: Which OBDI/II Scanner?



ZeroOctane
08-16-10, 10:18 PM
I'd like to get an OBDII scanner for our
Lexus's. Not really sure which one's to look at,
but here's what I'm looking for;

- Reads OBDII and be backwards compatible
with OBDI. I'm not sure if that's possible but
it'd be nice for my 1993 Seville but isn't absolutely
necessary since the Caddy has a dash readout
for codes.
- Be able to read newer Lexus's - Not limited to just engine codes etc.
- Be a standalone device. It would be nice if it
was bluetooth or USB so I could use it with my
windows mobile phone or laptop, but I don't
want to rely on devices other than the
scanner. Whats the benefit of using a laptop or phone anyway, read more info on the
screen?

Thanks alot

Stingroo
08-16-10, 10:43 PM
I know they DO make OBD I and II combo scanners, but I bet they're costly.

Aron9000
08-17-10, 02:09 AM
I know they DO make OBD I and II combo scanners, but I bet they're costly.

They make OBD I scanners, and they only cost about $0.02

I kid you not, the FSM on my 1991 tells you to use a paper clip to jump a couple of the wires in the OBD sensor if you don't have a scanner, then count the flashes of the Service Engine Light for the code #

MacMuse
08-17-10, 11:02 AM
I'd like to get an OBDII scanner for our
Lexus's. Not really sure which one's to look at,
but here's what I'm looking for;
...
- Be a standalone device. It would be nice if it
was bluetooth or USB so I could use it with my
windows mobile phone or laptop, but I don't
want to rely on devices other than the
scanner. Whats the benefit of using a laptop or phone anyway, read more info on the
screen?

Thanks alot

I'm not a mechanic, and I don't play one on the Internet... I use a 'Kiwi wifi' from http://PLXDevices.com/ and I see they now offer a bluetooth version of the device as well. This doesn't meet your standalone requirement, as it has no display of it's own. I use the iPhone app REV to talk to the Kiwi. In addition to codes I can see all the common gauges including those not shown on the dashboard (intake temp, MAF rate, etc.). Looks very nice on my iPad.