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    Best OBDII scan tool for the money and why?

    I'd like to know which scan tool you guys use why & price. Also is there a certain one that should be used w/ OBDII turbo'd MKIV's? I need to get one and I'd like input from mthe MKIV community.

    **On a side note, I just came back from AutoZone where in the past I'd rent a scan tool. Well, I was informed by the manager that due to a new law in CA, they no longer rent the tool to customers and furthermore no other auto parts store in CA. He said to his knowledge, the tool is no longer rented to cutomers because the dealers were upset that customers were resorting to a scan tool instead of the dealerships service thus they pushed this law into effect Can you guys believe that, thats f'n crazy!!**
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    that sucks, in tx they don't let us rent them but if your car is there they will test it.(free)

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    I guess no one uses the OBDII reader

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    i use the Actron OBDII Scan tool CP9175.

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    Well are you trying to datalog? Or just read codes? I had a cheap ebay scanner that was less than $60 and it worked perfect. It would read codes for both check engine lights and hidden codes (like VSS for example). It would data log 'ok'. But it wasnt the fastest thing in the world. The more expensive scanners will datalog faster, if you want to log timing and RPM and that stuff. The scanner also worked on other OBD-2 cars as well.

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Car-S...spagenameZWDVW

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    I found these two and read great reviews on each one. I'm thinking of getting the 9475
    Actron CP9475 and the CP9125
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    If you're just trying to pull codes dont spend a ton... I got an Actron on amazon.com for about $50 and its been great... and my friends are thankful I got it too, it gets loaned out a lot, haha.

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    Innovate makes an obdii logger.
    http://www.innovatemotorsports.com/products/ot1.php

    Their new LM-2 also has the obdii logger built in.
    http://www.innovatemotorsports.com/products/lm2.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwtt View Post
    Well are you trying to datalog? Or just read codes? I had a cheap ebay scanner that was less than $60 and it worked perfect. It would read codes for both check engine lights and hidden codes (like VSS for example). It would data log 'ok'. But it wasnt the fastest thing in the world. The more expensive scanners will datalog faster, if you want to log timing and RPM and that stuff. The scanner also worked on other OBD-2 cars as well.

    Hope that helps.
    So some scanner will not show all the codes. How do I find out if the scanner I plan on purchasing shows all the hiddem codes? I assume the lower budget scanners dont off this function? BTW whats VSS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hgonzalez View Post
    So some scanner will not show all the codes. How do I find out if the scanner I plan on purchasing shows all the hiddem codes? I assume the lower budget scanners dont off this function? BTW whats VSS?
    VSS= vehicle speed sensor. A lot of times on Supras, the ecu will never get the VSS from the odometer and it will throw a code, but not illuminate the check engine light. There are several codes like this. I am assumming that most of the OBDII readers will read all codes, because the scanner I had was very cheap.

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    I use the CP9125. It cost me $30 at autozone and its the cheapest, quickest and it does what I need.

    I think california outlawed these scanners because autozone was scamming people. People would rent the scanner, the o2 sensor would illiminate and they would buy a brand new sensor.

    This problem would be miss diagnosed. It only leads you to the right circuit, not the problem(except maybe later obd2 and CAN).

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    I can't believe others are not using this 27$ tool from ebay : ELM USB OBDII scanner

    If you have a pc laptop forget about the others mentioned here, buy this, use scantool (freeware!) and you get a nice gui with real time data pulls from all the sensors from timing to error codes, intake temp, and voltage checks. You can reset error codes with a click. I was up and running with this thing within 10 minutes.

    I've been using it on my 97' supra, love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vr4bats View Post
    I can't believe others are not using this 27$ tool from ebay : ELM USB OBDII scanner

    If you have a pc laptop forget about the others mentioned here, buy this, use scantool (freeware!) and you get a nice gui with real time data pulls from all the sensors from timing to error codes, intake temp, and voltage checks. You can reset error codes with a click. I was up and running with this thing within 10 minutes.

    I've been using it on my 97' supra, love it!
    WOW sounds like a good deal!

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