Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:52 pm Post subject: Need a new code scanner-suggestions?
Not sure where to post this so I figured "general" would fit.
I need a new code scanner & need some reviews from you all!
I am a carguy, I work on cars all the time (mine or others). I lean way over to the "bang for the buck" side over the "fix it factory correct" style, just so ya know.
I have been using a Innova 3100F scanner http://www.innova.com/en-US/Pr.....b3a0334f7f for the last 5 years or so. It isnt cutting it anymore so I passed it on to a friend. Its great, gets the job done, but I really hate that it only shows freeze frame data & I would like something that shows real time data. Also, it does nothing with ABS problems.
What I am looking for is something that would show real time data, with the ability to adjust to different tire sizes/gear ratios & other perameters, updateable, and could work with most makes of vehicles. The ABS codes I can live with or without, but that would be nice. Price range- I dont want to spend tons since technology is always updating, but I would go up to $300ish if it is something that would be a useful tool for many years.
If you have any ideas/suggestions/reviews post them up!
Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:16 am Post subject: Re: Need a new code scanner-suggestions?
What I am looking for is something that would show real time data, with the ability to adjust to different tire sizes/gear ratios & other perameters, updateable, and could work with most makes of vehicles. The ABS codes I can live with or without, but that would be nice. Price range- I dont want to spend tons since technology is always updating, but I would go up to $300ish if it is something that would be a useful tool for many years.!
That doesn't exist at $300 unless you get a great deal on a used Solus.
only other option is to get a tuner that works with lots of different cars like the new ones from Diablo. HOWEVER, and its a big however, it is only good for 1 car at a time. Cant work on multiple vehicles unless you return the first car to stock and "unmarry" the device from the first vehicle.
I listened to grimsin & went with the Torque app & bluetooth OBD plug. Just got it today & went to play with it, COOL. Blown away by how cheap it is & really works!
I had an old MAF code on the Impala (left it there to test the Torque app) and it found it no problem. Also played around with the many many different gauges you can get & most of them work. I also plugged it into the Big Ugly Ram (1994) and found a tranny temp code I had not seen before. Right now I have the free app, the "pro" version is only $4.99 so thats a no brainer.
Total cost was a whopping $25 for the bluetooth OBD plug & the app is free. It works fine this way, but I'll spring for the pro version of the app. Total cost is $30-cant complain about that
I think this is the same as QuickNick mentioned. But this is what I picked up
It was on sale for $7 when I purchased it, one of Neweggs daily specials.
I picked up that and installed Torque Pro on my Android Tablet and Android Phone for $5.00 although there is a free Torque app you can try out. Works beautiful for informational purposes and reading any codes. Serves my purpose.
There is apps for the iPhone and PC you can use with the Bluetooth adapter as well. I personally haven't tried any.
get one of the Chinese Tech 2 's they are great b/c of the dollar they are less expensive as ever.
this where I got mine says free shipping, I had to pay $100 for DHL air ( which is the only way ..air)
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