Code reader suggestions ?

On my 2002 Ford Taurus SEL wagon I have a recurring "check engine" light coming on, and after doing some searches on this discussion group, it seems
that, that is a fairly common issue.
I came across mention of a "SunPro code reader". Searching that on google brought up the Actron web site. It looks like the basic reader is about $100 and a fancier one is about $300. Probably cables needed for a particular make of car, is extra.
Does anyone have any experience with these or other makes of code readers ... and have any suggestions as to what one is the best (best value) to get ?
Thanks !
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Just looking around google for "automobile code readers". What do you people think of these ones:
Equus CanOBD2 Code Reader: $200 http://www.autobarn.net/canobd23110.html
Actron OBD II AutoScanner: $140 http://www.autobarn.net/obdiiau.html
PocketScan Code Reader CP9125: $100 http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid 298
************** Any other suggested models ?
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I have this one:
http://www.obd-2.com /
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It's not clear from that link, what the actual item looks like. Is it a stand-alone unit with a LCD panel like most of the generic code readers?
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No, it runs on a laptop computer..
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Try this on for size.... one of the most common reasons for a CEL on your car is the DPFE sensor. AutoZone (YECH!!) will read your codes for free.... if they retrieve a P0401 and NO OTHER CODES... Check with your Ford dealer before you part with any cash.... The warranty period on your DPFE sensor has been extended (sorry, can't remember mileage or time, off-hand). If you are the original owner, you should have gotten a letter advising you of the updated coverage on this sensor.
Do NOT have AZ clear the code if it is present... the CSP has us scan codes.... if a P0401 is present, we slam-dunk a DPFE, calear codes and pat you on the bum on your way out the door. If the code returns, bring money. If other codes are present along with the P0401, bring money.
As far as scan tools are concerned.... most basic scan tools will help you buy parts. Full function scan tools (while spendier) will help you diagnose the concern.
Just my two cents... take it or leave it and don't nobody get mad.

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'Try this on for size.... one of the most common reasons for a CEL on your 'car is the DPFE sensor. AutoZone (YECH!!) will read your codes for free.... 'if they retrieve a P0401 and NO OTHER CODES... Check with your Ford dealer 'before you part with any cash.... The warranty period on your DPFE sensor 'has been extended (sorry, can't remember mileage or time, off-hand). If you 'are the original owner, you should have gotten a letter advising you of the 'updated coverage on this sensor. ' 'Do NOT have AZ clear the code if it is present... the CSP has us scan 'codes.... if a P0401 is present, we slam-dunk a DPFE, calear codes and pat 'you on the bum on your way out the door. If the code returns, bring money. 'If other codes are present along with the P0401, bring money. ' 'As far as scan tools are concerned.... most basic scan tools will help you 'buy parts. Full function scan tools (while spendier) will help you diagnose 'the concern. ' 'Just my two cents... take it or leave it and don't nobody get mad. ' '
' '> On my 2002 Ford Taurus SEL wagon I have a recurring "check engine" light '> coming on, and after doing some searches on this discussion group, it 'seems '> that, that is a fairly common issue. '> '> I came across mention of a "SunPro code reader". Searching that on google '> brought up the Actron web site. It looks like the basic reader is about '> $100 and a fancier one is about $300. Probably cables needed for a '> particular make of car, is extra. '> '> Does anyone have any experience with these or other makes of code readers '> ... and have any suggestions as to what one is the best (best value) to 'get '> ? '> '> Thanks ! '> '> -RS- '> '> ' Hi Jim:
What do you think about "CarChip" by DriveRight versus the generic code readers, the CarChip have the ability to record 75-300 hours worth of driving trip details, something a code reader cannot do at all. And it sells for about the same price as a generic code reader ?
On the face of it, this does appear to be a better choice, but I know that CarChip has not become popular despite of being on the market for a few years. I am asking because there may be something about it that is not obvious.
Tia
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I was looking at the CarChip site. I didn't see any prices. Does anyone know what it costs ? I note that "generic" code readers cost $100 to $400 ... and beyond.
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Anonymous wrote:

I have CarChip E/X. As far as code reading goes it's basic and requires a computer to read codes stored. It doesn't help with diagnosis of what the code means (they do include a list of common codes in the 'online' manual. So for your personal vehicle it isn't a bad choice. Doesn't require any special cables for the car since it plugs directly into the OBD-II connector. The latest USB models are an improvement over the older model like I have and can read CAN protocol codes the very latest vehicles are being outfitted with (the non-USB models can't and never will read CAN protocol -:). Davis seemed to have 'upped' the price of their units. I got the E/X for about $130 from Autozone (which they are still selling). The newer USB model seems to cost closer to $170, though I saw some discount models around $140 plus shipping.
The ability to download realtime data for up to 300 hours driving is really nifty and could come in handy if you are at no fault in an accident when the other dude claims otherwise.
If your car does get a code as you drive (like the original poster) then it may be very helpful in the diagnosis of what's up. It can track 23 parameters, but only 4 you choose at any one time.
Once you've fixed the fault the Carchip can be set to switch off the check engine light.
If you get codes only very infrequently the ability to record realtime data is certainly an advantage over a code reader that would otherwise sit collecting dust in your toolbox. For the more active mechanic, it's too much of a hassle hooking up to a computer each time you need to decode a fault.
My tuppence worth.
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All the models on the Davis webpage (http://www.davisnet.com/drive/products/carchip_products.asp ), seem to have USB now ... or am I reading the page wrong?
What do you think of the very basic model ... the "ChaChip" with its 75 hour capacity? What distributors did you see the CarChip discounted at ?
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I had read the compatability warnings on the Davis website ... guess it doens't hurt to repeat here.
Getting back to discount sources for the CarChip ... any suggestions as to where to look?
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-RBS- wrote:

I found the latest USB models $30 off at http://www.provantage.com/buy-7DAVC007-carchip-e-x-supports-protocol-usb-davis-instruments-obd-ii-vehicle-performance-monitoring-8221-shopping.htm
or try http://tinyurl.com/7sv73
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RS wrote:

Yes the new models are all USB. However the models I see for sale at Autozone (at store and online) are still the old serial interface type. That's what I was warning you about, there are still some old models left in the supply chain. I'd recommend the USB models due to their better compatibility with new cars and they will be supported with firmware upgrades for longer.

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The model with the alarm is $149.95, the regular E/x is $139.00
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I saw the AutoZone webpage with the E/X However, the photo of the item is too small to make clear what the interface is like. I see a pic of a cable that is serial on one end ... and some smaller plug on the other. Could the smaller end be USB ... and the larger end be "serial-like" ... which goes into the CarChip?
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I'm pretty sure the Autozone model is the older version. I think it would say USB somewhere in the description if that was the case.
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RS wrote:

Not so good. You cannot configure it to record any parameters, it just records a few preset parameters such as speed. It's memory is much less. I wouldn't recommend it except for the most basic use i.e. for monitoring other drivers performance and reading codes when they occur.
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Thanks,
I have ordered the USB model of the CarChip E/X from Provantage.com
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I received my CarChip E/X last week and so far have used it on one trip of 400 km. in length. What is the best newsgroup to see questions/answers (tips & tricks re: the software that comes with it, etc.) regarding its use?
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