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    Default Which scan tool would you get?

    I am looking into picking one up. 100 bucks is the max I want to spend on this item, and JCWhitney is having a good sale. I am familiar with the Actron brand, but I found another that looks good too. I would like to moniter emission status, and just be able to trouble shoot, and erase codes. Thanks for the help.

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    Choice B, Innova:

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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    oops, didnt see the price limit.

    maybe spend a little more for this one.

    http://mactools.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemNum=ET9040
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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    Mac is nice, but i know you are paying for the name too. Just like Snap-on. 100 bucks is the limit.
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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    Quote Originally Posted by TXFO
    oops, didnt see the price limit.

    maybe spend a little more for this one.

    http://mactools.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ItemNum=ET9040
    That seriously doesn't do anything more than the $100ish Actron.

    And with our OBD-II DTC list here in the forums, If all you want is a scan tool, I'd just get the $60-$70ish actron pocket scanner. It's the same thing without the built-in database of DTC meanings. The DTC list here has common causes of each DTC, so even when I use a tool that tells me the meaning I usually come here to look it up anyways.

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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    I was looking into getting a scan tool myself. I went ahead and got an XCal2. It has a scan tool built into it as well as having the tuning and dataloging features.

    Just something else to consider if you haven't already. The only downside is that the Xcal2 only reads Ford ECU's. In my family all the OBD2 cars are Ford so that worked for me.
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    The problem with most (if not all) the 'cheapy' scanners is they only show you engine data. If you splurge for a better scanner you can monitor everything.

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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    I have an Xcal 1 and am not planning on getting Xcal2 so that is out. I mostly want this for CELs and such. I was going to get the pocket scanner, but for the extra 20 bucks, this has more features.
    I also was looking at something called the CarChip as a possible add on later. Sears had one for 50 dollars, and can datalog 75 hrs of engine data. There is another one for 150 that moniters more items and can datalog 300 hrs of data.
    I appreciate the advice. I think I will go with the Actron.
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    I'd get this scan tool


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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    Dude, I know you can read... you musta missed this...

    Quote Originally Posted by SVTADAM
    I have an Xcal 1 and am not planning on getting Xcal2 so that is out.

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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    bah in my haste to post my choice in scaners, i didn't bother reading the rest of the thread. sowwies
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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    u're really not going to get anything great for 100 bucks max, the actron is alright, but it really wont do anything but read codes and erase them, and for 80 bucks thats not bad, thats the reader that AutoZone uses and sells. the best one u can get is gonna be snap-on, but i dont even want to think about that one's price.

    go actron, its easy to use.
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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    Quote Originally Posted by ax0n
    That seriously doesn't do anything more than the $100ish Actron.

    And with our OBD-II DTC list here in the forums, If all you want is a scan tool, I'd just get the $60-$70ish actron pocket scanner. It's the same thing without the built-in database of DTC meanings. The DTC list here has common causes of each DTC, so even when I use a tool that tells me the meaning I usually come here to look it up anyways.

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    maybe. But the Mac scanner is a good unit. It carrys a good warenty and it usually dosent just crap out. The Actron is pretty unreliable. Ive blown thru 2 of them in the past.
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    Default Re: Which scan tool would you get?

    well i love my otc nemysis, kinda wish i had the genysis though so i could have the import software, but for what i do, the nemysis is fine. costs about 600 dollars, but... it has code reading, special tests, ie: koeo, koer, and it is CAN-enabled, your 100 dollar scan tool will not be able to read codes on a 05+ focus, and every car after 08

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