Is the ElmScan 5 Compact a Clone
This seems an appropriate thread considering the ElmScan5 Compact claims it is a v1.3 and now there is a new v1.4.
Last year I used a friend’s ElmScan5 USB which worked very well, so I thought I’d buy one. I was googling around and found an article on GLM Software’s web site that stated that the new ElmScan 5 Compact is a clone because it doesn’t contain a genuine ELM327 chip from Elm Electronics.
So I thought I’d ask on the Scantool.net forum. There was a post there yesterday that stated “If you bought the scan tool from us, you did not get a clone scan tool.” In my post I queried that statement and referred to the article at glm and asked whether their scan tool contained a genuine ELM327 chip. I was intending to follow up with a question re the v1.4.
Today I logged in to read the reply and got “Sorry socket puppet you are not allowed on our forum”.
Wow what a way to treat a potential customer.
Then again, I guess I got my answer. I think it is pretty safe to conclude that Scantool.net’s ElmScan 5 Compact is definitely a clone. Looks like I need to keep shopping– any recommendations other than anything from Scantool.net?
Now I’m off to look up what the hell is a socket pup…