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2017-05-01

Beginners’ comprehensive guide for BMW ISTA+

Part 1: PDF file on BMW ISTA+ installation, configuration and/or usage
It includes installation, configuration and/or usage. The guide attempts to answer fundamental questions on what the BMW ISTA+ is for, what can you do with it and how to configure it so that you can connect to the car and run diagnostics on all cars and in case of F/G/i/Mini/RR cars, programming.

Part 2: Programming with ISTA+
Programming fundamentals with ISTA+
NOTE: Programming with ISTA+ is only possible with a BMW ICOM and a 70+ amp rated Power Supply. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PROGRAM WITH ISTA+ WITHOUT THESE TWO ITEMS!
  • Programming can be accessed via the “Vehicle management” / “Software update” menu.
  • The planned actions are initially produced in the measures plan. The measures plan determined after the vehicle test can be done directly in the “Comfort” tab, or added to manually beforehand in the “Advanced” tab, then calculated and executed.
  • The car can be programmed to the latest I level using the comfort software update without any further actions based on the measures plan which has already been determined.
  • It is not possible to select additional actions manually in this menu.
  • Initializations and follow-up operations that might be required are automatically added during the measures plan calculation.
All other modes of programming and pre/post requirements are discussed in detail in the Help Document located at ~\Rheingold\Help folder.
  • Software update
  • Comfort – as per the suggested measures plan
  • Advanced – with broadened scope
  • Additional software (range of functions is not active yet)
  • Control unit replacement
  • Before exchange (preparation) – control unit read-out for the exchange
  • After exchange (subsequent evaluation) – control unit configuration after exchange
  • Vehicle modification
  • Retrofit
  • Conversion
  • Conversion (only coding)
  • Backfitting
  • Immediate measures
Part 3: FAQ: Evaluate SOC and Battery Registration with ISTA+
Checking your State of Charge and Battery Registration with ISTA+

Connect to the car using your preferred cable.

    Do a vehicle test
    After a vehicle test, go to Vehicle Management --> Service functions tab.
    Next select Body, then Voltage Supply
    Then select Battery

Here you will be presented with 2 options:

    Option 1 is to test SOC. Choose Evaluate Battery State of Charge OR
    Option 2 - Register Battery Replacement
    Then click on at the bottom right. The ABL/FUB/REP and/or SSP will be populated. Select the FUB or REP to learn more OR select the ABL and run it.

NOTE: If changing battery types, coding is required before you can register battery replacement.

Part 4. FAQ: Steering Angle Sensor Adjustment
 Steering Angle Sensor Adjustments:

    Go to Vehicle Management --> Service Functions
    Select Chassis and Suspension
    Select Steering Angle Sensor
    Select Steering Angle Sensor Adjustment
    Then click on at the bottom right. The ABL/FUB/REP and/or SSP will be populated. Select the FUB or REP to learn more OR select the ABL and run it.


Part 5: From the release notes, following series are supported for programming in ISTA+ and iLevels for each series:

    F001 (F0x, RR4, RR5) F001-16-11-501
    F010 (F06, F1x) F010-16-11-501
    F020 (F2x, F3x, F80, F82, F83, F87) F020-16-11-501
    F025 (F15, F16, F25, F26, F85, F86) F025-16-11-501
    F056 (F4x, F5x, F6x) F056-16-11-501
    S15A (G1x, G3x) S15A-16-07-506
    I001 (I03, I08) I001-16-07-506


The following Mini/RR programming is not supported in ISTA+

    R056 (R55, R56, R57, R58, R59, R60, R61)
    RR01 (RR1, RR2, RR3)


You can use ISTA/P to program these cars.