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BMW OBD-II (OBD2) port can be used to troubleshoot the vehicle, read codes, and even install a monitoring device. Locating the OBD2 port on a BMW is very easy. 

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Where is the OBD2 port on a BMW?

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On most  BMW vehicles, the OBD2 port is located under the dashboard on the driver’s side, right above the hood release handle.

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Open the driver's door but don't enter the vehicle. Kneel on the ground and look under the dashboard, and you will see the OBD-II access port.

BMW OBD2 Port Location

Pry open the plastic access door to access the OBD-II port. 

What is the BMW OBD2 port used for? 

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The BMW On-Board Diagnostic II (OBD-II) is used to diagnose and troubleshoot vehicle problems. For example, the BMW OBD2 port can be used to diagnose engine, transmission, ABS, Airbag, and other problems.

To access these systems, you will need a BMW OBD2 Scanner.

I can’t find the OBD2 port on a BMW? 

First, make sure to look deep under the dashboard. The OBD-II is deep under the dashboard on some BMWs, which means you may need to slide under the dash and use a flashlight to locate it.

Typically BMW covers the OBD-II port with a small cover, which you need to open to access the OBD-II port. Also, plastic may be inserted in the port, which you will need to pull out to plug in your scanner. 

If you don’t have an OBD2 port under the dashboard, the OBD2 port on your BMW may be located on the center console next to the cigarette outlet. You will have to remove a small trim to access the OBD2 port. 

Use a small flathead screwdriver to remove the plastic to expose the OBD2 port. 

Where is the BMW e46 OBD2 port located? 

BMW Series OBD2 port

The OBD2 port on a BMW e46 can be found under the dashboard on the driver's side. 

Where to find the BMW Z3 OBD2 port? 

BMW Z3 OBD2 Port can be located on the left passenger side. There is a little cap that is labeled "OBD" that you have to remove and expose the OBD2 port.

Where to find the BMW  X5 OBD2 port? 

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The OBD2 port on a BMW X5 is located under the dashboard above the brake pedal.

Where is the OBD2 port on a BMW E36?

BMW 3 Series E36 OBD Port Location

On some BMW E36, the OBD2 DLC port is located in the engine bay. There is a round cap that you need to remove.

Where to find the OBD2 Port location on a BMW E60/E61?

You can find the OBD2 port located on a BMW E60/E61 on the driver's left side.

Where can you find the BMW E39 OBD2 port location?

BMW3 series E39 OBD Port Location

You can find the OBD2 port located on a BMW E39 (1996-2003) right underneath the steering wheel. You can expose the OBD2 port by pulling the cap down.

If you cannot find the OBD2 port in that location, there is a second option. You can check on the engine bay and find a black little circle cap by removing that the OBD2 port Will be located there.

Where to find the OBD2 port located on a BMW E38?

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You can find the OBD2 port next to the cigarette outlet.

Does my BMW have an OBD2 port? 

All 1996 and newer BMWs sold in the US or 2001 and newer BMW sold in Europe have an Onboard Diagnostic Port, which you can use to troubleshoot your vehicle. That includes BMW 1-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, 7-Series, Z3, X1, X3, X5, X7, etc. 

What is the difference between OBD, OBD2, and OBD-II? 

OBD stands for Onboard diagnostic system. OBD often refers to OBD-I, which can be found on some older BMWs from 19985 to 1995. OBD-II is the correct name, but sometimes it is referred to as OBD2. 

OBD-II is found on all 1996 and newer BMW vehicles sold in the US.