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Not a fancy pants expensive all singing all dancing one but one of these £20ish jobbies off ebay?

Are they any use? Any recommendations?

I do a lot of work on cars and vans and the mrs wants to get me one for xmas but when I look I see hundreds of readers around the £20 price bracket but don't know if they're any good?

Would pay a bit more if anyone can suggest anything?.....

Cheers.. T:
 

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I've just bought one of the elm327 bluetooth obdII tools from ebay, about 6 quid delivered. Connects to my phone or tablet, the basic app is free and it reads and clears codes. Seems to work on my punto and the van. The full app is only a few quid so will probably pay for it in the near future. Its called torque, I use it on android but l think it's available on other platforms as well.
 

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I have one, cost me around £30 from eBay. On the whole it's pretty good, it can clear fault codes andcisceasy to use. It also diagnosed a fault with my passat. The diagnosis is a bit generic, for example it listed possible maf and lambda sensor problems, but it turned out to be the ecu, which was also listed and had I known how to test the spark plug firing sequence I would have saved a packet. In my opinion worth the money at least to be able to clear service lights and fault codes.
 

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Cheers peeps.. T:T:

Looks like it might be worth a punt then..

Hoovie... It's not for my T4 but more for my mk4 Golf and other cars. I do a lot of tinkering for friends and family and I reckon it'd be useful..
 

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Agree vag com is fantastic, but it is expensive if all you want is a basic reader that can clear faults etc.

As for T4 being EOBD, I think it depends on age and engine. Mine is an 03 plate 2.5, dont think the 1.9s are.
 

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Cheers peeps.. T:T:

Looks like it might be worth a punt then..

Hoovie... It's not for my T4 but more for my mk4 Golf and other cars. I do a lot of tinkering for friends and family and I reckon it'd be useful..
Ah. Deffo get one. First use will pay for itself clearing codes T:
 

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But which one to get?

The vag-com is too expensive (unless you know of a cheap option?) and the scangauge II I can't seem to find?


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I was wondering exactly the same yesterday! Furthermore, what is the difference between a 'vag-com' reader and other readers? - apart from the price! Does a Vag-com unit recognise the vehicle type/model and diagnose the fault accurately as well?
 

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yup cheapo ones mainly read generic codes only, so you get the car's vin number and not much else, seems to me each manufacturer has their ones codes, VAG Com and VDS Lite gets my vote T:
 

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But which one to get?

The vag-com is too expensive (unless you know of a cheap option?) and the scangauge II I can't seem to find?


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http://www.scangauge.com/ T:

I bought the Scangauge for its trip computer features just as much for its EOBD fault reading features (The RAV4 I had had a OBC that was totally inaccurate to start with, and was used via the Head Unit, so when I replaced the OEM head unit with a Kenwood Sat-Nav unit, I wanted something to give me OBC features again.

I think the comment about the "cheapo units get you VIN and not much else" is a bit unfair. There is a whole long list of codes that are standardised across manufacturers which all these readers can report on - and reset.
Something like VAGcom, I presume going by the name, will be better for VAG group vehicles, but maybe not a lot of use for others? So more a product for a VAG specialist I would guess?
 

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http://www.scangauge.com/ T:

I bought the Scangauge for its trip computer features just as much for its EOBD fault reading features (The RAV4 I had had a OBC that was totally inaccurate to start with, and was used via the Head Unit, so when I replaced the OEM head unit with a Kenwood Sat-Nav unit, I wanted something to give me OBC features again.

I think the comment about the "cheapo units get you VIN and not much else" is a bit unfair. There is a whole long list of codes that are standardised across manufacturers which all these readers can report on - and reset.
Something like VAGcom, I presume going by the name, will be better for VAG group vehicles, but maybe not a lot of use for others? So more a product for a VAG specialist I would guess?
Hmmm. Cheers for that link. That looks really good. I could fit it in me Golf to use as an OBC then get a spare cable so if i need to use it as a fault code reader for other cars, I can easily. Far better than buying a bit of kit that sits in the garage dormant 99% of the time.. T:
 

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Hmmm. Cheers for that link. That looks really good. I could fit it in me Golf to use as an OBC then get a spare cable so if i need to use it as a fault code reader for other cars, I can easily. Far better than buying a bit of kit that sits in the garage dormant 99% of the time.. T:
If you do do this, then just to let you know the cable connection into the unit is actually an Ethernet CAT5 cable with an RJ45 connector, so if you an RJ4 coupler and a spare network cable, you should be able to keep your main golf cable nice and neat and use the spare for other cars T:
 

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hi, i bought a VS450 Vgate Fault Code Reader from ebay. its a bit more specific to VW Audi Seat Skoda than the general ones. got it as all my vehicles are vw although it does give you codes for other makes but you have to look the numbers up online to find out what it means. by no means state of art but does for basic stuff.
 
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