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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 12, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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What Diagnostic Code Scanner do you recommend ?

I Am looking to purchase a scanner in the $100 to $150 range. I have been looking at the Equus 3120 Innova Diagnostic Code Scanner or Equus 3130 Innova Diagnostic Code Scanner ..... 3120 can also read some OBD1 cars......3130 can do live data stream, no OBD1 capability... .... What can you recommend in this price range either from Equus or others ... ???? Thanks.
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Re: What Diagnostic Code Scanner do you recommend ?

Pat,

I have the Actron CP9580L scanner. Its over $200.00 but a good scanner.

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Re: What Diagnostic Code Scanner do you recommend ?

I have the lower price/featured Actron 9575. Got it on sale for $85 at local NAPA a couple years back. It does everything I need and over past 2 years has easily paid for itself 2-3 times over.

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Both the units you posted and the others recommended are good units.
I would need to know more about what you need in a unit and how you intend to use it before I would or could recommend a given type model.

I would also question why OBD1 would be important unless you have a bunch of old 90s Fords or foreign cars ..
You can do most of what you need to check in OBD1 with a simple $10 'flasher' or by jumping the check Terminals

There are also lots of good laptop type systems that allow more flexibility in diagnostics in some cases.

I use a portable AutoScan unit for simple checks/resets and software for other things that require more insight into an issue.

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I just got an Innova 3140 I wanted something that does OBD1 and OBD2 can reas live data and record it - heres a link- http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...21s%21scanners BUT shop around I bought mine from Jegs and they price matched Amazon at 199$ - some good deals at Amazon its taking me a while to get used to it because I have never really used a scanner before

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If you don't mind having to use a laptop (or netbook or phone), I bought this and the upgrade ScanXL software and love it. Does live logging of all kinds of parameters. The firmware is upgradeable also.
http://www.scantool.net/scan-tools/p...bdlink-sx.html
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I'm running a $1.99 app called torque on my android with a $26 ELM327 blue tooth dongle that does it all, including data logging you can even see the micro voltages across the sensors to confirm weather the code is right or a symptom of something else. Pretty hard to beat the price if you already have a smart phone.

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I'm running a $1.99 app called torque on my android with a $26 ELM327 blue tooth dongle that does it all, including data logging you can even see the micro voltages across the sensors to confirm weather the code is right or a symptom of something else. Pretty hard to beat the price if you already have a smart phone.

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Different app for the iPhone but the dongle should. I have a buddy with a 4s that my dongle worked with. I can not remember the apps name though but if you go to the I store and search obd2 you will probably get several choices. I'm using torque but there are other apps to do the same thing on the android play store. The lay out and being able to display the guages either analog style or digital and seeing everything from intake temps to rpm and in between kind of sold me on this particular app.

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The ELM, or any other 'Bluetooth' device, will not work with "iThing" due to their locked iOS system design - unless you Jailbreak your Apple device ...

You can however use any of the WIFI OBD2 devices
There are several aps available for iStuff in the store, I've only tried the Engine Link ap so far and it did what I needed.
I intend to set it up to run trip data on my next CA to TEXAS bonzi run next month and see how it tracks operation.

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Vintage I'm not that good with the apple stuff and I was not aware that it needed to be jail broke to work but I do know that Sean's had been jail broke we had talked about that at one point a while back. He has since bought the galaxy 3s and is running a mini blue tooth dongle that cost him $17 shipped. I was taking to him last night and he was telling me there are WiFi ones available that work with the iPhone devices that one of his friends runs at the moment they do basically the same thing. He mentioned the brand name but I can not recall it at the moment a Google search should turn it up in fairly short order or if interested I can ask him tonight.

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