BMW ICOM is Professional  diagnostic tool for BMW group vehicles.BMW ICOM A2 is upgrade of BMW ICOM, and it’s always next technology of BMW ISTA diagnose and programming product.

BMW ICOM A2+B+C has functions as follow:
A2 – OBD diagnostic supporting MOST, D-CAN and K-CAN protocols;
B – diagnostic via MOST bus, and possess link to A-interface through USB connection;
C – 20-pin cable for previous types.

BMW ICOM A2 Compared with ICOM:
1. The modified ICOM A2 for vehicles with OBD access receives a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity.
2. Robust aluminium case will help to avoid damage when using in harsh environments.
3. To protect the MOST connector, the ICOM B for vehicles with optical MOST access will be equipped with a soft cover made of rubber instead of the former plastic cap.
4. The ICOM C for old series with a diagnostics socket will be additionally equipped with an approx. 20 cm long cable, which facilitates the connection of the ICOM A2 and makes storage in the engine compartment easier.
5. BMW ICOM A2+B+C support BMW cars till 2013 year. Support BMW & MINI full system diagnose and offline programming.


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How to Connect Diagnostic System for BMW ICOM A2+B+C 2017.12 Engineering Version

BMW ICOM A2+B+C Software Version : V2017.12

ISTA – D: V4.08.12,with SDP data V4.08.11

ISTA – P: V3.63.0.400 can program F/G/I/K chassis for car (through the ICOM, not other cable )

Vin: V2017.10.10

BMW ICOM A2+B+C is the powerful OEM diagnostic system for BMW vehicle models. If you didnt make a correct connection , you will have problem to use it . Please check the detailed instructions for BMW ICOM diagnostic tool connection.

How to connect BMW ICOM A2+B+C correctly?

1. Connection Display :

1) BMW ICOM A2+B+C without WIFI Connection

2) BMW ICOM A2+B+C with WIFI Connection

2. Connection Instruction:

1) Setup BMW ICOM A, ICOM B and ICOM C

2) Connect BMW ICOM A2+B+C main unit to the vehicle OBD port

3) Wait the indicator light on the main unit illuminates

4) Connect the BMW ICOM with vehicle using LAN cable

5) Power on the computer and install software

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How to start the ISTA workshop system:

Double click the BMW diagnostic software ISTA+  icon in the Windows desktop created during the installation process above. After ISTA is started, the start screen appears. A list of news is displayed. You can set the display period in the Administration.


Once you have read the “Note on using ISTA”, close the dialog using the button “Next”. You can open a process from the start screen: Select the “Operations” menu.


Method 1:

You can enter your short VIN (Last 7 of the VIN) and be able to pull relevant procedures or troubleshooting instructions without actually connecting to the car. To access this feature, launch ISTA+ and click on Operations tab (1). Then enter the short VIN into the VIN box (2). Then click on Accept (3). The Accept button will become active only when a VIN number is entered. You can explore features specific to your car from here.


Method 2:

Follow the steps as in the picture below:


After you select the “Operations” menu from the start screen, the workshop system changes to the “Vehicle identification number” tab under the “New” menu item.

We will assume that you have connected the right interface to the car at this time (Refer to interfaces section). Our example will use BMW ICOM A2+B+C.

This is how to identify a vehicle by reading out the vehicle data, while automatically creating a process:

1 Click the “Operations” main menu item in the navigation area.

2 Select the “Read out vehicle data” tab and follow the instructions provided.

3 Click the “Identification without vehicle test” or “Complete identification”button


The connection to the vehicle is now established. The workshop system performs an identification of the vehicle. It also reads the vehicle identification number and further data from the vehicle. The progress of the identification operation is displayed on a progress bar.


Start vehicle test

If vehicle identification was called up via “Read out vehicle data” and “Complete identification”, the vehicle test starts automatically following vehicle identification, followed by the vehicle operation and service data transfer and analysis. The control unit tree is displayed during the vehicle test


Here you can observe the ongoing determination of the control units that are fitted. If no control unit tree is available, the “Control unit list” mask is displayed automatically.

The control unit tree contains all the control units identified in the vehicle and displays their allocation to the relevant bus system. The control units are identified in succession and their fault memories are read out. The color then changes to display of the detected state. An explanation of the colors can be found in the lower section of the displayed mask. From this screen, if required you can restart the vehicle test or also call up control unit functions so that you can read out measurements or activate actuating elements.

Before you can access a test plan you must first display the fault memory. This is how to view the fault memory:

1 Wait until the vehicle test is completed.

2 Click the “Display fault memory” button.

Show fault memory

After the vehicle test, click the “Display fault memory” button in the “Fault memory” mask. The fault codes that are read out and the associated description are listed here.


