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Unread 06-12-2015, 08:47 PM   #1
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I don't want to break the bank, but I'm looking for a scanner tool mainly to do diagnostics, have some real time stats, and erase codes from time to time. Does anyone have a relatively cheap, sub $100, scanner that they would recommend?
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Got an Android phone? Get a bluetooth OBD2 adapter from ebay or amazon and buy the Torque app. Turn your phone into a $500 scan tool.

Probably a similar app for iOS too, just don't know what it is.
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Any scanner I would recommend would have to do graphing. If it doesn't graph, it's not worth anything. A graph catches glitches that only happen for a second, gives you a view of the readings over several seconds.

My first scanner was an Autel. They have many great scanners. I still have, and still use my Autel. At the time it was about $150, that was several years ago. Now that scanner is about $70

Autel.us | Car & Vehicle Diagnostic equipment | Engine ODB Software | MaxiDas DS780

Best prices for these scanners are usually found on Amazon. Some of the scanners will also read ABS & Air Bags. Check out the site first to read the features, then search Amazon for prices.

On Amazon you can read reviews.
This scanner should be under $100 US
http://www.amazon.ca/Autel-AL519-Color-Screen-OBDII/dp/B007XE5LTG http://www.amazon.ca/Autel-AL519-Color-Screen-OBDII/dp/B007XE5LTG

This one is a little bit more but does ABS.
http://www.amazon.com/Autel-AL609-AutoLink-OBDII-Scan/dp/B00EN7K38U http://www.amazon.com/Autel-AL609-AutoLink-OBDII-Scan/dp/B00EN7K38U

All Autel scanners are very good quality, very easy to use but provide still provide accurate readings.

Another option is if you have an Android phone, Torque Pro. It actually provides more info, no ABS, graphs in real-time resets the CEL and many other things. It is easy to use on the road as you can mount your phone on the windshield or dash, easy to read while driving. I use it all the time on road tests. You also have the option to capture video using your phone camera and overlay any gauges you wish. So you capture a test drive with O2 readings or Fuel Trims or whatever!

A sample screen capture off my phone.



The only drawback to using a phone app is the lack of buttons to access the menu quickly. But on the other hand, it is very easy to customize. You can set up screens to monitor anything you wish. Costs about 5 bucks. You will need whats called an ELM327 which is an adapter you plug into the OBD port to connect to your phone using WiFi. I bought the cheapest one on eBay, about $25, lasted 3 years. Some are more expensive, up to about $70


Here is a brief video capture using another app, just showing one Torque Pro screen.
outlander_zpsu2f8kpqm.mp4 Video by AWD_V8 | Photobucket

So for less than 40 bucks you can have a state of the art scanner. The Torque app is the best OBD app and is continually being updated with all kinds of new features. I highly recommend it.
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Thanks guys, will definitely look into those options
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