5 Stars By Demetre on 2017-03-03
I'm using this cable and Palmers OBD2 software, was around $80 for my 1999 LS1 Camaro SS. Cable works 100% of the time and have plugged it and unplug it around 20 times. It lights green when working correctly.I'm amazed on data shown and you can erase and read detailed engine codes. The software takes some time to get use to it but when recording it shows timing, o2 sensors, emissions stuff, intake temp, air fuel ratio, coolant temps etc. Used it on my brothers 2008 Chevy truck within seconds as well. Best money ever spent for the car.
3 Stars By Ennenga on 2016-02-19
Works, basic free software bundle will record logs of PID's
I am glad to report that I finally got this thing working. I feel that the documentation provided wasn't really enough to get it working and I had to spend a fair amount of time searching for a solution.
I installed this under Win7(64) and went through the quick setup guide. The OBDWiz software would not connect to the device or my car, despite the lights being the proper color. I poked around on the forums and found that this appears to be a common issue perhaps having to do with an FTDI driver issue. I upgraded the driver and still no connection, so I gave up on this thing for a while, thinking I might try it on another vehicle soon. I upgraded to Win10. After that upgrade I tried it and the software wouldn't run. I uninstalled and reinstalled and still the software wouldn't run. I ended up searching and deleting an OBDWiz folder under C:\ProgramData and reinstalling the driver and the OBDWiz program.
I drove around and noticed (while stopped) that the RPM and Speed gauges along with some other info (coolant temperature, engine load) would update, but none of the (prominent) fuel consumption related gauges ever update. Poked around in the settings and couldn't figure out if there is a way to make it work. I am left not knowing what info is supported for (provided by) my vehicle (Saturn SC2) using this tool.
Overall, three stars for basic functionality and a customer friendly warranty.
I'd give it one star for documentation and the annoying FTDI driver issues
Five stars for data logging in CSV format for later graphing and analysis.
It does update PID's faster than the (very short-lived) ~$12 bluetooth dongle I bought, and promises more functionality if I pay extra for "premium software".
5 Stars By Alejandro Luna on 2014-03-30
SCANTOOL OBDLINK-II "PERFECT!!!!!!!
WELL THIS IS ONE OF MOST IMPORTANT TOOL I EVER HAVE NOW I DONT NEED TO RUN FOR A MECHANIC OR TO THE AUTO PARTS TO CHECK THE ENGINE LIGHT ON MY CARS OR TRUCK NOW I CAN DO THAT JOB IN MY OWN GARAGE AND FIX WHIT NO PROBLEMS THE ALL............IM SO HAPPY TO HAVE NOW WHIT ME NOW I LOOK EVERY DAY FOR THE LIGHT IF TURN ON KIND OF FUNNY!!!!!!GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHITOUT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CARS YOU CAN LEARN TOO MUCH JUST THE FIRST TIME,IS RIDICULUS HOW MUCH MONEY MECHANICS CHARGE FOR JUST TO LOOK IN YOU CAR WHITOUT MOVING A SINGLE SCREW,MY FIRST DAY I USED I FIX 2 CARS THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE CREATORS OF THIS GREAT TOOL NOW EVEN MY LOPTOP OR DESKTOP HAVE A GREAT USE IN MY HOUSE NOT ONLY FOR LOSSE TIME ON FACEBOOK EVEN MY DAUGHTERS AND MY SONS THEY ARE VERY INTERISTING IN THIS TECHNOLOGY SO THEY CAN SAVE MONEY IN THE FUTURE OR EVEN MAKING AS IM STARTING TO DO,"GOD BLESS YOU PEOPLE"...
5 Stars By Chris Newman on 2016-01-06
This product works great with my windows 10 HP laptop
This product works great with my windows 10 HP laptop. With the included downloadable software and drivers this product will read not only active fault codes but stored fault codes as well. This product gives you the ability to delete active codes from your cars computer system as well as monitor and record your vehicle performance while driving. This ability allows you to diagnose the mystery problems that only occur under certain driving conditions. once a code is displayed on screen it is a simple point and click for the description of the fault along with links for manufacturer specifics as to what causes the code. for example instead of just telling you the cade is for a bad oxygen sensor in bank one it will tell you what the problems are with the censor (reading out of voltage range during these conditions) The virtual dash board is very informative giving you information such as exact water temperature, gallons per hour current being used (great for recognizing excessive gas consumption at idle). Speedometer and rpm gauge If you have a laptop that you don't care to use in the garage and are an at home mechanic that does not have hundreds or thousands to spend on a good scan computer I would recommend this product. It has a fair price with good features (Many I have yet to explore). The cord is long enough to set your laptop in your passenger seat and still be routed out of the way.