The function “Delete fault memory” can be carried out at the end of the guided troubleshooting. In order to start the guided troubleshooting, first calculate a test plan.

This is how to calculate a test plan:

Click the “Calculate test plan” button.

Processing the test plan

The test plan lists the components and functions that might have caused the fault. The documents and test modules corresponding to the components and functions are displayed in the “Type” column, identified with “ABL”. In the “Type” column, documents and test modules are identified with an abbreviation.

Procedures localize a fault and give advice on rectifying it. This is how you start a procedure:

1 Select the required procedure from the test plan.

2 Click the “Display” button.


The priority in the test plan does not necessarily specify the call-up of the processes. The priority is to be regarded as a recommendation for processing.

A test module is primarily designed to identify the cause of a fault. Furthermore, service functions can be performed via procedures. Information can be displayed within a test module, as well as measured values read out or entered. Furthermore, queries can be made available in procedures via selection screens.

After a test module has been carried out, additional information is added to the test plan if this is necessary for further troubleshooting or fault elimination.


After the test plan has been completed, you should carry out the “Delete fault memory” function.

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BMW ICOM A2 Diagnostic & Programming For BMW ICOM A2+B+C 2016.07 Engineers Version


BMW ICOM A2+B+C is upgrade of BMW ICOM, ICOM A2 is Second generation of BMW ISTA Diagnose and programming system. Support both new and old BMW vehicles.

Software Version : 2016.07
ISTA/D (ISID /DiagnosticISTA-D 3.55.31 ISTA-P
VIN: 2016.06.15

1. Support Multi-language: American English, British English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Czech, Swedish, Dutch, Indian, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese
2. Hardware Version: ICOM Application-01.40.05
3. Support Vehicles: BMW Cars, BMW Motorcycle, Rolls-Royce, Mini Cooper
4. Support BMW All Series Diagnose and Programming

BMW ICOM A2+B+C Function:

* Interface A2 – OBD diagnostic supporting MOST, D-CAN and K-CAN protocols.
* Interface B – diagnostic via MOST bus, and have connection to A-interface via USB connection.
* Interface C – 20-pin cable for old models.

BMW ICOM A2+B+C Special Features Compared with ICOM :
* The modified ICOM A2 for vehicles with OBD access receives a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity.Robust aluminium case will help to avoid damage when using in harsh environments.
* To protect the MOST connector, the ICOM B for vehicles with optical MOST access will be equipped with a soft cover made of rubber instead of the former plastic cap.
* The ICOM C for old series with a diagnostics socket will be additionally equipped with an approx. 20 cm long cable, which facilitates the connection of the Auto Scanner Tools ICOM A2 and makes storage in the engine compartment easier.


Q1: Is there any diagnostic equipment can do BMW530 DA 2003 ? It is better in French
A1: Try to use the BMW ICOM A2

Q2: Does the BMW ICOM A2 have the installation manual?
A2: Inset the hard disk into the computer and input password BMW, you’ll find the installation manual.

Q3: BMW ICOM A2 (SP168-B) can do the BMW old car before 2000?
A3: You can do the old BMW car, if the car can not be done, then try for a few more cars

Q4: 2013 New BMW ICOM A2 + B + C Diagnostic & Programming Tool (SP168-B) can be programmed to control template EGS?
A4: Yes The entire vehicle control unit can be programmed

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What is the best OBD tool for the car

The question of which on board diagnostic (OBD) scan tool suits the car has been one shrouded in mystery with lots of answers hanging. This is usually seen in people who are just getting introduced to the OBD use and may not have the best know how on which the most suitable tool to use is.

The choice of which OBD Scanner Tool usually rests with the car manufacturer in most cases, it can also be the prerogative of the car owner to make the choice of which tool will be used on his car. In the years of yore, OBD scan tool requirements stipulated that all cars must be fitted with a functioning OBD scan tool.
U380 OBD II car scanner

U380 OBD II Car Diagnostic Scanner Trouble Code Reader

The rule has not changed a bit with the introduction of more advanced OBD 2 and the EOBD 2 in Europe. What it now stipulates is that the car owner is more at liberty of selecting an appropriate tool for his use without having to rely on the manufacturer gadget.
Why is it so?

The need for standardization brought with it an open market system. initially, the manufacturer specific OBD scan tools were limited to given cars and required that the car owner bought new BMW ICOM the moment a new car brand would be bought. This was quite expensive and made most people to pile OBD scan tools in the house, some of which they didn’t use.

