Choosing OBD2 USB scanner
I'm trying to choose a USB based OBD2 scanner. The big names seem to be OBDpros and the ElmScan 5. To my undiscerning eye, they seem to be identical, except for a 40 dollar price difference. Are they the same box? If not, how do they differ?
Finally, I'm having a hard time understanding what exactly to expect from the scanner. Having never touched an OBD2 scanner before, understanding what people mean by "enhanced information" vs "standard codes" is a bit difficult. What I need this for is to understand what the check engine light is trying to tell me. I have a variety of cars in the family that I would like to be able to use this on: a 1996 dodge ram, 1996 dodge intrepid, 2005 dodge grand caravan, 2005 Hyundai Tuscon, 2004 Mercury Mountaineer, and 2008 Pontiac G6... From what I've gathered, they should all use OBD2. What I haven't been able to gather is what software to use to give me good information about what the scanner spits out.
The hope is that the scanner would be able to connect to a front end in the future - but that is a distant future.
Any help would be appreciated.