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    Standalone OBD or PC based OBD

    Hi everyone. I in the market for a OBD II code diagnostic tool. I'm using it on my Toyota Tacoma right now but would like the flexibility of using it on different vehicles. What I would like some opinions on is, would I be better off with a standalone unit like the Autoxray 6000 or a pc based type reader?

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    I prefer PC, but that's because I write my own code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degull View Post
    Hi everyone. I in the market for a OBD II code diagnostic tool. I'm using it on my Toyota Tacoma right now but would like the flexibility of using it on different vehicles. What I would like some opinions on is, would I be better off with a standalone unit like the Autoxray 6000 or a pc based type reader?
    The tradeoff is convenience vs. amount of available information. A PC-based scan tool (like the ElmScan 5) has the advantage of a large screen, virtually unlimited data logging capacity, and an abundant choice of available software (ranging from open source, to the really sophisticated, expensive stuff).

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    Looks like the autoxray 6000 is pretty cool with enhanced OEM data for most of the manufcaturers plus if you plan on tetsing OBD I vehicles it seems that the 6000 even supports that a big advantage if you ever work on pre 96 cars.

    Even the pricing is not that bad here - http://www.levineautoparts.com/autez60obdii.html, if you are just looking to get basic data from the car and interpret OBD II codes and you mostly work on post 96 us vehicles I think the cheapest options is a PC based scantool the one I have was just $ 85 - http://www.obdpros.com/product_info.php?products_id=133 less than 1/3rd the price of the Autoxray! - Downside it does not support enhanced data unless you buy additional software

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    Quote Originally Posted by obdiinut View Post
    Looks like the autoxray 6000 is pretty cool with enhanced OEM data for most of the manufcaturers plus if you plan on tetsing OBD I vehicles it seems that the 6000 even supports that a big advantage if you ever work on pre 96 cars.

    Even the pricing is not that bad here - http://www.levineautoparts.com/autez60obdii.html, if you are just looking to get basic data from the car and interpret OBD II codes and you mostly work on post 96 us vehicles I think the cheapest options is a PC based scantool the one I have was just $ 85 - http://www.obdpros.com/product_info.php?products_id=133 less than 1/3rd the price of the Autoxray! - Downside it does not support enhanced data unless you buy additional software
    That's where OBDPros quickly becomes less competitive, as none of the budget-price software on this page will work with it:

    http://www.scantool.net/software/

    By the way, do you remember how much you paid for shipping?

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