The reduction of emission and the need to have quick and efficient repairs was the main aim of the innovation regarding OBD scan tools. If the Heavy Duty Diagnostic was going to present a new front for delayed repairs, then it would not serve the purpose. The environmental protection agency (EPA) in the United States recommended for an electronic gadget which was standard and would not have these challenges.

The second generation onboard diagnostic scan tools were thus invented. These tools are among the best the automotive industry has seen because of the nature of their action. One tool can in fact be seen to work on several other cars without any trouble. In most instances, novices are found to have their use quite appropriate.

EOBD2 scanner

EOBD2 & OBD2 Diesel Diagnosic tool

The success seen with the second generation scanners is immensely attributed to the protocol coverage within them which makes them more compatible with newer car models and even older car models. This has led to their being seen as the best scan tools for use on the car.
Why OBD 2?

The OBD 2 machines have thus been rated highly as one of the best tools worth using if you want to have a smooth scan.

The reasons for OBD 2 preference are as follows;

Wide protocol coverage- while the old generation scan tools were known to cover almost all the known protocols within the span of the diagnostic scanner use. This fact has always given them great advantages in terms of compatibility.
Ease of use- with the OBD 2 the user may not have to hustle around looking for code meaning. This is mostly because most of them have a directory where all the codes read are translated. In addition, some have audio for relaying the code progress meaning and completion of the repair process.
Cost effective- by reducing the time taken by the mechanic on the car, these OBD scan tools have drastically reduced the repair time as well as the overall cost that a mechanic would charge. Moreover, most of them are cheap in terms of price.
Longer use- the OBD 2 scanner is known to have an updatability feature that is the most special thing about them. This can allow them to be used with newer cars. Moreover, by just downloading some of the software associated with these tools, one can turn any mobile devices into an OBD 2 Bluetooth scan tool.

With all these facts at hand, it is clear that the OBD 2 is among the best gadgets to use on the cars. The European version may b e the EOBD 2 but the purpose id the same. This however does not overrule all OBD 1 scan readers in the market. They are equally good but cannot be the best.

How to update BMW ICOM A2 firmware to V1.40.05

BMW ICOM firmware has been updated at CnAutotool. Here, the engineer offers the icom firmware update file and instruction to help you update ICOM A1/ A2 system image to version 01.25.02 & application image to version 01.40.05.

What do you need when doing ICOM firmware update?
ICOM A A2 diagnostic tool
(make sure of your ICOM version, common version or super/perfect version)
Laptop with Win 7 Win 8

Free download ICOM A A2 firmware update files:

Why to update ICOM firmware to 1.25.02 1.40.05?

For the newest Rheingold/ ista+ 2016, it is a must to update the BMW diagnostic tool firmware to the latest; otherwise, it would fail to diagnosis or do programming on BMW vehicles.

How to update ICOM A A2 system 01.25.02  application  01.40.05?
1.Connect ICOM A1 / ICOM A2 to PC via wired network connection.
Connect ICOM A1 / ICOM A2 emulator to the vehicle or power on the emulator via 12V power adapter.

2. Open Internet Explorer
for icom a1/a2 common version, go to
User name: root
Password: NZY11502
for icom a2 super version, go to
User name: root
Password: NZY1150263

3.Click “Update Firmware“, to get the ICOM firmware version.

4.Select file “ICOM-BootImage-01-25-02.bin”, to set image type as SYSTEM, then click “Send the file”.

5.Prompt: Write the image file to the flash?
Select Yes, and the light on ICOM mux will turn red.

6 .Prompt: The SYSTEM IMAGE update was successful.
Click “Update Firmware”.

7. Select file “ICOM-ApplicationImage-01-40-05.bin”, to set image type as APPLICATION, and then click “Send the file”.
(several minutes needed)

8. Prompt: Write the image file to the flash?
Select Yes, and the light on BMW ICOM A+B+C mux will turn red for the second time.

9 .When all is ok, click “reboot“.
NOTE: change the local network connection, that is, set automatically obtain local network connection

Two update files are available. Use the small-size first, then the big-size.
When using the small-size file, select SYSTEM.
When using the big-size file, select APPLICATION.

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BMW ICOM A2 ISTA-P Not Registered Was Resolved by Cnautotool

when bmw icom A2 ISTA-P work(via loader) but ISTA-D won’t. you can catch the belows factors.

