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Hey gang, I'm relatively new to Mini ownership. Our 2013 Countryman needs a new battery. I got one from Costco, but in the process of researching how to get the panel off etc to replace the battery, I discovered that the computer needs to be updated so the car changes how charging behaves for a new battery (so it doesn't over-charge, and there isn't damage to the alternator, etc). Looks like I can get a cheap Bluetooth OBD reader off Amazon for like $15, and from what I've read it looks like an app called "Bimmercode" should help me change the settings in the Mini's battery management.

Is this a pretty straightforward DIY process? Any help? Thanks in advance! :)
 

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i would check with the vender that it does in fact cover your age of car and for that model i cannot comment on it as never used or owned one, what i use a lot is autocom cdp plus it covers most cars not just mini as read and write options as to program stuff like batteries and injectors etc, link below for a idea
or the factory software below insta
 
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The autocom is frequently recommended in this forum, but it is generally not available in the US. The eBay sellers are almost all in China. I'm also searching for the 'best' scanner under $100 that will cover more than the basic codes for the Mini. So far it looks like Innova has a few models in this price range.
 

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will they except uk sellers if so try this link
contact them first and ask the question as for us approved diagnostics hmmm that hard one snap on tools do good range but at garage money, also a lot of diagnostics say do battery code but might not be covered on mini etc, some on here have Carly app dont personally have much to do with those apps, i would think for customs inward to usa if it was sent as a you forgot this when you went back state side you could argue you already owned as such hard one
 
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The autocom is frequently recommended in this forum, but it is generally not available in the US. The eBay sellers are almost all in China. I'm also searching for the 'best' scanner under $100 that will cover more than the basic codes for the Mini. So far it looks like Innova has a few models in this price range.
AliExpress sells them


People also use BlueDriver


Worth checking on Amazon to see if any seller have them stocked in Amazon warehouse.
 

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Anyone using the BlueDriver with their Mini? I downloaded the app and it looks like it's very easy to use. The website says it covers advanced codes for BMW and Mini.
 

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I'm currently have use of Carly, Bimmercode, Autocom & Rheingold.

I have heard good thing about BlueDrive (but never used it myself) and cheaper than Carly and as it's Canadian company (I think) so should be easy to get hold of in USA.
 

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I'm currently have use of Carly, Bimmercode, Autocom & Rheingold.

I have heard good thing about BlueDrive (but never used it myself) and cheaper than Carly and as it's Canadian company (I think) so should be easy to get hold of in USA.
its a hard one i got autocom and wurth snooper and insta d and inpa also have access to latest snap on diagnostics which i like a lot really good to use so many functions that i know works, but the price £1000 start off point and that's no where near the top end one but does enough if you understand voltages and controllers and how they work etc, autocom and snooper can be hit and miss sometimes i had a Citroen not so long ago had a short circuit on thermostat housing and autoocm do not read it right ie -48 on coolant sensor so i ended up wasting a load of time thinking ecu fault or wiring and after going through the whole system to find with mulit meter every volat age was there and changes with heat and cold etc. was not until i spat my dummy out with it gave it to john at black magic to sort the ecu ie clone it as thought it was the internal control of it,, i left car there for few days as i had other stuff to do, when i collected it he said nothing wrong it all working as should seen on snap on it was , turned out the autocom was at fault, also cheap diagnostics can mislead when they dont read all codes
 
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its a hard one i got autocom and wurth snooper and insta d and inpa also have access to latest snap on diagnostics which i like a lot really good to use so many functions that i know works, but the price £1000 start off point and that's no where near the top end one but does enough if you understand voltages and controllers and how they work etc, autocom and snooper can be hit and miss sometimes i had a Citroen not so long ago had a short circuit on thermostat housing and autoocm do not read it right ie -48 on coolant sensor so i ended up wasting a load of time thinking ecu fault or wiring and after going through the whole system to find with mulit meter every volat age was there and changes with heat and cold etc. was not until i spat my dummy out with it gave it to john at black magic to sort the ecu ie clone it as thought it was the internal control of it,, i left car there for few days as i had other stuff to do, when i collected it he said nothing wrong it all working as should seen on snap on it was , turned out the autocom was at fault, also cheap diagnostics can mislead when they dont read all codes
I can't really recommend Carly for BMW Pro for diagnostic purposes as it's costly since the developer changed to subscription based service, but it's easy to use for changing settings on different ECUs within the BMW & MINI platform.

BlueDriver is primarily a diagnostic tool and easily obtainable for people in the USA/CANADA region and within the price of a low end standalone scan tool.
 

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anyone noticed as soon as we talk about something selective adds pop in between our conversations, ha ha just knew it since new revamp of site must be getting its money from adverts now as well,
 
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