greenfieldhippi New Reader
7/17/19 10:57 p.m.

Anyone have a suggestion for a solid OBD2 reader that works well with many different manufacturers?

Hungary Bill
Hungary Bill PowerDork
7/18/19 12:37 a.m.

I've used one of those $5 Bluetooth adapters and the "Torque" app (free) with success on my BMW, Merc, and Toyota.


_ HalfDork
7/18/19 1:40 a.m.

And if you have an apple product, I use the OBD fusion app. You can even customize the gauges for a digital dashboard! 

greenfieldhippi New Reader
7/18/19 9:32 p.m.

In reply to Hungary Bill :

Yeah I've seen those before but was thinking of getting one with a screen and stuff. Do the elm type read emission readiness?

VegasNick Reader
7/18/19 9:37 p.m.

I bought a Foxwell NT301. For the price, it is pretty damn cool. 


Pros: You can see live data, live graph data, and record an actual drive. It has a pretty solid data base of codes and cars, and is easily updateable on their website. 

Cons: You can only view one graph at a time. (so you could not see LTFT and STFT as a graph) BUT.. you can see as many live data channels as you wish. You can't plug it into a bigger screen. You can print the data from a run, but it takes a bit to really grasp what you are looking at as it prints one data frame after another. 

cbaclawski New Reader
7/18/19 10:34 p.m.

I just got the actron cp9695 last week.  It's a little pricey, but I've been pretty amazed at what it can do so far.  It's already paid for itself diagnosing an ABS issue I was having.  Would buy again.

I also considered the cp9690 for its obd1 capabilities, but ended up going with the 9695 for the enhanced obd2 stuff.  I figured I'd use that feature more than obd1 since most of my cars are newer than 96 anyway... (i do wish they had one model with both, but...)



greenfieldhippi New Reader
7/18/19 11:54 p.m.

In reply to VegasNick :

I was actually heavily considering a foxwell probably what I'll end up getting. Thanks for the info!

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