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Old 11-02-2006, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need a better OBD2 tool

I've not had much success using the $90 fault code reader that I bought from my favorite New England discount parts house. Although I did get a read-out for a weak oxygen sensor the first time I used it, since then it usually fails to work... giving only an "E" ,error, read-out. I've tried all the things that the manual that came with the tool suggests and still can't get it to work. A local independent shop has been able to get fault code read-outs when the check engine light has come on recently, so I know that a proper tool will work. However the tool they have been using is a sophisticated, expensive fault code reader typical of that used by a modern repair facility. I can't justify spending the several thousand dollars that they did.
I would, however, like to get code reader at a reasonable price so that I can see what's happening when the check engine light comes on. Does anyone in the community have any suggestions ? Napa sells an OBD2 tool for about $150. Anyone have any experience with this item?
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Old 11-03-2006, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bavarian Auto and Turner Motorsports sell fault-code readers as well for $150 online. My Bavarian has been working fine for the past 2 years.
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Old 11-04-2006, 11:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The tool that I've been using and can't get to work reliably is the Bavarian Autosport fault code reader/ reset tool.
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Old 11-06-2006, 08:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well that sucks. Contact Bav Auto and tell them you're having an issue. They'll likely replace the thing for free if it's still under the warranty period (I think 2 years). Another option is the Peake reader... sold thru Turner Motorsports and other vendors.
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Just wanted to weigh in on a code reader solution I got that seems to work great on my 2004 Tundra and also on my wife's 2006 BMW X3. It's a Bluetooth OBDII connector that you pair up to and Android powered smart phone. Here is a little write up/review I did for it and for the Torque Pro app, hope it helps some folks, reading these codes and being able to get information from your ECU is awesome! I was able to read some codes on the X3 (the seemingly common P0174 and P0171 Too Lean Bank 1 and 2 codes) and clear them which turned off the SES light.


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Old 05-30-2013, 01:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i know a web diyobd2.fr there are a lot of obd2 tools there and they are good and cheap
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Today a wide range of OBD scan tool are available in market. They are compatible with 1996 and newer vehicles with a wide variety of features. OBD prices ranging from $250 to $2500,if you are looking for a scan tool then do a little homework to find a tool that best fits their needs.Check Will it work on your vehicle?, Supported parameters for you car, Is it upgradeable? You can use BAFX, Autel this brand OBD2 tool. European Auto Tech
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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search in xcardiag.com which is a good web for obd2
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