VXDIAG A3 and BMW ICOM A2, which better for BMW repairing work?
ICOM A2 seems more populous coz it has been accepted in the market for a long time, while the new VXDIAG A3 BMW is cost-effective & functional and should be a good option to have a try for those new investors looking for BMW ICOM A2.
What is VXDIAG A3?
Allscanner VXDIAG A3 = €409
BMW ICOM A2 (€475) + Vxdiag vcx nano 5054 odis 3.0.3 wifi (€59.99) + Vxdiag vcx nano Jaguar Land Rover JLR SDD v145 (€95) = €629.99
So, SAVED €220.99 with a VXDIAG A3 diagnostic tool!
VXDIAG A3 BMW and BMW ICOM A2, any difference?
VXDIAG A3 BMW and ICOM A2 share the same software for BMW diagnostics, coding and programming; so, VXDIAG A3 BMW works as well as . But they’re kind of different in details.
1- manufacturer & hardware design
VXDIAG A3 and ICOM A2 is designed and produced by different manufacturers.
VXDIAG A3, look at this
ICOM A2, look at this
2- original or clone
VXDIAG A3 is original, made by Allscanner.
ICOM A2+B+C is the copy version; differs from various China factories.
3- stability: THE MOST IMPOTRANT!!!!
Allscanner VXDIAG A3 runs much more stable than icom a2 in diagnostics and programming.
4- BMW motorcycles solution
Icom a2 with Icom D adapter 100% work great for BMW moto diagnostics and programming, but this function is not confirmed by Allscanner. Maybe need luck with vxdiag a3.
So, it not advised as an investment of bmw moto repair.
(UPDATE: Vxdiag A3 with ICOM D is confirmed to work OK on bmw moto)
5- software version
Vxdiag a3: ISTA-D v40.01.21 ISTA-P v3.59.4.004
Icom a2: ISTA-D: 3.51.31 ISTA-P: 3.56.5.002
The newest icom software version:
ISTA-D 4.04.12 ISTA-P 3.60.2.001
Note: vxdiag a3 not only can work with bmw icom software but ODIS software, JLR SDD.
That is, it’s used as a full diagnostic & programming tool for BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini , LAND ROVER &JAGUAR.
All BMW software is verified working no issues:
BMW ISTA-D (Diagnostic);
BMW ISTA-P (Programming)
BMW Group ISPI (the fourth generation of BMW diagnostic software client);
E-SYS (Engineer Software for F series, available for programming, coding, Customization, realize hidden functions, advanced features);
WINKFP (for E series: programming, upgrade and downgrade);
Ediabas Tool32 (enter key, import codes, delete certification, advanced features of BMW series);
INPA (read vehicle information, diagnosis, read and clear trouble codes);
BMW Coding (for E series: import data, change the code or realize hidden functions);
KSD2 (offer full vehicle repairing information for diagnosis or programming);
NCS-Expert tool (for E series: set codes, realize hidden functions and change settings);
Note: BMW software engineer version is the quick and easy diagnostic programming and coding system that German BMW engineers are using. The system is designed in English and German. The Engineer version is so practical and powerful that it can achieve professional features which all the original professional computers can realize, can change the language into Chinese through the OBD port for import cars (Europe regulation cars, the United States and the United States, Africa, etc.). Features mainly include: diagnosis, programming (incl. programming one module only), coding, realize hidden function, new features activation, the module system update
Functions Confirmed via the VXDIAG A3:
01 use the button in the cab to close the trunk (electric tailgate), to terminate the reverse operation at any time (available in cars with the electric tailgate)
02 activate the Bluetooth phone function, to automatically play the music inside the phone every time you start the car. (Available in models with a USB port in the armrest box or gear)
03 support audio and video playback via USB cable as well as via iPod.
04 connect to the phone through the Wi-Fi (mobile phones are required to install software)
05 open the voice recognition function (currently only available in English digital telephone dialing)
06 operate the navigation menu when driving, watch DVD (Even the original car is available with CD, you can also watch DVD)
07 Active internet applications (available in post 2012.09 models with professional navigation, but some unsupported with unclear reasons)
08 immediately fold the rear-view mirror with the remote control (for the original car, owners need to press the lock key for 1.5 seconds)
09 activate gearbox program on the sport cars, at a quicker response for speeding up. But it will cause fault codes in ECU test in the 4S shop. (NOT recommended)
10 effectively prevent rear-end collision because brake lights flash quickly when braking severely (for 3 Series 5 Series, testing)
11 use mobile phone traffic to surf the Internet on iDrive via the phone Bluetooth (not tested yet)
12 adjust the warning speed of changing a lane (available in high-end cars with the rearview mirror with the dead angle warning indicator) (not tested yet)
13 automatically released the handbrake (parking button) when the vehicle is started (testing)
14 add the lane departure system and roadside warning identification function (available in optional cars with front cameras) (not tested yet)
15 L7 around Sound Pro
- Set Seat Belt Alarm time (second/sec)
- Disable passenger Seat Belt Alarm
- Disable driver Seat Belt Alarm
- Set the engine on/off status the same as that before the ignition off or the default status off.
- Set the central lock automatically unlock when ignition off
- Set Fuel Economy Mode as default mode after ignition on
- Enable roll up window when open car door
- Enable the option of DRL (Day Running Lights) on or off.
- Set Highlight auxiliary and intersection traffic light “Automatic”
- Enable to adjust DRL brightness (the default factory setting is brightest)
- Set fog light turn on while headlight is on
- Enable to Lock/Unlock sound and adjust the volume
- Enable auto close sunroof when raining (May lead to initialize sunroof, it will work only after ignition on for 10 seconds, not very effective.)
- Set windshield wiper Back in place when ignition off
- Set sunroof automatically close in a tilted state (It needs to initialize sunroof)
- Set the turn signal light on/off times (F30)
- Enable CIC menu display CI version
- Three Bluetooth phone rings available
- Enlarge phone number and text storage (25 to 50)
A/C (Automatic Air Conditioning)
20. Set indoor internal circulation memory the same as that when the ignition off last time.
- Set air conditioning memory the same as that when ignition off last time.
- Display engine output power and torque on navigation screen
- Cancel home screen boot delay confirm message
- Cancel rear view camera statement when reversing
- Display available gas station on navigation
- Display speed limit info (Need hardware support)
- Display engine torque menu
- Auto headlight
- Display tire pressure and temperature (Need hardware support)
- Adjust mile to kilometer
- GPS time synchronization
- Dashboard stimulate instant fuel consumption: change from 20 to 30
- Enable dashboard light on always
- Enable dashboard light always on at night (For BMW 535, GT, 7 series and part of BMW 530)
- Enable dashboard light always on at daytime (For BMW 535, GT, 7 series and part of BMW 530)
- Enable dashboard lights turn grey (For BMW 535, GT, 7 series and part of BMW 530)
- Enable dashboard lights turn orange or grey (For BMW 535, GT, 7 series and part of BMW 530)
- DS Mode display current shift from S1 to S7
- Set Head-Up Display (Navigation map distance and turn signal, etc.) (Need hardware support)
42 PDC reversing radar is changed vertically and horizontally