Why would you suggest a $3k device when he just said $400 was too rich??!!carchitect said:The snapon one sucks. The one used by Toyota/Lexus techs is the one made by Vetronics and is called the Mastertech. It requires special adapters and CAN modules to communicate between the car's various computers and the Mastertech. This scan tool can communicate to other computers in the car as well. We use it to perform the C-BEST ( Customized Body Electrical SysTems) function on all our cars as well. The unit can also flash program ECUs that are flash ready (sorry not for the Dawg).
It does more thru the OBD-II port as well. The OBD-II port has two pins for communications as set thru EPA. The communications protocal thru this wire channel has more than one language. I know it has the Generic OEM and the Toyota manufacturer propeitary protocal and perhaps even more. This scan tool communicates via both languages to enhance diagnosing abilities.
This puppy is NOT cheap. Figure spending around $3K for one of these new.
Well, OK, this suggestion would work but there doesn't seem to be support for imports and, at a cost of $350 for the OBD I-compat. unit, why not just go with the Techtom (used @ approx. $300) and get that "looks like it belongs there" look to-boot!michaelvanle said:I used an Actron OBDII scanner on my 97. I remember when I bought mine, I came across one that is for the OBDI. I think they also make one that is OBDI/OBDII compatible, but you have to pay a little more.