Scantool for Automotive

Hello All:
I am new to to this site.
I have question. Are any fo you familiar with the Auromotive Scan tools such as Auto-Xay, Actron, Innova Equus
I would like to have tool that SCans vehacle data and prepare a report.
Thanks.
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They all do, what is question.

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Thanks.
Mu question is that My would like to have following>
The unit should able to Interface with PC and prepare good diagnostic report(professtional one if possible).
Also it should be upgradable.
It should be able to support older car and well as new cars. OBD1 and 2. Enhanced OBD2 also.
Wireless(bluetooth) capable if possible.
Any recommendation from pros and experienced users.
Your help will be graelty appreciated. Thanks in Advance.

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What type of report are you expecting?

Upgradeable or up-dateable?

The specifications of the scan tool should identify which of these features it is capable of.

Bluetooth does not have the data rate capabilities to support Enhanced OBD2 reliably.

Best results are with the OEM scan tool.

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I could be wrong, but I don't think any support OBDI except on a trivial basis. OBDI didn't have any standard interface (most cars didn't have any interface at all except a way to flash codes). I bought an OBDI code reader kit for $35 that covered Honda, Toyota and Nissan. When I opened it I found a nice manual and two jumper plugs, one for Honda/Acura and one for Toyota/Lexus. It also turns out the manual is available on-line at http://tinyurl.com/y6scej Oh, well.
Mike
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I have an OTC OBD1 scanner. No PC interface, but it's very good. Gives live info stream of any four parameters.
Al
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snipped-for-privacy@cybertrails.com says...

SPX/OTC Genisys delux with WiFi, OBDI Euro, & OBDI Asian cables. You're looking at about $2500 bucks or better. Doesn't give really good signwaves but its not a "toy" either. There is also the OTC Nemisys which does less. The upcoming OBD III is going to be a nasty bitch... The Genisys, Tech II, and others won't likely be able to upgrade to that. Personally I think a O-scope can, at times, be a more powerful diagnosing tool than a scantool. But thats far from what you're looking for.
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I'll second that. It isn't convenient to connect, but a scope tells the whole story on O2 sensors.
Mike
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I agree with Peter. I have and Auto X Ray 5000, works great. Purchased it at autobarn.com for $360, got the PC software for free. They still have the 5000 for $360 - the 6000 for $430 - the PC software for $70. Check them out, I had a real good buying experience with them. On time, new product, nice to talk to.
At $85 bucks a pop at the dealer, this scanner paid for it's self in 5 scans. I'm real happy with the product.
Warren
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Hello'
I have seen that Auto X-Ray for $359 and Esay PC for $18.00. One of the Auto store is discontinuing the product.
I though of buying that, then I was worroed if the new upgrade will able to apply. They have Auto X-Ray 6000 also.
Question: 1: Can you connect Auto X ray 5000 and drive around and then down load the data to the computer? 2: Does it have USB or serial interface?
Do you think it is worth to buy Auto X-Ray 5000 or Buy 6000?
I was alos looking into OTC 3409 Scan pro for $350.00, nice with Garphing capabilities.

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On Wed, 20 Dec 2006 23:03:28 GMT, " snipped-for-privacy@sbcglobal.net"

