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  • ELMscan 5

    14 51.85%
  • Mangoose

    3 11.11%
  • OBDpros

    4 14.81%
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Thread: OBD II hardware - Which to choose

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    OBD II hardware - Which to choose

    Hi,
    I have been looking trough some of the threads regarding OBD II reader,
    but I haven't been able to figure out which to choose.

    what would the people here choose..?

    should work with USB.
    for Can (although a universal would be nice)

    should be able to do all the "fun" stuff

    I am thinking of something like Scantool etc.
    price around 250$ or less
    if suggested, I would throw a few $ ekstra on this, if it gives me some better features.

    what would you suggest..?

    thanks<br /><br />

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    I would go for the Elmscan 5 USB, which should cover you for most of the vehicles!

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    Yeah, for me it'd be as a first option an ELM327 tool for cheap and all protocols, followed by a Mongoose if you're after Performance, the option of flashing your ECU in the future (with some models), and for the future growth to J2534 software.

    PCMSCAN, which to me is one of the best OBD software apps around, has ELM327 and J2534 support.


    Lukeyson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcnovy View Post
    Hi,
    I have been looking trough some of the threads regarding OBD II reader,
    but I haven't been able to figure out which to choose.

    what would the people here choose..?

    should work with USB.
    for Can (although a universal would be nice)

    should be able to do all the "fun" stuff

    I am thinking of something like Scantool etc.
    price around 250$ or less
    if suggested, I would throw a few $ ekstra on this, if it gives me some better features.

    what would you suggest..?

    thanks<br /><br />
    Hi,

    Also worth looking at the MBD3200 - this can be paired up with PCMSCAN to provide another multi-protocol option.

    Gareth

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    well, the most important thing is quality and features, and not that it is a multi protocol. as long as it supports my car.
    I am driving a Citroen C3 (an European car )

    so which one to choose if I would go for features..?


    thanks for the answers already by now, much appreciated..!
    Sorry for the english

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    I have the obdpros interface and it's worked flawlessly for me so far. It's multi-protocol too!
    I installed my carpc into my pet Kangaroo, mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcnovy View Post
    well, the most important thing is quality and features, and not that it is a multi protocol. as long as it supports my car.
    I am driving a Citroen C3 (an European car )

    so which one to choose if I would go for features..?


    thanks for the answers already by now, much appreciated..!
    Is the C3 petrol or diesel, and what age is it?

    Gareth

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKOBD View Post
    Is the C3 petrol or diesel, and what age is it?

    Gareth
    it's a Diesel from 2003
    Sorry for the english

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    the OBDpros sounds interesting,
    but still trying to find the pros and cons with the mentioned OBD's

    Lukeyson: (or other) could you help me with a homepage of the Mangoose..?
    Sorry for the english

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    EU rules did not require diesel vehicles to be OBD2/EOBD compliant until 2004, your car may be OK if it a 2004 MY car.

    If it is compatible it will use the ISO protocol, you can confirm that it is by checking the pins:

    The connector must have pins 4, 5, 7, and 16. Pin 15 may or may not be present.

    If these are not present the car is not EOBD compliant, and the tools will not work I am afraid.

    Gareth
    UKOBD

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