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Possible to use ISTA-D for BMW coding/programming?

Here’s a bit dirty contribution of how to make ISTA-D work for BMW coding/programming.

Add the following at your own risk to:
C:Program Files (x86)BMWISPITRICISTATesterGUIbinReleaseISTAGUI.exe.config
<!-- Enable Programming -->
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.Enabled" value="true" />
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.ExpertMode" value="false" />
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.UseAIF" value="true" />
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.SCHNELLE_BAUDRATE" value="true" />
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.TESTER_ID" value="0" />
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.TEST_CHECKSUMME" value="true" />
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.U_PROG_FLAG" value="true" />
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.WITH_MOSTFIREWALL" value="true" />
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.FORCE_PROG_PROGRAM" value="true" />

<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.CoapiErrorLogPath" value="......Logs" />
<!-- Only for E series, not tested !!!! -->
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.CoapiBase.CoapiSearchPath" value="C:EC-APPSNFSdata" />
<!-- Only for E series, not tested !!!! -->

<!-- temp solution, to be checked and tested !!!!-->
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.PsdzBackupDataPath" value="%ISPIDATA%BMWISPIlogsTRICISTA" />

Important: IIsta doesnt start


please add this to your configuration file:
<add key="BMW.Rheingold.Programming.PsdzBackupDataPath" value="%ISPIDATA%BMWISPIdataTRICISTATemp"/>


UpdateOn Newer versions of ISTA, the programming settings must be in registry.


Security: You are trying on your own risk to enable ISTA-D to work for BMW coding or programming. No one holds any responsibility of what you’ll try. For sake of security, you’d better to use ISTA-D for diagnosis and ISTA-P for coding and programming. If you don’t want to spend a lot on ISTA from the dealer, a crack but functional ISTA-D & ISTA-P is your way to go. Site such as Good luck!


Mini Copper 2010 CAS 3+ remote solution: Lonsdor K518ISE done!

New test updated: Lonsdor K518ise key programmer successfully made new keys to BMW Mini Copper 2010 CAS 3+
Programming tool: Lonsdor K518ise off
Car: Mini Copper 2010 CAS 3+



Connected via OBD


Two remotes, one working and one not

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In Lonsdor K518:

Immobilizer - BMW - select by type - CAS2/CAS3 - program key


Lonsdor will start to make a dealer key to Mini Cooper:

1 this can add one key (select blank position)

2 this can replace the original key (choose non-blank position)

3 this can generate key via OBD or K518 key slot



Pls press the start button


Lonsdor K518 read out CAS part number and type (it’s CAS3+)


K518 read out vehicle identification number, cas part number, diagnostic code, key tooth code, remote key frequency (315MHz), ignition


Xhorse test the remote


K518ise is reading RAM, for about 1min..


Remove the key from the ignition switch

For a smart key, take it outside the car

Ok to continue


Safety checking


Reading key information


Current CAS key position info

Select key 4 and key slot generation


Note: if the car had been programmed but failed, pls unlock the key and restore cas data first


Select remote key

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Pull K518 key slot to the right and insert the key to be programmed (to identify if the key is legal and to pre-process key)


Current key is legal


Writing key info


Pls put the generated key into the key slot for 5 sec


If the vehicle cannot be started or direction lock shows on the dashboard, pls synch ELV or DME accordingly




Test the new key

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Done! Lonsdor K518 made a new key to mini cooper


Which brand best for car repair? Launch? Xhorse or what else?

Here, will guide you to choose the best and most cost-effective diagnostic tool or key programming tool. Here you go.


What is OBD360.COM:

 is a new site supplied with GENUINE car diagnostic and programming tools (Autel, Obdstar, Xhorse, Launch, etc) , the best solution those tired of bad China clones.


You will have good customer service all the time and get professional tech support from engineers working for development of auto scan tools. Tools are produced with security from reliable companies/factories: Autel, Obdstar, Xhorse, Launch, Xtool, Foxwell, Yanhua, Vident, etc.


Everything is guaranteed at

Products has no quality issues. All are tested before delivery!

Shipping methods are optional, incl. good express like DHL FEDEX, EMS, etc.

Payment is refundable, if your tool cannot work well.

Tech support is free lifetime and professional by experts.

Software & firmware is updated for better coverage and more functions.


You will get what you pay for!

And use tools off with relief.


About the original diagnostic tools:

Brands & Description:



Allscanner has two series of products:

Vxdiag VCX Nano GM/Ford/Mazda/Toyota/Jaguar/Land Rover...

Vxdiag Multi Tool for two or more car makes


Both are confirmed to do auto diagnostic tests and programming (incl ECU programming and key making)



Vident is young, released in the year 2018!

Vident can work for diagnostics and programming.

It is cheaper



Yanhua is famous for Digimaster 3 odometer correction tool and Mini ACDP key programmer.

Good to know Mini ACDP:

No need to remove chip
No need soldering
No need to cut the line
No need to lift the pin

Works for CAS3/CAS3+/CAS4/CAS4+/FEM/BDC



Xtool X100 Pad2 is a good success for car key programming.

XTool EZ500 HD highlights the heavy vuty diagnostic tool for trucks/buses.



Foxwell NT520 Pro (NT510 new version) is the most popular hand-held diagnostic tool.

It’s customized, software is optional that you can choose or add yourself.



Obdstar key tools are a good solution for professional locksmiths and personal use.

For personal use, have a tool for a car make, such as the green stand alone units, F100, F101, F102,F103, F104, F105, F106, F107, F108, F109.

For locksmiths, Obdstar X300DP or DP PLUS for the f100 to f109 units coverage


Launch X431:

If you know a bit car repair, you must have heard Launch X431 scan tools.

Launch x431 is a series of diagnostic tablets, with reliable customer service and tech support.



If you want a key tool with frequent software update, Xhorse is your way to go.

If you’re looking only for VAG + BMW , then VVDI2 and VVDI Prog is way to go. No need any other tool. In VVDI2 you have also programmer similar to Tango that you can make keys buy dump, but 90% of VAG and BMW can be done by OBD in VVDI2

If you need Mercedes key programming, VVDI-MB is definitely gonna happen.

Also, Xhorse has good reviews of key cutting machines like Condor Min.



Autel will perfect your diagnostics!

The Autel team has a very long history of diagnostic tests.

Engineers from Autel are professional and creative.