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Old 11 Nov 2009, 08:24 pm
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Default Best OBD II or OBD II/III Reader

My wife wants me to buy a very good OBD reader. The kind that can use hookups for checking all sorts of devices, and -maybe- hook to a laptop computer. I am looking for suggestions. I am not saying that price is not an issue, but price is certainly a consideration.

In the last few years, LOML has come to realize that I have over 35 years saved us about $50K on car repairs, maybe more, by doing it myself. When I didn't do it myself, I knew enough not to fall for "always replace the replace the brake socks with the brake shoes" scam and the "your car needs a new computer" scam. Usually the tools pay for themselves with the first major repair.

(The one time she didn't take my advice on a car purchase caused us to take a $20K bath on a Saturn Vue that redefined the term lemon.)

So she's decided it might be helpful to have a good code reader to have on hand. Suggestions? And many thanks.
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Old 12 Nov 2009, 05:00 pm
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I have an old Auto Xray OBD2 scanner I bought about 6 years ago. It's certainly not top of the line, but it reads all the current/pending codes and tells you the readouts of all your pertinent sensors such as TPS, O2 voltage, RPMs, coolant temp etc etc.

It's been a great scanner and it was only $85 way back when I bought it.
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