Fault code reader

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Help! -

Can you rec­om­mend a fault code reader for a 2015 BMW 520d F11 Tour­ing and a 2005 Corsa SXI 1.2 petrol, al­though there is a good chance the lat­ter ve­hi­cle will be swapped in the fu­ture for some­thing a lot newer and prob­a­bly petrol? I am not ex­pect­ing too much to go wrong, so I don’t need any­thing too pro­fes­sional – maybe a de­vice that will read and re­set fault codes and per­haps re­set ser­vice lights. Melvyn Allen

There are a few op­tions and the main fac­tors to con­sider are whether you wish to re­set the ser­vice lights on your BMW and, of course, which ve­hi­cle will re­place your Corsa.

The Foxwell NT510 Full Sys­tems Scan­ner at £169 will cover all sys­tems on your BMW and will re­set the ser­vice lights, but its all-round abil­i­ties are re­stricted to BMW and MINI. It will read off codes from any Eobd-com­pli­ant ve­hi­cle, which will cover any petrol ve­hi­cle from 2001 on­wards and any diesel from 2004 on­wards. Al­ter­nately, the Foxwell NT204 Di­ag­nos­tic Scan Tool for £49.94 will read and clear all fault codes from Eobd-com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles, but will not re­set your ser­vice lights or read the ABS or airbag sys­tems.

For some­thing which will cover more sys­tems on both ve­hi­cles, the Foxwell Pro NT624 ALL Sys­tem Scan Tool at £299 should be just about all you will need.

All are avail­able from gen­dan.co.uk

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