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Old 10-15-2004, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default Cheap Scan Tool.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=46030

I am not sure if this has been posted or not. I was looking at my harbor freight and saw this. It looks like it just flashes numbers and then you have to look that number up in a book or off the internet.

I reall have not use for it since I have the TEC 3, otherwise I would try it out.

Anyone have any info on it?
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Old 10-15-2004, 07:25 AM   #2
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I recall this unit being discussed some time back. Aside from its very limited functionality, there may have been problems with it not being able to connect properly with some cars. You get what you pay for and I'd strongly suggest that anyone considering an OBDII scanner set their sights a bit higher.
Also for your '95 something like this wouldn't work anyway, in its stock form your car is OBDI.
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Old 10-15-2004, 08:07 AM   #3
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http://autoxray.com/products.aspx?sub=scanners&id=2

This one was recommended in a recent thread.....http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...92#post7803992

I WISH I'd bought a scanner that had real time display of such things as IDC, and fuel trim....'cuz thoze some of the key things that ya need to make sure your tune is good
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Old 10-15-2004, 08:58 AM   #4
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Sorry subiekid, but the scanner you posted won't work at all! Search for Creader and you will see a few were lured by it's cheap $40ish price tag to find out it will read ZERO codes on a Subaru.
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:31 AM   #5
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There you go. I knew I had read about problems with using this scanner on a Subaru.
Decent OBDII readers generally start around $100 and go up from there, depending on what features you want and whether you want a standalone (self-contained) unit or an interface that plugs into a laptop or PDA. The standalone ones tend to be more reliable and can be kept with you in the car all the time.
I second the AutoXray recommendation, I have used their units for years and they work very well. Their customer service is excellent too. I currently have an EZ-Scan 6000 which is their top-line model, although it's rather pricey for most folks. I actually didn't pay anwhere near retail for it as I got it through their trade-in program in exchange for an older unit. Their EZ-Read units start in the $100-200 range and are upgradeable if you decide to add more features later.
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Old 10-15-2004, 10:29 AM   #6
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Old 10-15-2004, 11:57 AM   #7
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I recall this unit being discussed some time back. Aside from its very limited functionality, there may have been problems with it not being able to connect properly with some cars. You get what you pay for and I'd strongly suggest that anyone considering an OBDII scanner set their sights a bit higher.
Also for your '95 something like this wouldn't work anyway, in its stock form your car is OBDI.
Odd...I've been using that exact unit for several years now (God bless Harbor Freight!) without much trouble.

The only vehicle it wouldn't work on was my 1995 Eagle Talon turbo, which was supposed to be the first year for OBDII standards. In fact, I found that *nobody* could read codes from that car except the dealer, so I assumed it wasn't 100% OBDII compliant.

But every other vehicle I've tried it on.....Two different Ford F-150's, my wife's 1999 Isuzu Trooper, a co-workers Volvo S40, another co-workers Ford Explorer, and a Toyota 4Runner, it worked just fine.

I have not tried it on my STi, but I haven't had any CEL's either.

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Old 10-15-2004, 12:12 PM   #8
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1996 was the model year mandated to have OBD-II. Many companies adopted it early because of model revisions occuring in '95.

The 1995 Legacy had OBD-II.

So, f4phantomii, you're saying you've never read a Subaru with it?
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Old 10-15-2004, 03:14 PM   #9
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I have one of the readers from harbor freight it dosn't work with subarus
for that matter it dont work with much at all
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