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OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 24, 2021 09:02PM
All I have a code reader but I'm curious enough to invest a little in an actual scanner (reads live data). Maybe a Bluetooth one this time, for my iPhone.

I won't spend a lot, because overall a code is a code, and unless you have multiple codes that are causing other codes, the lone number pretty does point to the part needing replacement.

So I may have just talked myself out of a scanner.
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: May 24, 2021 09:09PM
The software is more of a problem than the scanner itself. There isn't anything good for the iPhone. Torque Pro is one of the best and works with many readers but it is Andriod only.



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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 24, 2021 09:09PM
What kind of cars are you likely to be using it with?



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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 24, 2021 09:22PM
Torque Pro on my phone with a cheap plug is pretty good. The iCarsoft brand is nice and can read and reset SRS codes which Torque cannot. That also reads O2 data.
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: JPK
Date: May 24, 2021 10:00PM
After Automatic vaporized I went with Blue Driver. It has paid for itself several times over with my 8 year old German SUV.

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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 24, 2021 10:13PM
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JPK
After Automatic vaporized I went with Blue Driver. It has paid for itself several times over with my 8 year old German SUV.

JPK

     agree smiley

There are also (much) cheaper BlueDriver clones, but the software can be iffy, so sticking w/ the real deal is a safer, but albeit a more costly solution.
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: May 24, 2021 10:23PM
This wifi device works well with the OBD-Fusion iOS app.
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: Beam Me Up Scotty
Date: May 25, 2021 06:10AM
I asked this question a month ago, here are the comments I received:

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I'll be following this thread.

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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 25, 2021 07:34AM
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S. Pupp
This wifi device works well with the OBD-Fusion iOS app.
Uses a clone of an older ELM chip & warns "Works on Some Vehicles from
Foreign Markets" and can't reset ABS/SRS codes. You get better function
from the free for postage NONDA scanner mentioned in the above linked
thread. Caveat is, the NONDA's app sucks, but there are other apps like
CarScanner that work fine with it.

I've been happy using the Carista. Currently $30 @ bezosville
It's one of the few inexpensive scanners that works w/ many models of
Audi, BMW, VW, etc.



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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 25, 2021 07:40AM
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C(-)ris
The software is more of a problem than the scanner itself. There isn't anything good for the iPhone. Torque Pro is one of the best and works with many readers but it is Andriod only.

So, maybe stick to the dedicated devices, then? Maybe something $100-ish?
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 25, 2021 07:41AM
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mattkime
What kind of cars are you likely to be using it with?

Hondas and Toyotas most likely. Just something to rule out or verify common of ignition or emissions stuff.
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 25, 2021 07:46AM
So Carista and CarScanner ... this seems like an example of something I’d be interested in: cheap hardware, and 3rd party software that competes for it. Compatibility such that you could potentially swap out either to upgrade?

Dazed, I’ll look through your thread too.
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 25, 2021 12:52PM
Wow, not only did I respond twice to that thread I forgot about and was a dope. Joke’s on me obviously.
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: Cary
Date: May 25, 2021 07:07PM
At my shop, we have 4 scanners with a variety of capabilities. We also have 2 laptops with a slew of marque specific software.

Launch, Autel and others make scanners that range from basic OBD to multiple!e functions for various marques (the Launch CRP 130?) ($150ish) does 4 things across many marques - OBD/engine, transmission, ABS and airbags. It can read and display multiple PIDs (data points). Having said that, its rarely used because its slow, and not as capable and has a smaller screen than our Snap On, Autel and Bosch scanners, which do all those things and much more.

At home, I have BMWs. I have laptop with BMW software which lets me diagnose, program and code, a cheap BMW scanner which reads and clears codes, and just got bimmergeeks software, which lets me do all the above on my Kindle Fire tablet.

it really comes down to what you'll use it for and on which cars. At this point, I'd probably just look at apps and a cable/BT dongle that can handle your cars.
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Re: OBDII scanner you like?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 25, 2021 09:00PM
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deckeda
Wow, not only did I respond twice to that thread I forgot about and was a dope. Joke’s on me obviously.

It’s just beginning, it’s all downhill going forward. I know, I’m already past the beginning.



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