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Buying a code reader/scanner
Posted 20 January 2004 - 12:02 PM
The question is, has anyone had any good or bad experiences with various types of code readers or scanners? So far, I am looking at the Autoxray EZ-SCAN 5000 for $429 as a scanner that can read both the old-style systems (the EEC-IV on the Ford and the newer OBD-II on the Subaru). The software upgrades for this unit are free and it's guaranteed for 3 years, and it seems to be good for the money (relatively speaking-ouch!). It appears that most of the instruments that only read codes are at least $200, but the scanners provide more real-time engine diagnostics and are continuously upgradable.
Any experience or comments?
Posted 20 January 2004 - 12:12 PM
Best $69 tool I bought in a while.
Now it's $88 for US delivery.
Posted 20 January 2004 - 01:01 PM
I have also read good things about the Harrison scan tool, about USD160:
Posted 20 January 2004 - 01:36 PM
It sounds like you want something that does more. I haven't really put it thru its paces to be honest.
Posted 20 January 2004 - 05:31 PM
The OB Diagnostics unit, Auterra unit, Harrison unit, and Scantool unit all only read OBD-II systems (generally 1996-on) and not older pre-1996 systems, and all appear to require use in conjunction with a PC or Palm Pilot. The Innova 3100 unit is a code reader only, and only reads OBD-II systems though it is a freestanding unit (useable without a PC or Palm). I need to be able to read both new OBD-II for the 96 Subaru and older OBD-I (such as EEC-IV) for the 92 Ford, and do not have a Palm Pilot or a PC (at least one that lazy me wants to carry into the garage).
Any experience with other units?
Posted 20 January 2004 - 09:24 PM
Posted 28 January 2004 - 10:42 PM
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