OBD or OBD2 Bluetooth Scanner Recommendations.

Arthur Daley

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Hello guys, I would like to buy one of these wireless ODB or ODB2? scanner things which connect to your smart phone and can keep you informed of any error codes and the general health of your motor. Do you have any recommendations I can pick up from eBay? They all seem to have the code ELM327 in the title, I assume this is their chipset or something? Is it worth spending more and getting a tool that can reset codes as well as just read them, such as MaxiScan?

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Cheers :)
 

turner brown

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buy a dealer level tool such as vcds for vag range and ids for fords or autocom is a good all rounder
 

Grimeire

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Honda, but I assume most are general purpose?
I asked cuz i have an Opel(Vauxhall) and when i asked the same question i was told to get an OP-COM with is specifically for Opel vehicles.

I can't complain about it. it was only €15 and i used it to program a few keys and get the error codes.

i suggest if there is a diagnostic tool specifically for Honda you get that.
 

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I bought a generic eBay one (cheap) & it's worked on every motor I've tried it on since (Honda, BMW, Mercedes & a golf for defo). Sometimes have to tweak some of the settings in the app (Torque app -> Settings -> OBD2 Adapter Settings) to get the ECU & ELM327 'talking' but no big deal. If they're only a couple of quid buy a cheap one first to try it?
Sure we had a similar thread on here previously o_O I'll have a look.
HH.

edit: thread i mentioned
Help regarding which OBD2 code reader to buy compatible with Torque software app
there's more info on other similar threads, just put ELM327 in the DW Search function
 

shaun127

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I have an elm 327 adapter that I bought of the bay for a tenner but I bought the wifi version as it connects better than bluetooth imo. bit Im looking to by a VAG 5054A diagnostic dongle from china to use for codes

Ive been told to buy from xcar360 website as they are reliable and the dongles are full chip versions
 

turner brown

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for vag use vcds and make sure you get a good clone if going down that route
make sure it supports all long coding
 

shaun127

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I was going to use Odis engineering or odis servicing @turner brown VCDS is by ross tech? would a 5054A dongle work with that or I suspect I would need to buy a specific clone cable for VCDS?
 

ankilo

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I think both are great. If you go for China purchuase both are cheap solution
 
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