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Auto Code Tester - Where's My Connector Location - BMW

Updated on August 10, 2014

It wasn't any laughing matter. The red-faced man had a check engine light on in his sparkling symbol of success and it had let him down. His BMW was clearly a source of personal pleasure, but his chagrin was very evident when he moaned:

"I worked my ass off to be the top salesman in our division, and buying and paying cash for this car was my personal reward. It's bad enough that I got laid off four months ago, and have gotten rejected on every job interview I've gone on since then -- but at least when I drove away from those rejections -- I had this Bimmer that I loved. Now, even it hates me! The check engine light is on and the dealership wants over one hundred dollars to diagnose the problem."

His neighbor had an auto code scanner that he could use, but neither of them could find out exactly where his data link connector was on his BMW.

Here's the Auto Code Connector information they needed:

2008 BMW 1 Series
2008 BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series (2008 - 2009)

  • BMW 1 Series 2008 -- located under driver side dash, next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 1 Series 2009 -- located under driver side dash, next to kick panel -- it is covered

2006 BMW 3 Series
2006 BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series (1996 - 2009)

  • BMW 3 Series 1996 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 1997 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 1998 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 1999 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2000 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2001 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2002 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2003 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2004-- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2005 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2006 -- located lower dash, next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2007-- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 3 Series 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

2003 BMW 5 Series
2003 BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series (1997 - 2009)

  • BMW 5 Series 1997 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 1998 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 1999 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2000 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2001 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2002 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2003 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2004 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2005 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2006 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2007-- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 5 Series 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

2004 BMW Series 6
2004 BMW Series 6

BMW 6 Series (2004 - 2009)

  • BMW 6 Series 2004 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 6 Series 2005 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 6 Series 2006 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 6 Series 2007 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 6 Series 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 6 Series 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

2009 BMW Series 7
2009 BMW Series 7

BMW 7 Series (1996 - 2009)

  • BMW 7 Series 1996 -- located below radio & AC controls; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 1997 -- located below radio & AC controls; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 1998 -- located below radio & AC controls; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 1999 -- located below radio & AC controls; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2000 -- located below radio & AC controls; pull 2 covers down -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2001 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2002 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2003 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2004 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2005 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2006 - located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2007 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW 7 Series 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

BMW Series 8
BMW Series 8

BMW 8 Series (1996 - 1997)

  • BMW Series 8 1996-- located lower dash, next to kick panel, need to pull down 2 covers -- it is covered
  • BMW Series 8 1997-- located lower dash, next to kick panel, need to pull down 2 covers -- it is covered

2001 BMW Z3
2001 BMW Z3

BMW Z3 (1996 - 2002)

  • BMW Z3 1996 -- located under passenger dash -- it is covered
  • BMW Z3 1997 -- located under passenger dash -- it is covered
  • BMW Z3 1998 -- located under passenger dash -- it is covered
  • BMW Z3 1999 -- located on passenger side of center console -- it is covered
  • BMW Z3 2000 -- located under passenger dash -- it is covered
  • BMW Z3 2001 -- located passenger side dash, next to console -- it is covered
  • BMW Z3 2002 -- located passenger side dash, next to console -- it is covered

 

BMW Z4
BMW Z4

BMW Z4 (2003 - 2009)

  • BMW Z4 2003 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW Z4 2004 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW Z4 2005 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW Z4 2006 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW Z4 2007 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW Z4 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW Z4 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

BMW Z8
BMW Z8

BMW Z8 (2001 - 2003)

  • BMW Z8 2001 -- located lower dash; over clutch & brake pedals; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW Z8 2002 -- located lower dash; over clutch & brake pedals; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW Z8 2003-- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered

BMW X3
BMW X3

BMW X3 (2004 - 2009)

  • BMW X3 2004 -- located under driver next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X3 2005 -- located under driver next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X3 2006 -- located under driver next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X3 2007 -- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X3 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW X3 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

BMW X5
BMW X5

BMW X5 (2000 - 2009)

  • BMW X5 2000 -- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2001 -- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2002-- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2003 -- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2004 -- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2005 -- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2006 -- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2007 -- located lower dash next to kick panel;pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW X5 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

BMW X6
BMW X6

BMW X6 (2008-2009)

  • BMW X6 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW X6 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

BMW M3
BMW M3

BMW M3 (2008 - 2009)

  • BMW M3 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW M3 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

BMW M5
BMW M5

BMW M5 (2006 - 2009)

  • BMW M5 2006 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW M5 2007 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW M5 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW M5 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

 

BMW M6
BMW M6

BMW M6 (2006 - 2009)

  • BMW M6 2006 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW M6 2007 -- located lower dash next to kick panel; pull cover down -- it is covered
  • BMW M6 2008 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered
  • BMW M6 2009 -- located under driver side dash next to kick panel -- it is covered

BMW Vision Dynamics - Part I

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      Donald Beamerfan 

      4 years ago

      Hi I am very grateful that there is help like this available.

      My search is for OBD-2 location on right hand drive 2003 BMW Z4 and I find the answer is, lower dash behind the kick panel. This might sound silly but in all the years I have worked on cars and have been successful with some pretty tough jobs engine rebuilds clutch jobs etc. I am stuck on this word kick panel, where is it ? I guess it is in the foot well somewhere but before I start to dismantle the foot well panels in the z4 as nothing is easy in BMW's I would be happier with say for example: lower dash, drivers side, under centre console side panel or lower dash, drivers side, under right hand foot well panel. The expression kick panel is not familiar it seems in Europe as there are many posts on the web asking, " what ( where ) is a (is the) kick panel ".

      I'm thinking the term maybe more familiar in America.

      However we will find out where it is no doubt. Drive safely

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      sdcomb 

      6 years ago

      Very nice cars. I could buy one of them instantly. WOW

    • Jerilee Wei profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerilee Wei 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks Peter Yoo - BMW!

      Thanks Kelly 2010!

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      Kelly 2010 

      7 years ago

      Excellent resource for bimmer owners, thanks!

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      Peter Yoo - BMW 

      8 years ago

      Hey awesome thanks for this. It's very helpful since all the models are here. I'll bookmark this just incase I need it in the future.

    • Jerilee Wei profile imageAUTHOR

      Jerilee Wei 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks RNMSN! Actually I started this series solely because I discovered it was very difficult to find one single source for each make and model of car to located one's auto code connector. It's not a lot of research, just tedious to type :D

      Thanks AARON99! Hoping someday someone will find this is exactly what they need.

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      AARON99 

      8 years ago

      Just an informative hub with great research. Keep it up.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      oh my goodness Jerilee!! TMI!!!!! lol no this is an article that took a great many researching sites and sorting just to put it under which beemer!!

      dumb ole yuppie cars...who'd want one anyway?

      certainly not a baby blue M 3

      oh no not me///never mind dont beg it wont do any good

      Im letting you know right now that I will NOT be driving one not even when i win the lottery!!!

      certainly NOT!!

      is mine here yet?

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