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    Universal OBDII usb cable?

    Hi, i`m planning to buy my first car and still didn't figure out which model. Probably a 2007 Chevrolet Corsa or 2005 Fiat Siena. I would like to buy a universal OBDII cable that would work with any car I buy (is a standard, doesn't it?).

    The thing is, I can only find OBDII cables that state they're specific for a make (and also only a model sometimes). Are the cables still make/model specific?, any tested/known product?

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    If the cars complies with OBD2 or EOBD rules, you could use a generic cable.
    But only for the engine (and automatic gearbox). If you also want access to Abs, Airbag, etc. you need a make specific cable.

    In which part of the world do you live? (Usa, Europe, Japan or anywhere else.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by p2psmurf View Post
    If the cars complies with OBD2 or EOBD rules, you could use a generic cable.
    But only for the engine (and automatic gearbox). If you also want access to Abs, Airbag, etc. you need a make specific cable.

    In which part of the world do you live? (Usa, Europe, Japan or anywhere else.)
    "Anywhere else"? :s
    I'm from Paraguay, we have a mix of cars in the market, japanese (toyota), german (mercedes), french (renault), argentinian and brazilian (fiat, chevrolet, vw).

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    I use the phrase anywhere else, because the regions I named have exhaust regulations. OBD2 for the USA, EOBD for Europe and JOBD for Japan.
    I think now or in the near future Brazil and Australia will also have some sort of rule, but any other country (as far as I know) does not have a set of these rules.
    First check if these cars support any standard like OBD2 or EOBD.

    Fiat usually does not support anything outside of Europe. In that case you would need a make specific cable and software.

    Do you only want to read codes and data from the engine?
    Or do you want to do other things, like reading codes form the Airbag or Abs, reset service intervals, etc, etc. If the answer is yes then you need a make specific cable and software.

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    Well, at last I'm getting a second hand Chevrolet Corsa Classic 2008, i'm still researching...

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