1.System information:
windos 7 X86 in VM, X64 physical,4GB RAM, 180+HDD,.NET Framework 4.5 newest Flash/shockwave(..),”ISTA_SYS_3.48.20.13322.msi”

If we open BMW ICOM ISTA-D We’re getting the message:

code: Attention-This device has not been registered

If we change the following line from “true”to “false”

code: <add key=”BMW.Rheingold.CoreFramework.ILeanActive”value=”false”/>

We get an other window than the not registered:


License warning! Unfortunately your local copy it not actived yet or has expired, it’s necessary to activate your laocal installation via an authenticated lincense. Please folow the steps in the next diaglogs

If we go on  there are fields for name/E-mail/Comment. After that it shows an key, which should be sent via mail to them. Below there is an field for a license. we also copied the license from an other and earlier version(3.44.30 which seems to be update only) in this field but still can’t click on the next button which is greyed out.

The ISPI Admin client shows all installed.


ISPI Admin client: 1.1.808.3ISTA: 2014.12.1.0

After We’ve read it never would activate in a VMware VM I’ve installed it on a physical machine but same problems there.


The only thing you need to do is run the “ID.reg” file so it will add some info to the registry. After this, ISTA/D should work fine.

Get the file from here. unpack it and double click it.

Attached file:


Software version:
ISTA-D 4.04.12
VIN: 2017.02.13

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Autologic BMW car or truck diagnostics Tool

Autologic BMW car or truck diagnostics Tool
one. It could not be current since it just isn’t original.
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BMW Scan Device Description:

Autologic BMW may make garages to undertake independently any company and repairs without any outside help. Autologic BMW can provide more quickly diagnostics, coding and programming than other BMW diagnostic resources, for example ??GT1??, ??SSS?ˉ, BMW Scan Tool and ??ISIS?ˉ. Apart from these, Autologic BMW match aftermarket parts and you will find far more optional variation as BMW Scan Device.

Autologic BMW is straightforward to be used. Information is displayed on the huge touch-sensitive display by an easy menu construction, BMW ICOM Scan Resource supported by comprehensive help screens.
BMW Scan Resource available Coverage:
Autologic BMW covers automobiles from 1986 onwards
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BMW Scan Instrument Functionality:
one. Autologic BMW MINI is a part of the Autologic BMW program deal or a stand by yourself BMW MINI software.
two. Coding Individualisation & Programming (CIP) Program ¨C Autologic is unique by being the only aftermarket diagnostic software BMW Scan Software to offer coding and programming in one
three. Providing independent garages with the MOST ¨C Programming time can be reduced by up to 60%* using Autologic?ˉs BMW Scan Instrument Optical Interface compared to OBD II / J1962 connection
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BMW Scan Device Specification:
Full details on Autologic BMW and BMW MINI diagnostic capabilities are provided in the pdf documents
The Autologic diagnostic device for BMW Scan Instrument autos is with no doubt the most comprehensive instrument being made available to independent BMW specialists.
Autologic BMW is unique in offering full fault code read and re-set, full component activation, BMW Scan Resource electronic control unit procedures, clearing and setting of adaptation values, full protection of (ECU) control units coding, full programming capability including engine control modules and transmission control BMW Scan Device modules, adjustment of engine idle, real-time reading of all dynamic data, procedure for engine and immobiliser alignment, BMW Scan Instrument procedure for trial substitution of control units and procedure for the fitting of BMW accessories. Car/Key Memory Perform for personalising vehicle.BMW Scan Tool

I suggest you to buy BMW ICOM A2

A good diagnostic tool for car diagnose and programming for BMW, the BMW ICOM firstly of all is the best choice for engineer or garage or private car driver. Surely the BMW ICOM is the best tool, but there are three kinds of bmw icom, BMW ICOM A+B+C, BMW ICOM A2+B+C, BMW ICOM A3, the best one I suggest here is: BMW ICOM A2

if you bought ICOM A or ICOM A2 interface from china car diagnostic tools supplier, as you know, it is sometimes necessary to update the ICOM A2 or ICOM A Firmware to latest vrsion, Where can i get ICOM firmware update file. and how to update icom A firmware by Step. Is there any known FAQ in the web available or is this simple learning by suffering? here, we share the Update Steps and Note for Chinese or original ICOM A and ICOM A2 Firmware

BMW diagnostic tool ICOM A and A2 are professtional tool for BMW groups includes BMW, MINI,ROLLS-ROYCE and motobike. Its function includes vehicle diagnose (for all systems), coding ( for example activating hidden functions) and programming.BMW ICOM A3 is the update version with new design than BMW ICOM A2 , the weight of A3 is lighter than A2 , the design is more small than A2 , its more portable and convenience for you to use it .