a terminal in position 7, (and positions 6 and 14 are empty), our tool should work.
  • If postion 7 is empty, (with terminals in positions 6 and 14) the car is incompatible with our tool.


Pin 7 = "ISO". Pins 6 and 14 = "CAN"

 

 

We are presently developing a tool capable of CAN, which we will announce on this site when ready.