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      01-27-2014, 03:09 AM   #727
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Great info!

You guys are all referencing car running smoother w/ update. Is that DCT cars only? Or has anyone with 6MT done the update, and experiencing similar differences.

My M is an 09 with production date of 2009-04-02 any idea which software I'm on?
Cars with 6MT and DCT have the exact same engine software. In the days of the E46, there was different software suited for the engine controller depending on the transmission type. You'll be on an older software version, probably 170E or 190E.


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Thanks - that's good news! OEM Software update can be done by Coders correct? Not just dealerships?From what I understand - most effective method even when planning an aftermarket tune - flash the car w/ most recent OEM software + then add tune of choice.
This should be done with a proper tool, and NEVER with a coding cable. In fact, the coding cable will usually render the ECU corrupted. Only factory tools or tuning cables should be used to flash vehicles with 240E. If you are planning on getting a tune, since that update is included for vehicles that don't have it, you should get them both at the same time to avoid paying twice
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This should be done with a proper tool, and NEVER with a coding cable. In fact, the coding cable will usually render the ECU corrupted. Only factory tools or tuning cables should be used to flash vehicles with 240E.
What is the difference between a standard K+DCAN cable and a "tuning" cable?

My DME is on zb number 7848137, how do I correlate this to a software version?

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What is the difference between a standard K+DCAN cable and a "tuning" cable?

My DME is on zb number 7848137, how do I correlate this to a software version?

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K+DCAN cable can brick/corrupt control units if you try to program with them.

A tuning cable is specifically designed for flashing and programming control units, and does not bear this risk. It also has recovery functionality if something happens - such as a dead battery, pulling the cable out accidentally, etc..

7848137 is 240E software, so you're on the latest version. Hope this helps
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