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OBD-II scanners

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by stmpjmpr, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. Mar 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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    stmpjmpr

    stmpjmpr [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am thinking of getting a scanner but not sure what a good one would be for my Tacoma 4Runner and Lexus-RX350. who has one? what would you recommend?
     
  2. Mar 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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    stmpjmpr

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  3. Mar 31, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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    stmpjmpr [OP] Well-Known Member

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    and again
     
  4. Apr 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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    RickG

    RickG It seemed like a good idea at the time...

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    You looking for a serious diagnostic tool, or something less expensive? On the lower end of that scale I've had pretty good luck so far with an EBay bluetooth OBDII dealie and the paid version of Torque. Total cost about $25. Torque will let you create multiple vehicle profiles so you can use it for both.
     
  5. Apr 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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    stmpjmpr

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    Thanks Rick. will look into it.

    any other ppl with experinces?
     
  6. Apr 1, 2013 at 8:43 PM
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    willowattack

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    Just picked up a code hammer OBD II from napa for like 60 bucks today. It's not a serious scanner or anything, just basic code giving and CEL erasing. works so good it found a missfire :rolleyes:
     
  7. Apr 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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    I have a launch Creader6 and i love it. color screan, read and clear DCTs, and datastream. you can find them for less than $100
     
  8. Apr 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM
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    Country101

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    If you are just wanting to read and clear codes, you could just get an ultragauge. About ~$80 and gives you some extra gauges to look at and use.
     
  9. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:06 PM
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    12Mk6gti

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    Are you looking for something to read MIL codes or to have the capability to do bi-directional functions for component testing such as testing actuators or perform a labscope, use a 5 gas analyzer, oscilliscope?
     
  10. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM
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    PattyWagon

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    I have a ScanGauge 2 in my 97 taco. Shows some pretty useful info and also reads codes. I think it was around $150
     
  11. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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    Not sure if its what you're looking for.... I have a Scanguage II which will read and reset trouble codes. I've never used it for that since my CEL light has never come on.
     
  12. Jul 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM
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    coma09 Senior Member. Hey, what's That supposed to mean?

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    Used my scan gauge II on Hyundai, BMW, Pontiacs, Tacoma. Have cleared codes and diagnosed problems. Been a good investment.
    You can create a few custom gauges to monitor specific values.

    I leave it in the Tacoma velcro to the headliner above the mirror
     
  13. Jul 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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    I use a ScanGaugeII as well. Permanently mounted in my 4Runner. Any vehicle 96 and up will work with it with a few exceptions listed on their website. Allows you to view stats, clear codes, and even monitor your gas mileage. If you want something cheaper and not visible I'd say get a bluetooth obd2 dongle and a scanner app for your smart phone (provided you have a smart phone). No wires, easy to move around, and like stated above you can build multiple profiles.
     
  14. Jul 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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    I have a cheapo autel from Harbor Freight - cost me 25.00! works well but doesnt do real time sensor reading. Just use it to read/clear codes
     
  15. Jul 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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    Have a really good Palmer OBDII to Palmer hardware to USB to computer- great logging software and such, hardly ever use it.

    Bought two $15 OBDII blue tooth units and use a few free apps. Its ok for codes and some data, but the cheepo units seem to have a bad calibration, if thats even possible with OBDII protocal, because my TPS data seems really wrong, and on one app it won't even show fuel trims, but will with another. About to fork out the money for a legit ScanTool OBDII Link MX. Will never do a USB system again- blue tooth all the way.
     
  16. Jul 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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    I've used a OBDCOM scanner, it plugs right into my laptop. works pretty good. it lets you view and clear codes or see if your mods are having any effect.:)
     
  17. Jul 20, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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    I have a 97, also and I am looking into the Scan Gauge 2. Is yours AT and is the Scanguage able to read the trans temp?
     
  18. Jul 23, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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    So ontop of my $15 Amazon blue tooth special, I bit the bullet and got a OBDLink MX. Why pay so much more? The OBDLink MX does not drain the battery when left in and the truck is off, and better yet it does not make me constantly re-input the blue tooth access code in. Its plan and simple more seemless. But for odd-ball useage, code checking etc, the Amazon unit has worked just fine.

    What was really awesome was paying for the paid version of Torque. Holly goodness is it another universe in capability. Now I have short term and long term fuel trims working (torque lite didn't support this), it has a trick feature of guessing what boost pressure your in via the MAF and other sensor inputs, shows my 2001's OE wideband's air fuel output and what I'm super crazy stoked about, TRANS TEMP!!! Saved me having to buy a trans temp gauge!!!
     
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