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Has anyone purchased a OBD II reader for their boxcar? I've been contemplating buying a program for my laptop to read the fault codes. All units I've looked at state "import car" but yet to see one that says Porsche. Do these programs allow you to make changes to current settings or resets?

Thanks in advance


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I have two, unfortunately, neither is laptop based. I have an Actron reader; which cost $400 and an Auterra (auterraweb.com) reader which is palm pilot based. I had problems with the earlier Auterra software, it didn't work with my boxster. It worked with a honda, BMW, ford, volvo and toyota. I bought it for $200 on ebay. The later (3.0 and above) Auterra software works with the boxster. The upgrade was free so no big deal.

I think there are 4 standards out there. I believe Porsche uses the same standard as BMW. I can't remember if it was ISO or Keyword 2000.

I would recommend the Auterra reader since it's easier to upgrade and the code look-up is better. If you don't have the Porsche manual, I would suggest a membership to alldatadiy.com. The numbers mean nothing if you can't diagnose or look-up the error codes. alldatadiy.com has a trouble-shooting guide based on P-codes. Go to the auterra website for a demo.

I hope this helps.

(corrected links -- Loren)

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For about $125 I got piece of mind (and the ability to turn off my own CEL light). The software (and cable) will also give you the fault code so you know what caused it. Nothing fancy (or expensive it just works). Not trying to sell the stuff... just a happy customer. www.obd-2.com


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My friend Chris who was the shop foreman at my local dealer bought the one sold by Baum Tools for a palm pilot. I figured it must be good since he paid for it out of his pocket and had access to the dealership's PST2.

He let me borrow it and even I could figure out how to use it. Jeff


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