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Thread: Tech-2 Scanner Price Disparity

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    XLRated is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Question Tech-2 Scanner Price Disparity

    Good Folks, Periodically I check the prices on ebay for Tech-2 scanners. I look for the full sets either new or very lightly used and they range $1600 to $2400. Just checked Amazon and there were several for under $400. I looked at the pictures and specs as carefully as I knew how and could not find any appreciable differences. The ones on Amazon looked like they would do the trick for my XLR. Am I missing something here, "to good to be true" and all that?

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    Re: Tech-2 Scanner Price Disparity

    Prices for Tech 2s are all over the place now that they've been replaced by a PC-based system at dealerships. For the XLR, they're more than adequate if the software on the 32M card isn't too old. Chinese clones abound, but I haven't heard any complaints for those who've bought them. You'll need a set of shop manuals to make sense of the diagnostic results. Make sure you get a CANdi module or it won't communicate properly. If you're not in the business of repairing cars and yours is intended to keep your car in tip-top shape, a lower-priced unit should be more than sufficient.

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    Re: Tech-2 Scanner Price Disparity

    CCC, Thank you, that is just what I wanted to know. I do have the "YX" manual pair (all 12 lbs. of them) and I only want the scanner for my car so it's good to know I do not have drop $2K.

    Thanks again.

    XLRated

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    Re: Tech-2 Scanner Price Disparity

    Some of the Chinese ($400) clones are good, some are not. Heard various good/bad stories (I work part-time parts counter at a local WesternAuto) about them from different guys in the local car club. I guess it's a crap shoot ............

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    Re: Tech-2 Scanner Price Disparity

    I bought one from china and it works just fine. I doubt you could tell the difference. All of the stickers have made in usa printed on them. Does that tell you anything?


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