Auto X Ray. we are talking scanners here, not readers.
Modular - You start with a basic package and add as much as you want when you want. OBDI ODBII and the enhanced diagnostics which are used in addition to OBDII.
Note there are several different cables used for OBDI, OBDII ALDL and the RJ45 to 9pin serial port for data downloads.
Upgrades are readily available to be downloaded online to add different capabilities... So if you purchase the GM package and need a nisson package...you can connect to the website pay the costs...and d/l the capability.
They have a software program that allows you download the measurements from the scan tool (pc cable required). You can print out the reports.
Auto XRay allows you to obtain a "snapshot" or monitor real time operation of the various sensors.
I've been using it as a DIY'r and it helps isolate a lot of problems. It can get kinda pricey when you start adding up all the bells and whistles but everything is relative...If you work on a variety of cars...it can pay for itself very quickly. Having this available makes me want to work on a variety of cars !!
I found several on ebay....first check out autoxray.com and get a feel for how everything fits together...then take a look on ebay and see if you can save some money.... or just purchase it new...depending upon your budget.
Here's their hi end scanner complete with PC capability cost is 700.00
The AutoXray EZ-Scan AX6000 (Part # AX6000) is an OBD-I and OBD-II scanner which includes all OBD-II protocols, including the newly released Controller Area Network [CAN] protocol. The tool has the added benefit to display selected enhanced codes and vehicle data for GM, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota. The CAN protocol is currently being used in a variety of vehicles and will be the mandated protocol in all new vehicles by 2008. This tool includes all the features of the EZ-SCAN AX5000 plus OBD-II ENHANCED vehicle coverage for Ford, GM, Chrysler and Toyota and EZ-PC AX500. Staying current with the very latest in automotive scanning doesn't have to be a complex effort. The CAN-compliant EZ-Scan makes keeping up with the latest a simple matter. Just turn to AutoXray, of course. FEATURES Displays on screen DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) and code definitions for: OBD-I codes OBD-II generic codes OBD-II manufacturer specific codes OBD-II Enhanced codes Supports multiple trouble code requests: generic codes, pending codes and enhanced codes Displays Enhanced vehicle data for GM, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota OBD-I Cables Includes OBD-I Cables for GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles Includes EZ-PC AX500 FREE Internet Updates Graph Drivability Capture Data Archive Scan & Capture Information Print Reports and Export Capture Data in Spreadsheet Format View LIVE sensor data & engine controlled values from vehicles on-board computer Resets Check Engine Light View Freeze Frame Data Reads and Displays supported emissions readiness monitor status Displays supported Vehicle ID Information (VIN#) O2 sensor readings Customizable data view Hard carrying case included VEHICLE COVERAGE GM 82 - Current Year [12 & 16 pin ALDL and OBD-II] Ford 83 - Current Year [EEC IV and OBD-II] Chrysler 83 - Current Year [SCI and OBD-II] Jeep 91 - Current Year [SCI and OBD-II] Toyota 96 - Current Year [OBD-II] Honda 96 - Current Year [OBD-II] NISSAN 96 - Current Year [OBD-II] All other Asian and European 96 - Current Year [OBD-II] Enhanced vehicle data for GM, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota 96 - Current Year [OBD-II] EXTENDED COVERAGE GM, Ford, Toyota & Chrysler OBD-II Enhanced Data (Chrysler requires special cable - sold separately)
CONTENTS AX6000 Scanner GM OBD-I Cable Ford OBD-I Cable Chrysler OBD-I Cable OBD-II Cable (Yellow) GM OBD-II MFG Specific Cable (Blue) EZ-PC AX500 Hard Carrying Case Users Manual Reg. Card HARDWARE SPECS 8 Line Display 128 x 64 Pixel Screen 8 pin SDL Communications port 8 Pin RJ45 Serial Communications Port Backlit Display 32 Step Contrast Control Display Battery Powered 4 AA Unit Measurements: Weight, 9 oz. Dimensions, 8.125 H x 3.125 W x 1.5 D Data Save Auto Off Real-Time Operating System Flash Updatable Applications Hard Carrying Case Durable Spill proof Membrane Keypad
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Just a caveat here.....
The Scan Tools from Auto Xray will read all trouble codes... however they capture data on engine components only. They are not useful for scanning or diagnosing powertrain or ABS systems. (means they won't scan for wheel sensor data...etc).
Plus they are passive...they do not activate anything.
My opinion (for what it's worth...being a DIY'r not anywhere near a professional).
The price is right for the DIY'r or the person who wants to service vehicles at a lower level, but it does not substitute for professional equipment in a reasonably equipped shop.
(I would love to see some of the equipment in today's diagnostic shops.... must be fascinating.)
Peter
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Hello Peter:
What about the Auto ingenuity. It cost $259.00. Is it comparable to Auto X-ray 6000?
Thanks.
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On Mon, 25 Dec 2006 04:12:33 GMT, " snipped-for-privacy@sbcglobal.net"

No direct experience here. can't help you...sorry.
Peter
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