NT 510 vs. Carly, which better for BMW diagnostic & coding?

So what would be the difference between NT510 multi-system scanner  and Carly app in terms of diagnostics? I know coding wise there are pros and cons between them.


Carly can read and clear codes, also can register batteries at $15 a pop. I don’t think it can code injectors though… at least I haven’t been able to find a way.


The nt510can read OBD codes from any car and also do specific vehicle operations to BMW / Mini / Rolls. It’s a lot better in terms of diagnostics. It has a lot more functionality in terms of reading live data, freeze frame data, activating individual components to check for faults etc. If you had a tricky fault i’d say you have a much better chance of pinpointing it with the Foxwell tool.

It also has a lot more functionality i terms of DIYs since it can do resets/adaptations

The interface and connection is also a lot better than Carly.

I like the fact that Carly can do simple coding but in general i’m not a fan of their interface and their connection is pretty bad…. even when compared to other wifi based iOS OBD apps



In summary…

Both are great tools, depends upon what you’re looking for. Coding and serious diagnostics should always be done over a wire in my opinion. Actually for coding, I use INPA/NCS.

If you want something you can just leave plugged in and read codes or just log if you feel like it, it would seem Carly is the way to go.

For quick reference I have the dongle in my car and my phone is always in my pocket, for more detailed scanning I like the Foxwell NT510 scan tool over app based tools.



Carly for BMW review:


I used Carly for my wife’s previous E88 128 convertible and it worked great – no having to do one item at a time, etc. Not quite sure what the problem is with the F-cars, because the principle is the same – read coding data, modify, write coding data. Apparently the new “network” and whatever read/write protocol that implies is far different than the CANbus of the E-series cars.

By comparison, E-Sys has improved vastly over the past year or two and coding both my F30 and the wife’s new F23 was relatively easy, particularly since you can save the coding data, disconnect, take the computer inside to do the modifications on a copy of the saved data, then reconnect and push the data back using the modified file. No more sitting in the car searching for the feature to be coded while the engine’s idling.



Ps. Actually, the Carly adapter is Bluetooth. E-Sys looks for a connection via the ethernet port on your laptop. It won’t recognize BT at all – at least, I’ve not been able to make it do so. If your laptop doesn’t have an ethernet/RJ45 connector, you’ll need to find a device that does. Pretty sure that you can’t use a USB-to-ethernet adapter, either.
NT510 BMW review:


2010 BMW 335i

Can code new injectors in the BMW 2010 335i


2011 E90 328i LCI

Can Re-program the Speed Governor on 2011 e90 328i LCI model, vin WBAPH7C52BE852716…please note: Performance software is required to manipulate top speed limiters.


E92 M3

Can perform a throttle actuator adaptation on an e92 M3 after replacement


2010 BMW e88:

it support reprogramming of injector values and Engine idol speeds and it can be used on it, so far, everything is OK,


2008 BMW E93:

register a new battery- SUCCESS


2009 535i N54

Allow to alignment and calibrate fuel injectors on a 2009 535i N54 engine


2003 e46 325xi

Can read codes from a transmission control unit (TCU) on a 2003 e46 325xi.


2006 BMW X3:

able to find 2 misfires because of bad plugs.


2009 BMW z4:

able to diagnose and find bad HAL sensors stopping the roof from retracting


2009 bmw 335i (American):

Managed to do battery registration


BMW X5 E53:

Used NT510 scanner to get all of the air out of ABS block–> OK


BMW E39 M5(2003)

X5 E53 4.6is (2003)

540iT (1999):

I bit the bullet and ordered one also along with a Bentley manual. I’ve got 3 BMWs E39 M5(2003), X5 E53 4.6is (2003), and 540iT (1999). Because it has specific BMW codes it seams worth the investment and well beyond a peak code reader.


BMW E90:

Bi-directional control tests and oil light reset… no issues


2009 BMW 335 Diesel E90

all functions in the list are tested


F82 M4

Can can provide sensor data from the oil level system on an F82 M4, The M4 apparently can only read the oil level with the iDrive, which we plan on permanently removing for non-street use.


e90 328i

Can register a battery to an e90 328i.


2007 328i Coupe

Can determine which wheel speed sensor is bad on 2007 328i Coupe.


