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    ElmScan Compact 5 with Mazda6

    Hi,

    I'm interested in buying one of these, but I wanted to see if anyone knows if it works with a Mazda6. I have a 2007 6, and I bought one of the eBay ones, but it doesn't work. The eBay one works with a couple of other cars I've tried (one Toyota and one Honda), so I'm assuming it doesn't do whatever protocol that the 6 uses, even though the auction listed it as compatible with all protocols. Anyway, I just want to be as sure as possible before I spend money again on something that may not work. Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    According to OBD Clearinghouse, your Mazda is using 11-bit CAN for communication. How old are the other two vehicles? If they're older than 2008, there is a good chance they both use ISO 9141, in which case the problem is likely the clone CAN transceiver.

    ElmScan 5 Compact will work, but OBDLink may be a better choice.

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    Yes, they're both much older than 2008. The Corolla is a 2001 model, and the Odyssey is a 2002 model.

    What would make the OBDLink a better choice if the ElmScan will work just fine?

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    OBDLink is firmware upgradeable, while ElmScan 5 Compact is not. In general, OBDLink is also faster. There are some modules that OBDLink can access thanks to its enhanced command set, that other ELM327 based interfaces can't. Finally, if you use it with a CarPC, you can configure OBDLink to go to sleep when not in use, which means you can leave it permanently connected to the vehicle.
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