BMW diagnostic program

Brian Diagnostician Goshen, Indiana Posted   Latest  

I am trying to install BMW ISTA program. According to Drew technology’s info I need to download the OMS client. I can’t find it on BMWs website. Anyone know where I can download it? Thanks!

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Paul Technical Support Specialist
Lafayette, Colorado
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Once logged in you need to click the AOS menu item, then vehicle programming (ISTA-P), scroll all the way down to the download section. Bam! OMS installation files. Once the download is done, right click on the file and choose unblock! Then you can run it.

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Justin Technician
Belleville, Ontario
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Silly question. How frequently do they update ISTA? I am new to ista. I updated to TIS 2.0 on February 3. When I used it again on February 27 i got a prompt, I forget exactly what it said. It seems to me I re downloaded the client and programming data and all was good. Is this just something I am going to have to be aware of as an occasional user that I may have to update before use? So far I…

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Caleb Diagnostician
Mishawaka, Indiana
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I do not know the answer to that because the place I work has a one year sub. However I do know that ISTA has regular updates and as far as I know there is no published schedule. If I hit start it will tell me if there is an update available and I will have to do it before I can use ISTA.

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Justin Technician
Belleville, Ontario
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Gotcha. thank you Caleb.

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Paul Technical Support Specialist
Lafayette, Colorado
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Justin, ISTA + has way too many mandatory updates! That is one reason the OFFLINE installs are popular. OMS has not changed as much over the years. I have seen some EU user in a forum that seemed to get a notice about new versions, I asked how we could sign up for that, never got an answer. I never did ask support about that though.

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Justin Technician
Belleville, Ontario
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Thanks Paul.

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Bill Owner/Technician
Jackson, Michigan
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if your looking to use install ISTA - log in then select AOS drop down menu then ISTA. scroll to bottom and install- Client installation file and programming data. they are 2 separate files and both will be required to make it work.

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Caleb Diagnostician
Mishawaka, Indiana
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As others have said you have to go to BMW TIS and login. Then follow these 2 screenshots to access the link. Also as a side note. I can never get Chrome to work with ISTA Online. I always use IE. diag​.​net/file/f42gjc7fo… ​ diag​.​net/file/f43d7twam… ​

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Brian Diagnostician
Goshen, Indiana
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So I found the one file I needed but still no luck getting ISTA to work. I will attach a picture of the error message. I’m new to BMW programing so I’m sorry if it’s something simple.

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Brian Diagnostician
Goshen, Indiana
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Thanks to David from Drew tech we got it configured and it’s working correctly!

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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If you are new to BMW programming, I would recommend you find someone to walk you through it, or get an Auto Logic or Drive Pro and have AL assist you. ISTA is absolutely the worst program I have ever used. If you are going to have a steady diet of BMW programming, it may be advantageous to get ISTA, but I had rather use Drive Pro and go through AL. Much easier and safer in my opinion. ISTA is…

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Caleb Diagnostician
Mishawaka, Indiana
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ISTA is the worst program ever?? Can you elaborate Jamey? I use it often.

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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Hi Caleb, I don’t use it often. I do use Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda on a regular basis. These programs are very user friendly and just about anyone can install them, connect and start diagnosing and programming with little to no help. ISTA requires lots and lots of patience. As my good friend Dominic likes to say, it’s like tending sheep when using it, and he knows what he’s doing. I…

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Bill Owner/Technician
Jackson, Michigan
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Jamey None of the factory tools you speak of have integrated wiring diagrams, component locations, functional descriptions of curcuits, or test plans..... ISTA has a learning curve like most Euro factory tools but once you take the time to learn your way around it is one of the most complete tools....

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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I don’t get the chance to use it often enough to be proficient. I just think the user interface and navigation is clunky. It seems like it is written for an engineer and not a technician. I suppose if I used it on a daily basis I would feel different....... maybe! Oh, and Chrysler WiTech is integrated with service information and wiring diagrams. The new GM GDS is also combining their service…

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Bill Owner/Technician
Jackson, Michigan
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Jamey GM GDS combines service information?? I have a GDS subscription and have no access to SI.... Last I knew it was a separate subscription??

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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The new version that is currently only available to dealerships combines service information with the diagnostic tool. It is a split screen. I have played around with it. its fairly easy to navigate and use. However I think it would be best viewed on a 32” monitor and not a standard laptop.

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Caleb Diagnostician
Mishawaka, Indiana
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Jamey, I agree it is confusing in the beginning. As far as the loadong thing goes there is an indicator. I the top left of the screen there is 1,2,3 diaplayed. When you hit a button and ISTA is processing a command the square outline around the number will move in clockwise direction until the command has been processed.

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Elias Owner/Technician
Poway, California
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Im sorry I dont have the answer to your question but I recommend you consider and icom to program with if your planning on doing so...j2534 will not cut it for bmw in the long run.

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Paul Technical Support Specialist
Lafayette, Colorado
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ISTA is a great program to use. Much better than the darn JLR SDD or Volvo's ViDa! The advice above regarding a real ICOM Next A is good. We have heard of J-2534 programming events that lasted more than 40 hours! We have been supporting repair shops in the use of BMW factory systems since the GT1 days. Don't let JT's post hold you back, and if you ever need help, hit us up. My email is…

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Nelson Manager
Huntington Beach, California
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I want to give some insight on why the programming event lasted so long. I'm assuming you were programming a F series vehicle? Also i'm assuming you were programming a headunit like an HU-H within the measures plan since these units have huge programming files. The Cardaq Plus-3 has ethernet capability just like the ICOM but the issue is that there is no ethernet compatible PTD driver which…

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