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Old 03-18-2007, 12:31 PM
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I have been looking at code scanners lately and been look at the Auto X Ray ones. I am torn between AutoXray EZ-Scan AX5000 and the AX6000. Any one here have a code scanner for older vehicles and what are you using. Also any here using the Auto X Ray scanner if so what do you have and how do yo like it. I was reading a review of it and someone stated that the problem with it is that it's vehicle dependent. It will give yo the code but not always the problem or what it is. You have to find out for yourself. The other thing is that the AX5000 is about $100 cheaper than the AX6000. I don't want to spend all that money if they are relatively close to the features and functions of each other.

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Doc here,

The key is, you get what you pay for..a $39 dollar code scanner is just that...a cheap scanner..whereas a $299 scanner is probably the better buy..

With ANY code scanner..it is going to tell you the problem at the NEAREST sensor downstream the problem...(the code may give you a clue as to the condition..) The common misconception is: replace the sensor, and I fix the problem..not always true!

Sensors DO fail often..but usually the problem is found by backtracking the problem upstream of the sensor..Air / Fuel mixture, timing, ect..and NOT the sender itself....thats like saying the smoke detector went off, so thats what caused the fire...

So the scanner will LEAD you to the problem area, not necessarily the problem itself..

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Doc speaks the truth. When I bought my scanner I thought it was going to tell exactly what to fix. Not so. Keep in mind also the scanners are going down in price every week so that is something to think about too. I bought an Actron and a few weeks later the Innova when on sale and I think I would have rather bought the Inova..
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