What Type Of Scanner Is Everyone Using

Just curious what folks here are using for scanners. Where did you get yours, cost, update fees, etc.
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Mike, I hope you don't mind me tagging on to your query here.
I am wondering how I can tell what kind of scanner will hook up to my '95 Park Ave Ultra. Is there a list of this info somewhere?
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Tag on Ed, there's plenty of room. I believe your '95 is OBD I, so you'd need a scanner that is compatible with it, as well as OBDII for newer cars. If memory serves me correctly, OBDII hit the streets in '96.
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The '95 P.A. is OBD II. 94-95 were the transition years. GM had OBD I AND II on various models and some had 1.5 which was a blend of parts and used the OBDII connector BUT with different pinouts. Still better than Ford or Chrysler who had MANY more connections and protocols.
If your looking for a decent unit that has a good price AND can monitor sensors real-time check out the Actron 9145. It can read OBD I and II and has many make specific codes in it already. It is the one I grab the most to use at home. http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid 150 (9150 is the same scanner BUT includes all the cables for different vehicles, great deal if you need them)
If you want a full tilt machine that can read anything in the vehicle. Find a Genisys and all the add-ons. Or for a bit less money a tech 2 that is up to date and has the correct modules and cables. http://www.otctools.com/frames-newcatalog.php3 Has anything you might want for a PRICE.
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On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 13:55:31 -0500, "Mike Marlow"

You are correct. From my Actron OBD II CP9135 box (Auto Zone/$99.99), "Use on all cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. from 1996 to present."
The back of the box shows the Actron CP9150 will do OBD I & II.
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The Ghost of General Lee wrote:

It have two, a Actron 9135 and a Scantool CJ3 that does live data and supports CAN protocol which the 9135 dies not. The CJ3 also has a data feed through so you can hook a laptop or PDA to it and software for it is free.
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Zone/$99.99),
The Actron 9145 will also handle CAN with the update. It will print as well BUT only to a serial printer. Still waiting for a USB adapter to see if it will work that way. That box is correct to a point. There are 94 and 95 vehicles that use ODB II. The 95 PA is one.
http://www.actron.com/publish/2005/07/22/pdf_english_16150.pdf
is the book for the 9145 and it has a chart in appendix A of 94-5 OBD II vehicles.
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I use a home made MAX232 IC based unit for my 1995 ALDL8192 Monte, I made an ELM322 (VPW) IC based unit for OBDII GMs, and I am in the middle of constructing a home made ELM327 IC based unit for OBDII/CAN/ISO vehicles. All connect to my laptop and use free software.
Steve

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Now that's cool Steve. Care to share the schematics and any observations of your design/build process? How about functionality? Complete? Turn off Check Engine? Got Pics? Free Software - from where? I'm sure more questions could follow.
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Easy as pie. All the ELM IC schematics and data sheets are available here: www.elmelectronics.com.
The MAX232 unit for the GM ALDL160 and ALDL8192 (aka OBDI and OBD1.5 by some) schematic and info available here: http://www.techedge.com.au/vehicle/aldl8192/8192hw.htm .
Data streams for GM vehicles available on the 'net under the name "ALDLStuff.zip."
Free software is all over the 'net. I use CarBytes for the ALDL8192 interface.
I can take pics later and post them on my website.
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