Pros: Great features, sturdy construction, Fair price, cord length is sufficient for use.
Cons: Would benefit greatly from a link to video instructions for use of the software (There may be a YouTube video out there but I have not had time to search for one)
3 Stars By shawn cooke on 2017-04-25
NO SERIAL KEY FOR SOFTWARE
I like the tool itself, but it didn't come with a serial key for the software. Ive seen others with the same complaints. Not sure what to do or who to contact
5 Stars By Kay on 2015-12-30
though the scanner itself may be just fine, I never got far enough in the setup ...
This one gets many, many stars. I had originally tried one of the iSaddle WIFI Wireless OBD2 scanner, and, though the scanner itself may be just fine, I never got far enough in the setup process to find out. This one, on the other hand, has simple, direct, and clear instructions. In fact, it only has 6 steps (effectively, it has 4 steps as two of them are "plug into car," and "turn car on"). The device is just as it appears in the pictures. It has a little LED light on it, and THE DIRECTIONS INDICATE WHAT THE VARIOUS LIGHT COLORS MEAN (double points!!). The instructions direct me to a website to get the drivers/software to run it, and even gives me the validation key for use (TRIPLE POINTS!!!). The wired USB connection ensures the device is actually talking to the computer. Don't get me wrong, I'm perfectly happy with wireless devices, but the plug-in nature coupled with the easy instruction manual makes this a good purchase for a DIY mechanic like me. I don't need a device that I have to first solve like a scrambled Rubik's cube, so I can fix my broken car (my car is broken, you really think I'm in the mood for a puzzle, iSaddle?).
I give this little guy 3 stars for the product, because it does what it is supposed to, and the other two stars are earned by the great, and simple instructions to get setup. Thank you for investing in ensuring that I'm focusing my diagnostic efforts towards my car, not my tools.
3 Stars By John Salla on 2015-04-18
this is not a great burden, since I have a list of the ...
Despite what I read and despite the answer to my specific question about this issue, this ScanTool does NOT explain BMW specific codes. It will give you the code but then you have to look the code up. For me, this is not a great burden, since I have a list of the BMW codes and what they mean. Otherwise this is a good purchase. You can't beat the price.
5 Stars By Tpetro on 2014-12-12
Saved me over $500 in shop fees!!
I had the check engine light pop on followed by very rough idle and acceleration on my fiance's 2008 BMW328i. I dropped it off at the shop to hear back a few hours and a $75 diagnostic check later that they wanted to charge me $600+ To fix it. I took the car home and I ordered this scan tool with same day delivery and had it when I came home from work.
Setup was simple. Download the program off the internet(no cd is included)..plug it into car and it auto detects the correct software needed for you CPU(you need to be within wifi range for this step).... Follow the steps provided in the instructions(very easy) to get the error codes. In addition to the error codes it gives full details of vehicles operating conditions, digital dashboard, max speed, rpm ,etc... It also allows you to cler out any error codes.
I was very impressed with how much this little device was capable of.
With the error code and diagnosis provided I was able to determine that I was having a misfire in the 5th cylinder.
I changed out the spark plugs and the coil to the 5th cylinder coil.
Total cost:1.5 hours, $40 bucks for the plugs, $67 for the coil...... Total of just over a $100
This thing saved me from getting taken by the shop and saved me $500!!
Highly recommended this product!
5 Stars By Ryan L. on 2017-03-30
Super tool and must have for anyone that works on newer cars.
This cable and software are a great value and easy to use. I have a scan tool and it couldn't do half what this does and it cost 3 time what this does. There is options for addition functions and I am thinking I might get them so I can do even more. This product was able to read VW codes which my other tool wouldn't. So worth the money
5 Stars By jsh on 2015-07-31
Very Surprised How Well It Worked.
Having use a lot of different OEM level diagnostic tools over the years, I was very suspicious about a low cost tools like this appeared to be. I however had a personal need on an older car and decided that for the price is was worth the risk. To my surprise, the OBD II connector cable arrived with the software license code and in under 10 min I had the software down loaded and operational. I was able to connect up to a 2001 Lincoln Continental (and pull codes) as well as a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquise with no problems. Didn't expect all of the included capabilities. One other item of interest is that I had just updated my computer to Windows 10 the day before, so "yes, it works on Windows 10".
Note: This review was written only one day after getting the product, so I have no experience regarding how durable the cable will be.