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Old 02-13-2002, 02:21 AM   #1
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I know there's a coupla of OBD II scan tools out there that do not require a computer to run them. I need a scan tool, but I am not in a position to buy a lap top computer. So can anybody give me any feed back on some "stand alone" scan tools? Like quality, user friendly, price, etc...........Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2002, 02:24 AM   #2
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Buy a lap top...the Average OBD-2 Stand alone scan tool will cost you about 3-4g's....unless someone has come out with something cheaper....the Honda PGM tester is $6g's.

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Old 02-13-2002, 03:02 AM   #3
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Snap-on scanner cost about 3G CND and you have to pay for update every year!
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Old 02-13-2002, 03:24 AM   #4
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scan tool is way overated and will manny times send you down the wrong path if you do not know how to correctly interpet the numbers. However a dvom will give you the real numbers and is alot cheaper. Now before everyone jumps on me I am assuming that anyone that is buying a scan tool is not a proffesional mechanic because they do not have access to one already. Because I know a scan tool is necessary to diagnose many problems and for a pro or someone even somewhat fluent with one it will do mant tests that will diagnose problems.
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Old 02-13-2002, 07:42 AM   #5
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Check out www.autoxray.com
Around $300 depending on what options you get. This is what I carry with me, since it's a self-contained unit I can just leave it in the car so it's there anytime I need it. Reads codes with text descriptions, clears them, and gives real-time data. Very useful.
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Old 02-13-2002, 11:47 AM   #6
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www.pricewatch.com for a $200 laptop, and then look around for scan programs... anywhere from $75-$125 for economical programs with cables.
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I am assuming that anyone that is buying a scan tool is not a proffesional mechanic because they do not have access to one already. Because I know a scan tool is necessary to diagnose many problems and for a pro
I am a proffesional mechanic for Mercedes Benz. We do use scan tools on lap tops but they are Mercedes specific, and can not be used on my Ru, or any other make of car. I do alot of work on my car, and I'm starting to get into alot of side work at home so a scan tool for home would be very helpfull.

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www.pricewatch.com for a $200 laptop
I looked but did not see any lap tops for $200.

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Sorry, my bad... go to Pricewatch and click on 'Not Exactly New' in the top right corner. These are refurbished units. When you click on Notebooks in the middle frame, you'll see the proceessor speeds and price listings below. The Pent. 90's are $145 refurbished Dell machines. The p133, Dell machine for $195 looks pretty good too.
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LVS, that's what i like about the Honda PGM tester, it has the honda specific programming and also has the Generic OBD-II language. BMW does the same thing you guys do, can't read generic OBD-II at all. So don't feel to left out

and yes it's nice having a scanner at home

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BMW does the same thing you guys do, can't read generic OBD-II at all.
It's very fustrating!!! We have all these trick lap tops lying around the shop, but I can't use a single one on my Ru!!!!!!
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How about this one. You can get a low end PALM computer for under $100, then $29 for this software. Then you'll need a connector cable.. Looks like a decent little setup.

http://www.ghg.net/dharrison/obdscan.html
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Old 02-15-2002, 10:31 PM   #13
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That's what I think 'm gonna do. It looks like a simple and small scan tool set up! In the next couple of weeks or so I'm gonna be buying one..........I'll bring it to a meet so all the Vegas guys can check it out!
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