Category Archives: BMW ICOM

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Hello mates. I do not know what to choose between BMW ICOM A3 HW 1.38 and BMW ICOM NEXT A + B + C HW 1.40
please help me with some advice



BMW ICOM A3 HW 1.38:

BMW ICOM NEXT A + B + C HW 1.40:

Reply 1: Both of these have the same hardware. None of them are clones of anything also. A3 is fully china version of ICOM, there is no original version looking like this crap. NEXT is just looking as genuine NEXT, but with old A1/A2 hardware inside, like A3.

Reply 2: I recommend buying an original Icom next. It is priced roughly at 500 euro. Take in consideration that you will probably work on cars that are worth 30-40k euro or maybe more and if your chinese icom fails you even once, you will be spending a lot of money on a bricked ecu.

Reply 3: You can have a Icom Next HQ clone if you don’t have much budget of it. This tool handles multiprogramming and coding quite nicely, much faster in BMW F and G series and if flashing the complete vehicle. It supports gigabit Ethernet too to be future proof, there currently is not gigabit Ethernet protocol defined yet for autos. will be compatibility for future cars. Also, it has a better wifi card and USB3.0 instead of USB2.0 (USB 3.0 is theoretically more than ten times faster than USB 2.0. We need usb 2.0 or usb 3.0 flash drive formatted with FAT32.)

No comments on China knockoff quality, I mean an ICOM Next interface.

Reply 4: Buy a icom next original or HQ clone, these are for a decent price now

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Solution of BMW Diagnostic Tool BMW ICOM BMW Ista Cannot Read BMW F-series

BMW Scanner BMW ICOM A2 BMW Ista from is the best diagnostic and programming tool for BMW Vehicles. BMW Diagnostic Tool ICOm A2 software have come to latest version BMW Ista v2017.9. ICOM Rheigold ISTA software for BMW diagnotic tools, BMW ISTA D software for BMW Diagnostic Tool, BMW ISTA P for BMW ICOM programming. Some customers may get the problem that cannot read BMW F-series when they use BMW Scan Tool BMW Ista , share you the solutions.

BMW Diagnostic Tool BMW ICOM with V2017.9 BMW Ista Software


Need help setting up BMW ICOM Rheingold, does not read F series
There is a diagnostic interface BMW ICOM A2BC, a Chinese clone.
Installed simply by installation, works fine reads scans, diagnoses, Version
THERE IS A PROBLEM! Do not read the BMW F-series

Says it was not possible to identify the car.
What to do?

Pls help!

bmw icom A2

bmw icom A2

6-2 6-3 6-4
BMW Scan Tool BMW Ista Working solution:
Put in the VCI Configuration check box is not for the item “Prefer Ethernet as the preferred communication channel for ICOM.”
Test Result:
It works, thanks.