2004 X3

NT510 can read and reset airbag service light. I have an intermittent airbag service light on a 2004 X3 that BMW service cannot track down as it clears from memory before I can get it in for service.


09 BMW E82 135

Have the ability on the 09 BMW E82 135 to scan for ghost codes, and any other stored codes. For example, example it will read codes that you did not get a scanner connected fast enough while the check engine light was on and it goes off before you know what the code actually was.



capable of functioning as a universal OBDII reader for all makes in addition to it’s BMW/Mini/RR Specific functions.


2012 mini cooper 

Can work with a 2012 mini cooper countryman s all 4.


E36 OBD1

Have E36 OBD1, for OBD1 cars will require adapter ES2992111 to perform function, Available features will be dependent upon the cars abilities. Not all features are compatible with all models.


E39 M5 2000

Communicates via the obdII plug in the cabin on the E39 M5 2000, no extra adapters needed.


 read and reset O2 sensor 

can read and reset O2 sensor readiness codes but will not code them off permanently.


nt510 update

Updates can be skipped; sequential installation of updates is not required.


2011 335d 

Can reset “Right/Left Cornering light” warnings on 2011 335d caused by after-market halo installation. To properly clear the error code you need halos with proper  resistance, this will cause the car’s computer to automatically reset the warnings.


2011 335i N55

All functions are supported across the E93 series on a 2011 335i N55.


Mini Cooper S R56

Ok to reset the Airbag/seatbelt light on Mini Cooper S R56.


 2012 BMW F10

Ok to modulate the e-parking brake on a 2012 BMW F10 to enable a rear brake job with rotor replacement.


 e46 m3

Can do VANOS test, Idle Sync etc for e46 m3.


2008-011 m3

Can activate the abs unit in order to bleed it on a 2008-011 m3.


BMW and mini cooper

Can do battery registrations and coding on BMW and mini cooper.


08-2011 M3

Be able to code a new battery on 08-2011 M3’s.


early E36 

To make NT510 is compatible with the early E36 (The car has ads modules for Abs and srs), need the 20 pin adapter ES2992111.


e46 m3

Can reset the adaptations needed after an e46 m3 smg clutch change.



Enable auto rear window defogger for GM5 module on BMW E46. E46 general module coding is possible.


2002 745

Can perform the dynamic drive reset for a 2002 745.


BMW e83

Reset the transfer case oil wear indicator on BMW e83.


2008 BMW 135i

Can code injectors and new battery on 2008 BMW 135i.


bmw f32

Able to reset transfer case adaptations after transfer case fluid change in an F32.


Mini Cooper R56

Can code for Xenon headlight conversions and also for activating *Sirius Retrofit Enable Code (FSC)* for Mini Cooper R56’s, but only some models not all.


bmw z4m roadster 2007 – FAILED

NT510 scanner cannot remove the top rpm limiter on a bmw z4m roadster 2007, performance tuning software is required to remove top speed limiters.


2005 BMW x5 4.4i e53 – FAILED

Can’t retract the calipers on a 2005 BMW x5 4.4i e53.  The E53 does not have electronically controlled calipers. On the E53 you’ll manually compress the pistons after removing the caliper, please see the following tools to assist you with this task, ES8211 ES9747 ES2153340


display the sensor’s output

Be able to display the sensor’s output if this function is registered by the car’s dme.


pull codes from the SRS

Can pull codes from the SRS system and reset the light once all issues are corrected


code LCM, GM

Allow coding of the LCM and GM on BMW vehicles.


program new ABS

Have the ability to program new ABS components to current vehicle.


bmw specific

Can read BMW Specific (Shadow/Hidden Codes)


reset sas

Able to reset the (sas) steering angle sensor


change line codes

Allow for line code changes when programming car options, such as automatic door locking.


recode&program modules

Module recoding and programming is possible with this tool.


register new tire pressure

Can register new tire pressure monitoring sensors.


TPMS receiver..depends on the vehicle

Whether NT510/NT520 Pro can read TPMS codes or not (Specifically to tell which TPMS receiver is malfunctioning), it depends on the vehicle,If your car has the ability to provide this information the tool will be able to pull this data.


computer and system for software

The included software is not native to Mac computers.

win10 is compatible.