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    Difference

    Hello guys, i'm interested to buy an OBD scan tool for my peugeot 307 (ISO)
    Up front there are 2 options

    1) http://www.scantool.net/scan-tools/s...bluetooth.html

    2) http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CAN-B...motiveQ5fTools

    What's the difference between these 2 tools? Because the first is much more expensive, does it have more reading abilities? (Dont tell me about the connectivity, it's not a matter for me. I mean bluetooth or USB it's not a deal)

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    The ebay one is one of the "cheap Chinese clone" units. You have a small chance of it working for your particular vehicle. It's going to be significantly slower, and less reliable in connecting and communications than the OBDLink. OBDlink also has more features for customizing ECU communications, not to mention most likely physically lower quality and less reliability in the cheap one. You get what you pay for, search these forums for "elm327 clone" or that sort of thing, and read all the complains and whines about them.
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    thank you mate. I found a used obdlink tool for 50$, so you do recommend me to go for it! thx

    Is it fully working with cf?

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    Yes I highly recommend you go for it. As for CF, I have no idea, I've never used CF. I assume it has OBD2 support
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    It shoul dwork fine with cf. I have used my OBDLINK wih cf when i was running cf

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    thank you very much guys! as soon as i buy it i'll let you know

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    Success with Clone Scantool

    I bought one of the generic scantools ("cheap clone" as I read in the post). It has worked perfectly and been very reliable. All of the ELM devices use the ELM327 (or earlier version) chip all come from the same source, so the quality is in the chip. Possibly there are some cheaply manufactured devices that are based on this chip, but it is the exception, most of them are good quality. Before I bought I checked the return policy.

    Many of the complaints about these clones are not due to the device itself, but with incompatibility with software that is used. I tried a dozen programs and only found a few that worked with the generic device. The software builders can put in the design a probe that will only allow certain hardware to be used with the program. The ELM327 chip accommodates such tagging, and can be programmed with a free form "Manufacture Code" (another good feature of the chip). Software integrators can use this feature to lock out devices without the code.

    For my purpose, I needed features found in different software packages, and I didn't want to spend $100+ each for each package. I wasted so much time trying to find the right software with no success, so I just wrote my own OBD2 program with excel, and VBA. It has been working perfectly with my "cheap clone" for some time now. It works seamlessly on SAE, ISO, CAN and other vehicle protocols (about 10 total). I see this is an old post, but I hope it helps anyways.

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