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Mini Cooper Programming Tools

Updated February 21, 2017

The Mini Cooper is a car now produced by BMW, but it was originally made by the British Motor Corp. These cars are extremely small and generally more fuel efficient than larger vehicles. Mini Cooper and Cooper S software programs allow you to see what's wrong with your vehicle, and some of these programs can even boost performance. They all require a fee to use.

Diagnostic Tool

The Bavarian Technic Diagnostic Tool works on most BMW cars and the Mini Cooper R50 and R56 models. This tool outputs error codes, which you can look up to determine what is wrong with your vehicle. It allows you to set up service reminders, which let you know when you have to do things such as change the oil. Other features include the ability to record information from your control unit, which it displays in real time. You can then export this data to either an Excel or CSV (comma-separated values) file. Other features include the ability to send messages to the control unit and view information about the engine control unit (ECU). This Bavarian Technic Diagnostic Tool works on the following systems: airbag, ABS (anti-lock braking system), air conditioning, alarms, central electronics, engine, heating and transmission. It uses a graphical user interface, which means that you can use this tool without having to write code. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee on this tool, and it plugs into your system as opposed to having to solder it in.

UNICHIP

The UNICHIP program is a software upgrade kit that is compatible with both the Mini Cooper and Cooper S models. This tool allows you to increase the horsepower (a measurement between 735.5 and 750 watts) of your car and increase torque. This tool also allows you to improve the overall performance of your engine while keeping the vehicle in a stable state. When you plug this tool into your car, it will output a graphical map of your vehicle's performance and the changes that you make to it.

GIAC

GIAC's software program allows you to manipulate and improve the horsepower and torque. It also allows you to improve how fuel and air pumps through your systems. This tool does not need to be soldered into your system. Instead, it works through the Flashloader, which is a Windows-based software program that you either install into your computer or mobile device. You then plug it into the ECU serial port on your dashboard.

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Misty Faucheux became a freelance writer in 1998 and has been an editor since 2004. She has written for a variety of websites and blogs, specializing in topics ranging from digital photography to computer systems to digital media. Faucheux received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Loyola University New Orleans.