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5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Useful Easy-to-use Tool, 16 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: U480 CAN-Bus OBDII OBD2 EOBD Trouble Code Read Diagnose Tester Diagnostic Scanner (Electronics)
The scanner was delivered within 2 days (2 less than expected) so was well pleased with delivery. As many other reviewers have said, you simply plug it into your car's diagnostic port (once you've found it), switch on the ignition and read the LCD display. It's powered from the car's circuit so it doesn't need a battery or have an On/Off switch. You do need to ensure it's inserted firmly into the diagnostic port. The first time I used it, I got the dreaded 'Link Error!' message which tells you it wasn't communicating with the vehicle's system. Once the plug was pushed a bit harder into the socket the scanner was working correctly.

The instruction manual isn't the greatest but it's certainly not the worst either. One niggle was that whilst it tells you how to connect and switch on, it doesn't say anything about switching off and disconnecting. I also noticed a few more unexplained points such as what 'Pend:' in the DTC menu means (it means non-current faults that have happened in the past and remain stored in the ECU's memory). On the plus side, the manual does list all the OBD2 Generic DTC definitions (P & U codes) which will help to locate the cause and/or nature of problems.

The packaging states: "[the scanner] works with all 1996 and newer cars & trucks" which previous reviewers have suggested might not the case. So far, I've been able to use it with:
- 2002 BMW 316ti E46 Compact
- 2004 Porsche Boxster S (986)
- 2001 Land Rover Freelander 2.5V6 ES
- 2001 Peugeot 206 1.1

On the BMW, I found the scanner supported the generic DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) and was able to check the majority of the I/Ms (Inspection & Maintenance) sensors (O2, temp, etc) without any problems. The scanner didn't recognise the BMW's VIN information but this isn't a problem as you can read this off the vehicle's VIN plate anyway. On the Boxster the scanner supported the generic DTCs and several of the I/Ms without any problems. The scanner accurately read the Porsche's complete VIN. I found 4 fault codes on this car which relate to known recent misfires on cylinders 1,2 and 4 (due to dampness) which was a good test. I noticed that one of the 4 faults wasn't recognisable as a valid code. On the Freelander, the scanner also supported the generic DTCs and many of the I/Ms without any problems. The scanner partially read the Freelander's VIN (only the first few characters). The scanner wouldn't read the Peugeot's VIN either.

Overall, the scanner will read and clear generic fault codes so is helpful in diagnosing problems but, as as it will not read any of the proprietary codes used by car makers or reset service lights/warnings, it is not a substitute for dedicated (and expensive) diagnostic tools used by garages. At less than half of the cost of a diagnostic test at a garage it's definitely worth a punt.

NB - I felt it would be really helpful if ALL reviewers give the details of the car with which they've used it to help others decide whether it is likely to work on their car or not.
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2012 19:14:13 GMT
Thanks for that thorough review.
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