Scan Tool for OBD?

Old 06-25-07, 02:11 AM
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Scan Tool for OBD?

I am wondering if there is a inexpensive Scan Tool anyone has used with success or one you may recommend to consider? I'm thinkin $250 or less? I've noticed Ebay has a wide price range and many different brands.
The local parts house has one for $178, (Actron)?
Could be this is more cost effective to hire this test out to a mechanic?
Mainly interested in Dodge and GM vehicles.

2002 Dakota 6cyl
2000 Grand Am 6cyl
1996 Camero Z28

thanks in advance for any input!
Old 06-25-07, 05:20 AM
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I have the actron not a bad unit. just make sure you can clear the codes. Also my Actron only reads engine codes not brake codes or trannie codes.
You can spend more money and get more features like on time display. I got mine at the zone for 140 something dollars. I have used it plenty times as I have 3 cars to worry about.
Old 06-25-07, 05:59 AM
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If you are willing to have/use a laptop, I bought a nifty OBDII tool from I've had it for several years, it reads engine and transmission codes, will clear 'check engine' lights, etc. Does NOT do airbag systems. Has a real time display (you can use it while driving).
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I have a few actron units
They aren't bad at all
But since getting the auto x-ray, I haven't touched them
The auto x-ray units are pretty good, real easy and informative
I can highly recommend them

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