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car obd2 scanner recommendation

I am looking for advice on what car obd2 scanner to buy without breaking the bank. I have a very basic one that does next to nothing but want to get one that covers all vehicles systems inc abs.

Any suggestions would be very welcome.

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Re: car obd2 scanner recommendation

Can't tell you too much, this is the one I have.
https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.gendandirect.co.uk/images/stock/gcr25.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.gendandirect.co.uk/product_GCR25.html&h=200&w=200&tbnid=X0Dvzu8QXGMC_M:&docid=b0vnOnhSU7-inM&ei=62bTVpPxJMSQaIaxrvAM&tbm=isch&ved=0ahUKEwjTksLps5vLAhVECBoKHYaYC84QMwhfKDgwOA
Bought purely because I had a 2001 on car. It told me what the fault code was, I checked on line, generally for my model car it is a coil pack, bought a new coil pack, problem fixed, so very happy.
It cost me about £50, so with a faulty coil diagnosed and fitted myself, it paid for itself.
Their site now shows different models.
https://m.gendan.co.uk/index.php
Hope it helps.
 

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I have a maxiscan ms509, under £30 from the bay if I recall, it does the usual stuff along with recording/playback of live data, however I'm pretty sure it doesn't do abs.
 

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I went for the next model up as it gave live data.... Never used that though!
Received details of this:
Foxwell NT414 Enthusiast Diagnostic System - Engine, SRS, ABS and Auto Transmission on 50+ makes
This will cover all stuff, brakes etc, not just engine.
I'm glad I bought the reader, but I do all my own bike work, no car stuff. If I had an issue, I could end up blocking the drive and neither of us could get to work.... Well I could, I have my bikes :D
 

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Re: car obd2 scanner recommendation

Really appreciate the advice and great suggestions from all you guys I favour the cheaper Maxiscan alternative if it can cover all systems.

I will need to do some more investigation on these units and see if there are any deals on offer.
 

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Re: car obd2 scanner recommendation

After much investigation I finally decided to buy a VW OBD2 to USB cable to allow me to run full diagnosis on my VW Golf as opposed to a generic scanner unit. The VW provides more data and dynamic readings than the lower end scanners I was looking at but needs to be connected to a pc with a USB port to display the output to the screen. I will likely use an old laptop and advise all on my findings and or views of the setup. Cable was £45 inc postage from a online seller and hopefully has full capabilities as per VW garage units.
 

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Ok so setup an old laptop with the sw and ran a full scan of the car and it threw up error code for the front right o/s abs wiring or sensor. So ordered a new sensor from ebay yesterday which arrived today and I will work on the issue soon. Will have covered the cost with just this one use.

Went to fit the new front right abs sensor and found the abs wiring loom on that wheel damaged so spliced some new wire into it and soldered it as a temporary fix till I get a new or newer loom.

All working fine with abs & tcs dashboard warning lights now off.

Thanks for the advice and suggestions.
 
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