Bosch Diagnostics

M-VCI now capable of OEM BMW diagnostics

Bosch's Mastertech VCI (M-VCI) aftermarket scan tool now provides OEM level diagnostic and reprogramming functions for BMW and Mini vehicles by supporting BMW's Technical Information System (ISTA) application for the aftermarket. "This is a powerful addition to M-VCI's diagnostic capabilities which already boasts of two industry leading aftermarket diagnostics applications - ESI[tronic]™ 2.0, Shop Foreman Pro software, in addition to supporting the General Motors Tech2Win OEM diagnostic application," said Ravi Subramanyan, Senior Product Manager for Bosch Diagnostics Business Unit.

"With the addition of ISTA functionality on BMW and Mini vehicles, the Mastertech VCI has reaffirmed its commitment to providing aftermarket diagnostic software, access to OEM level diagnostics, and ECU reprogramming, all through one common vehicle interface," Subramanyan indicated.

The ISTA program is BMW's aftermarket diagnostics and reprogramming software that is designed to use the J2534 API interface to provide OEM level capabilities. The ISTA application consists of several functionally oriented system components that communicate with each other, offering various features and functions, through an Internet connected Client/Server arrangement.  ISTA offers powerful BMW and Mini vehicle diagnostic (ISTA/D) and reprogramming (ISTA/P) capabilities, with various options for vehicle identification for highly specific information searches and guided troubleshooting.

Please refer to the BMW Tech Info website for subscription details, service bulletins, information regarding reprogramming/diagnostics, minimum system requirements and other details:

For details on how to connect a Bosch M-VCI to a BMW or Mini vehicle for diagnostics and reprogramming, please refer to the TSB by clicking here: MVCI_J2534_BMWBulletin