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    What about OBD1? does anyone recomend any sites for information and products for older cars? (90' Acura Legend)
    sv24, 733mhz celeron, 80gig hd, 5.6" MA Audio tft, x10 remote, RF Keyboard.

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    Well I found this for 122.00 for ford, gm, or generic. It comes with software as well. Although I don't know how good / user friendly it is.

    http://www.obd-2.com/

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    I'm looking for a cool project for a class.
    How much of a student discount do you think they offer?
    Clarion 200watt head unit w/ Aux in.
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    In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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    Originally posted by lstrunk
    How much of a student discount do you think they offer?
    I think it's somewhere around $80. Very good considering I paid around $170

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    I have Alex Peper's ODB-2 (www.odb-2.com). I've used it on my 2k maxima and 2k pathfinder.

    When I first got it, it worked great.. We did a group deal and I ended up paying about $70-something. He does great discounts on group deals.

    The last version of the software seems to have some timing problem with my max. Actually, there is nothing wrong with his program or interface, but I think he changed the default parameters for some other make's compatibility.

    As it is, it disconnects every 20-40 seconds. Same with 2k2 maximas. However, some other member on maxima.org played with the parameters and got it working great again. I do not know those parameters off the top of my head, but they are on maxima.org forums.

    I still recommend the package because it works, its cheap and Alex does support it. Just know that might have to play around with the parameters. Actually, I have faith that he will get the program plug and play again for Nissans.
    G35C, still analog at the moment...

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    Try this one:

    http://www.abcwc.net/accounts/quanta/index.html

    The software is free and there are even schematics to build your own reader or buy one.

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    lets get a group buy together, how many people did you have in on your group buy to get such a good price?

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    as I recall, I was 1 of 20 or so.


    you guys should keep in mind that when the interface is connected to the port (this goes for most cars), it will be in your way to drive. This goes for almost all ODB readers I have seen. On my car, its right near the steering column. You could fashion a L-adaptor, or move the port.

    as for the cable between the interface and serial, its regular old cat5 (cat3 would probably work as well). You can use a thin cable like you find on mobile PC cards (3com used to have a great cat5 cable with their cards, it was super thin).

    but as it is, inferace -> serial can be like 10m right out of the box as I recall. certainly can run to the trunk or anywhere else.
    G35C, still analog at the moment...

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    Originally posted by Tpware
    you guys should keep in mind that when the interface is connected to the port (this goes for most cars), it will be in your way to drive. This goes for almost all ODB readers I have seen. On my car, its right near the steering column. You could fashion a L-adaptor, or move the port.
    Good note. I will hvae to check out where my port is on my car. It shouldn't be too dificult to adapt the port to a cable to run that wouldnt be too obtrusive I would think. but could (often am) wrong

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    I have it connected all the time in my car. If you hook up the cable and let it hang it will be in your way but I tucked it under the dash a little bit and itís not a problem. The only problem is that, at least in my car, the OBD port it powered all the time. That means protocol converter is powered all the time as long as the cable is connected. And I suppose over time the battery would eventually run down. I'm going to build a little relay box to cut the power to the protocol converter when the car is off.

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