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Old 09-24-2007, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default The Best OBD II Scanner?

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Can anybody tell me what the best OBD scanner to get? I am not looking to spend a lot of cash but would like to hook it up to my PC to see how the cars is running (graphs etc...). This can be used to mock Dyno the car as well?

Just installed my Borla exhaust system and there might be a leak (I will check it) but a scanner would help just in case this is not the problem. The Engine Service Light is on. Dammit!!

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Old 09-26-2007, 12:18 AM   #2
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I just bought a Innova OBD II from Napa to replace my Snapon ---which was awesome but to expensive to upgrade (800.00 a card)----Seems alright and has a PC port, that I havent tried yet. 250.00
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:44 AM   #3
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I would think that the actron ones would be ok. They seem to make the scanners for OTC and Mac Tools.
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these obii readers can be expensive. that's why my favorite one is the free one from autozone...
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Thanks, I ended up getting the Auterra (http://www.auterraweb.com) from Ebay. It was not too expensive and I am sure that it will do the job for sure. Going to try it out tomorrow.

I guess the ODBI port is under steering wheel right? Is there are cover you have to remove?
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If you want a code reader get cheapest **** you can find on ebay because essentially all you need is the code to begin diagnosis. Who cares if cheap Korean junk brakes after a year if it cost you 20 bucks.

If you want to be able to monitor the data and perform Consult II type operations such as resetting procedures there is truly nothing else you can use besides Consult II or III (does not work on anything up to 07 anyway).

Snap-on scanners have very limited functions comparing to Consult II...snap on is simply inferior to it btw i am referring to latest one "Solus". There are few other expensive scan tools on the market but they have very limited functions.

What i'd recommend is getting one of those consult ii KnockOffs on ebay. If i remember correctly its jsut a cable to hook up to your laptop and CD software that SUPPOSEDLY has identical functions as true Consult ....but who knows i never had the chance to use it. Plus i got Consult II at work
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Yeah that is what I figured as well. I really dont want to mess around with the ECU anyways. They pay the engineers some good money to design them. Some guys like to play but not the best idea I think.

I basically just need to get the codes and the one I bought was pretty good. It does the job. Have you heard of one called the cipher at http://www.uprev.com/.

What do you think?
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I've been reading about the different OBD-II sensors and hands down Cipher is the best setup and most easy to look at in my opinion.
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