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Suggest me a good OBDII reader?

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Suggest me a good OBDII reader?

Hey guys,

The check engine light on my gf's Chevy Cruze just came on and I want to be able to read the codes by myself instead of running around to a garage to get them. Any suggestions for a good OBDII reader? I've seen the newer ones that work with your cellphone via bluetooth...do you guys use them? I'm open to suggestions but would prefer newer tech that works with your phone and it has to be able to read Mercedes check engine lights as well (in case mine pops up one day).

TIA!
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I use some $30 unit - Veepeak Bluetooth OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner for Android - from Amazon and torque app all via bluetooth.
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I am using $10 generic blue elm 327 from Amazon. With torque app, it is able to connect and read from '03 nissan to '18 mb. Didn't work with one '17 mb.
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koffey wrote: I use some $30 unit - Veepeak Bluetooth OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner for Android - from Amazon and torque app all via bluetooth.
Looks good but I'm using an iPhone :(
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I'm using an OBDLink MX.
It's of the more expensive adaptor, but you are able to access module programming.
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Ordered. So do these adapters come with the app? Or I have to choose one?
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Potrice wrote: Ordered. So do these adapters come with the app? Or I have to choose one?
U can choose any ODB2 App from Appstore.

But from the Veepeak product page, it says

Compatible iOS & Android Apps (may require separate purchase):
OBD Fusion - Check engine light diagnostics, live sensor reading plus enhanced diagnostics for Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles.
DashCommand - Live sensor reading, check engine light diagnostics plus extended PIDs for some makes.
CAR SCANNER ELM OBD2 - See what your car is doing in realtime, get OBD fault codes, car performance, sensor data and more! (most features for free)
Dash - Drive smarter, safer and greener plus check engine light diagnostics (free).
TripLog - Track your vehicle mileage.
Carista OBD2 - Diagnose, customize, and service your car (dealer-level technology for Audi, VW, Toyota, Lexus, BMW, etc).
OBD Auto Doctor - Check engine light diagnostics.
TrackAddict - Smartphone Race Timing and Video+Data Acquisition.
LeafSpy – For Nissan Leaf owners to monitor the battery and other vehicle information normally visible only to the dealer.
BimmerCode - Coding your BMW or Mini made simple.
Torque Pro (Android only) - Popular vehicle performance, sensors and diagnostics tool plus lots of plugins to get powerful functions.
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McLaren__F1 wrote: U can choose any ODB2 App from Appstore.

But from the Veepeak product page, it says

Compatible iOS & Android Apps (may require separate purchase):
OBD Fusion - Check engine light diagnostics, live sensor reading plus enhanced diagnostics for Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles.
DashCommand - Live sensor reading, check engine light diagnostics plus extended PIDs for some makes.
CAR SCANNER ELM OBD2 - See what your car is doing in realtime, get OBD fault codes, car performance, sensor data and more! (most features for free)
Dash - Drive smarter, safer and greener plus check engine light diagnostics (free).
TripLog - Track your vehicle mileage.
Carista OBD2 - Diagnose, customize, and service your car (dealer-level technology for Audi, VW, Toyota, Lexus, BMW, etc).
OBD Auto Doctor - Check engine light diagnostics.
TrackAddict - Smartphone Race Timing and Video+Data Acquisition.
LeafSpy – For Nissan Leaf owners to monitor the battery and other vehicle information normally visible only to the dealer.
BimmerCode - Coding your BMW or Mini made simple.
Torque Pro (Android only) - Popular vehicle performance, sensors and diagnostics tool plus lots of plugins to get powerful functions.
Thank you sir!
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Mine is Innova from Canadian tire... it's a handheld unit which I prefer over ones that need your phone to display details. They go on sale often for 50% off.
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Autel AutoLink AL319 $50, super quick and easy to use, gives you freeze frame data which can be quite useful. It doesn't record boost level or work on ABS tho.
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alanbrenton wrote: what is the module programming for?

Is it like Carista where I can change various car settings?
https://www.rav4world.com/forums/109-4- ... rista.html
With Ford, it allows access to IDS programming using software Forscan.
I was able to activate and disable several features, that would have otherwise been a min $150 "diagnostic" charge at the dealership.
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alanbrenton wrote: what is the module programming for?

Is it like Carista where I can change various car settings?
https://www.rav4world.com/forums/109-4- ... rista.html
Sorry to bump this thread but I'm also looking for a good OBD2 reader that is compatible with my 2019 RAV4 (and 2009 Honda Fit). The Carista reader & app requires a yearly subscription which is quite pricey. Are there any other apps on iOS that would work with the Carista reader? It's important to be able to change car settings on the 2019 RAV4.

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