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starnest 12-03-2009 12:23 PM

OBDCOM Scan Tool?
 
Has anyone heard of, used, puchased the OBDCOM tool?

I found online at OBDCOM.COM, this tool reads, clears OBD2 codes, using an interface cable and software on a laptop. Priced at $85, seems too good to be true.

I sent them an e-mail and a guy named Mike called me, straightforward guy, but over the phone is ????

Just want to know if they are legit and if anybody has used their tool. I don't need the high end shop scan tool, evidenced by the fact that OBD2 equipped vehicles have been around since 97 and I've fixed them without the tool so far.

I'll probably order one later today or tomorrow unless someone knows why I shouldn't. I'll post a review if I get one.

M&M CUSTOM 12-04-2009 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by starnest
. . . this tool reads, clears OBD2 codes, using an interface cable and software on a laptop. Priced at $85, . . .

Sounds like someone doing the same thing with OBD 2 stuff that several have done with the older ECM/PCM/CCC reader programs. You can do the same thing with a parts store scan tool, I have one I purchased at Advance Auto several years ago for reading and clearing codes for something like $70, and it should cost less for the same thing now that they've been around a while.

Not saying he doesn't have a program than read into it much more, and actually tell you what the codes it reads mean, which would be a really nice feature, but for my OBD2 needs the scan tool does it, and for the older GM stuff I have the same setup you are asking about.

starnest 12-05-2009 11:50 AM

M&M - Thanks for the reply.

The software w/interface is supposed to provide:
Code read and clear
Code definition by mfg (you have to e-mail make and model and they send the updates
Live dashboard
Live data from sensors with dat logging and graphing.

All for $85.

I'm just trying to make sure that OBDCOM is legit and their stuff is worth getting. Also looking at Scan-Tool's stuff. They have the reader and then you add-on software to do dashboard/data logging, etc.

M&M CUSTOM 12-05-2009 03:54 PM

That sounds pretty reasonable since they have the dashboard software.

I have the same thing for pre OBD2 and it may come in handy here soon as I lost use of speedometer in my transmission swap and haven't had a chance to jack the Suburban back up yet.

anichac 02-04-2010 06:17 AM

I bought one
 
for my husband who is a mechanic and he loves it. Great buy

starnest 02-08-2010 03:47 PM

Anichac

Welcome to Hotrodders.
Thanks for the reply to this thread.

Still looking for more feedback on this product.

thorchar 10-10-2012 10:09 AM

i just got one it works just got to fine out how long the tests takes

LATECH 10-10-2012 03:23 PM

Lots of times the generic scan tools miss information or codes that can be stored in the OEM section of the PCM. It only reads the generic section.
Also with control area network in play these days , a generic scanner wont tell you anything about any other functions or codes stored by body modules or any othe type of module(nav,traction etc.)
Plus you wont have any bi directional testing of any devices.
It will give you a code for the engine or trans, and some wont give anything more than a p0700 for the trans , which can make a diagnostic on that a bit tougher.
I would look at the actron scanner. It can scan the generic and OEM section of most cars.
I have a Snap on MTG 2500 with all but the last upgrade. Its OK on older stuff. The shop Has a chinese made scanner called Launch X 431 , and it is the best bang for the buck out there. A comparable snap on would be over 20 grand. The wired version the shop has,was used, sold as new with full warranty, for 2000 bucks.
The launch X 431 is DA Bomb.
For 85 bucks, all included for a genric scanner, Meh, a hand held would be easier.JMHO

LATECH 10-10-2012 03:30 PM

Look at the Launch C reader V , google it.

boothboy 10-10-2012 04:18 PM

I own one and it works fine. The only issue I have with the system is that I don't like lugging around my laptop as much as I thought I would.

75gmck25 10-13-2012 08:18 PM

Not trying to hijack the thread, but has anyone tried the ScanGauge II, which has both OBD scan capability and a live monitor capability? The documentation looks like it does a lot for a very small device, and its available from quite a few places for $159. It also appears to be able to read most of the manufacturer-specific parameters. However, I'd like to get input from someone who has used one.

I would like to use it infrequently as a scan tool for troubleshooting, but leave it connected in my 2005 Mustang GT for live monitoring.

Thanks,

Bruce


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