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OBD Code Reader Recommendation


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I have a 2002 986 Boxster S with a CHECK ENGINE light on. Engine still runs fine with no indication of a problem.

I would like to have my own OBD Engine Code reader but really can not determine which one is going to deliver the best results for a home user. I have researched and found one by Innova/Equus model 314 and one that uses my laptop DURA???? I would prefer one that is useable on more then one vehicle (Porsche, BMW, Land Rover, etc..) Live data would be a great feature also! :notworthy:

Certainly on that reads the most codes is preferable. I just wonder about the reporting of manufacturer specific codes as in the case of the Boxster DME 7.2 Engine Codes as well as the Fault texts.

I am curious about others in the forum that have experiance with these readers and the recomendations before I go out and purchase one.

Thanks!! :thankyou:

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I have an actron 3150 for multi car stuff. It is a great OBD reader that does real time date and emmissions stuff, as well as anti-lock brakes on domestic cars. I have an older version od durametric for Porsche running on an old Thinkpad. For the rover I use tha Actron and have an ABS amigo as well. Ross-Tech makes the best VW aftermarket.

I bought my Actron at Sears, they run a sale about every other month or so.

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Actron for engine/emissions on all cars. Used mine on 4 brands. Durametric s/w adds some Porsche specific stuff (see their web site) but more $$$.

But, for the Porsche, nothing is as complete as a factory PST2 used by dealers and Porsche-experienced independent mechanics or PIWIS that the dealers use as they add transmission and security codes plus are what is mentioned in the repair manuals.

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For quick jobs and ease of use I bought a bluetooth OBD 2 I/F and use my Android phone with an OBD 2 app called Torque.

The author does lots of updates and it is something you can literally carry in your pocket. Bluetooth OBD2 (under $50) and Torque software (about $5).

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For the iPhone, I use GoPoint's GL-1 cable & GoLink app. Reads standard OBD2 data & supposedly throws up codes (haven't had any yet!). They also make CarBonga app which checks for TSB & recalls on your car.

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For the iPhone, I use GoPoint's GL-1 cable & GoLink app. Reads standard OBD2 data & supposedly throws up codes (haven't had any yet!). They also make CarBonga app which checks for TSB & recalls on your car.

There is an iPhone program - Dash Command, or something like that. But iPhone would only let you pair up a Wifi OBD2 reader - slightly more expensive than the bluetooth ones.

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