Before I get , I tried to find a thread for over 2 days about some diagnostics product advice, but could not find the thread I was looking for, so here goes.
I have decided that its always worth having a code reader device to hand, (should also be able to plug it into any car I want to buy in the near future and run a quick scan ). I know that in some cases its more viable to get the laptop set up (cd-rom, serial cables etc).
What do I want from it
- extract & read fault codes (ideally with a description rather than just a code number)
- offer the facility to clear fault codes
what would be desireable
- the facility to read live running data stream values
I have had a quick search on google, not found any moderately priced hand held units around the £100>£200 mark, that look like they will do the trick.
However I have seen this (Elmscan 5 bluetooh wireless kit @ £149);
http://www.espautomotive.co.uk/trolleyed/10/Whilst I am a bit slower getting to grips with bluetoothing everything, I would be happy to use a laptop, with the CD rom and cables to interact with the ECU.Brand NEW!
Wireless connection to your cars ECU - no cables to get tangled up in!
We're very pleased to be able to offer our brand new wireless diagnostics tool, which uses the well known Bluetooth system to connect wirelessly to your cars OBD2 port.
The system comes complete with everything you need including multiprotocol interface, OBD2 Cable, Bluetooth interfaces for both PC and Car and software on CD rom.
More about the interface...
Our OBD-II package includes everything you need to connect your PC to your car, interrogate it's ECU and read live engine data and read & reset engine fault codes.
Works on all OBD2 compliant cars - all petrol cars from Model year 2000 (however many cars supported OBD2 earlier than this) and diesel from model year 2003 onwards (again many diesels supported OBD2 earlier than this.
Does this seem like a decent piece of kit that I should go ahead and purchase? If not, can anyone point me in the right direction to obtain a product of this sort ideally no more than £200?