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    Good OBD-2 Code reader

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    I want to pick up an OBD-II reader/scanner just to have for diagnostic purposed. Already got an OBD-I setup for my Mustang.

    What do you guys recommend or use? Prefer under $100
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    If you're looking to strictly read codes, Advance has a pretty good brand. For some reason, I can't think of the name, but it's the only one they sell. It's bright orange.
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    Yes, advanced had that orange one.

    i bought one on Ebay a couple years ago and it works great. believe it was under $30 and it came with the book that lists all the codes and what-not.
    A reader is a reader, as far as i'm concerned.

    Just do an Ebay search for "obd 2" or "obd II"
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    Is there maybe a little bit more advanced one that displays what the code is on the screen? I think i remember using one like this a while back.

    It's not for a Mustang...i want one for every car, so not looking for a tuner.

    A cheap reader that spits out a number is nice...but i'll pay more for a few more bells and whistles. I just want it to be convienent.
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    Whats the diff if it displays what the code is, or if you look it up in the little book? C'mon, yer not THAT lazy are ya, Mike? I KNOW your not, I've seen all the work you did to your mythical fox. LOL

    Seriously though, this one looks perfect for ya.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/OBD-I...motiveQ5fTools


    I bought this one like 5 years ago LOL
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    I think i'm going with this bad boy

    http://www.autobarn.net/actron-obd-s...te=google_base


    PJ..one thing about me and electronics. If i buy a peice of electronic equipment...the more complex it is and the more feature it has...the more I love it! If it's simple...i don't like it. I pass over BBQ grills because they don't have enough knobs and controls. I need complexity.

    Gonna sleep on it, and look around. I like all the little features that one can do....which is important to me because I do ALL my own vehicle maintainence.
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    I use Car Codes Tri-Can i/f. It is PC based, covers everything imaginable, data logs, graphs has MFG specific test and codes, transmission , entertainment, and I believe abs, virtual dash board w/6 configurable guages , covers all modes. Only thing it won't do is re-program- I have diagnosed broken spark plugs - transmission shift errors, intermittent lean conditions , flaky tps sensor with it. A lot of them won't do mfg specific stuff......


    More than a hundred bucks, it's like $240 but worth it...s/w is updated free every couple months. I have used his stuff since 1996.

    check it out www.obd-2.com

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    I've kinda looked at this one too. Does OBD-2 as well as EEC-IV so i can use it on my Mustang and newer vehicles I have


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    Mike, Advance sells that orange one you posted as well. Go down with the part number and check their prices too. As for that Innova code reader, a lot of guys at work have them. I've used them quite a bit. I'm personally not a huge fan. It works, but that orange one has a lot more in the way of features. It has some live data, as well as code readout, etc. The Innova one is nice though because it displays all your checked readiness monitors at a quick glance. That way you know if the car is properly repaired, or you need to go for inspection or something. You can also access readiness monitors on the orange one, it's just through a menu instead of on the main screen. I've used both of those readers quite a bit, so if you need to know something, feel free to text me.
    -Scott

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