I don't think the price is ridiculous. Just what interface do you think is
compatible on your laptop to this SAE controller port? You not only require
a cable, you also need a SAE bus controller card and the software to drive
In my experience, it's only absurd if someone else has it cheaper...
I can't see the cable or the software at that price for anyone BUT a pro...
They can hopefully do enough work to get a return on their investment, but most
folks aren't going to spend $1,200 on getting their codes read in their
Please remove splinters before emailing
Do you just want a simple code reader? You can get those for a lot less:
Or, here's a USB to OBD-II interface for $70:
You could also get a complete package (hardware/software) for $80 here:
Amazing technology, that Google is...
Watch out, Tom - people giving serious answers to serious questions on
this group are likely to be challenged.
No - I already have a code reader. I was given the softwear I need to
connect to my Dodge, but the cable was not available.
Thanks for those two other links - I'll give them a look.
The way I see it, it takes two people to have a pissing contest. If you
don't participate, the other guy is just standing there looking rediculous
I also found some plans for building your own interface, if you're into the
electronics thing. Parts came out to less than $20, if I remember (but that
was assuming you already had the stuff to etch a PC board). Too messy for
But understand that for OBD-II, it's more than just a cable. It is an
actual interface converter, as you need to convert the OBD-II protocol to
RS-232. But I agree, $200 is a bit out of line, especially given the price
of some of the previously-linked products.
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