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Old 10-18-2010, 06:56 AM   #1
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I'm not used to newer cars or American cars and just bought my wife a 2003 Century. Is it recommended to have an OBDII Scan Tool on hand or am I asking the fates to send me codes?

Assuming a yes answer and since I hate to buy too cheap only having to rebuy something that really works, what make/model/type is recommended and/or price range and/or important features. In other words, what do you find helpful between a top end SnapOn whiz bang special and a Harbor Freight Chinese whiz bang special.

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If its just code retrieval your looking for, then a cheap Actron pocket scanner will do just fine. About $80 or so new?

If your into codes and watching what your engine is doing by viewing live data, then your looking at about $200 for a full fledge scanner.

Then you have the scanners that plug directly into your laptop. Unlimited data storage, bigger screen, you can take snapshots, record data etc. Like the one I have from Scantool.net.

If your interested in reprogramming like Billboost37 and Danthurs has(HP Tuners) those things do everything like above, but also reprogram. Those little boogers run about $400-500.
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I use a OTC Genisys. But my family has its own small fleet of cars. And friends always need to use it.

It can do everything with trouble codes, repair-trac (common symptoms and problems), circuit descriptions, data-streams with recording, etc.

I picked up a used one for 300$, it can read old obd-1 systems if you have the correct cables and reads obd-2 up to 2002. I think an update is around another 300$ but I'm not worried until we get something newer.

Might be more than what youre looking for but I thought I'd mention it. It'* been a lifesaver for me.
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