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Old 11-22-2008, 04:32 PM   #1
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Great help here! In order to better work on my Saturns I hope someone could reccomend a mid priced OBDII scanner or advise on ones to avoid. Santa is on his way after all
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:38 PM   #2
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The Actron 9180 is not a bad deal overall.

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Old 11-22-2008, 05:02 PM   #3
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I got one that uses bluetooth with my laptop. Cost 80 bucks. Then i found a nice software to go with it. There is free software you can download, but you only can clear DTC codes and read certain data.

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Old 11-22-2008, 05:09 PM   #4
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I have the Actron 9185 and it is pretty good. Stock it works on 96 and later. Also does CAN which you need for many of the 06 and later including Saturn. You can purchase the adapters to do the earlier years but I thought they were expensive so I did not purchase them.

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Old 11-22-2008, 06:42 PM   #5
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I bought an actron and then later I bought one from sears that reads the monitors to see if they're set or not. Questionable inspections made easy. Best of all, it got my girlfriend an inspection while throwing a 0401 lol.

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Old 11-22-2008, 07:08 PM   #6
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The Actron 9185 tells you if the monitors are set. Funny though, my 96 Altima always indicates that the monitors are not ready yet it passes every time.

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Old 11-22-2008, 07:21 PM   #7
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Great help here! In order to better work on my Saturns I hope someone could reccomend a mid priced OBDII scanner or advise on ones to avoid. Santa is on his way after all
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ScanGuageII ... Reads and resets codes. Provides a multitude of information... Better mileage computer than any OEM DIC provides...


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Great if you can leave in primarily in one car. They sell extra cables to allow to be used in multiple cars.


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A mount for those cars where the velcro on top of the mirror doesn't work out, you can easily mount it below the mirror...

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Old 11-22-2008, 11:38 PM   #8
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mrriden -

I second BobbyP's vote. ScanGauge!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:04 AM   #9
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I'm using the EASE PDA OBD-II scan tool. it can read and reset codes and display and record sensor output. www.obd2.com

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:07 AM   #10
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ScanGuageII ... Reads and resets codes. Provides a multitude of information... Better mileage computer than any OEM DIC provides...

+1 on the ScanGuage. I love it. It wont tell you what the code is, you have to look it up, but it does all that you need and more. Recently, I found out how to use it to send a command to my pcm to retrieve the test data. That is to say, I found out what tests have not been run. I don't know if this is useful, as "NOT READY" is not ready regardless of what tests need to be accomplished, but it's cool. It's a little on the expensive side, at 170.00, but I think it's well worth it. If you are interested in driving for fuel economy, there's nothing better. I drive for a living with my saturn, so I use it to monitor my driving habits. I watch the throttle position in conjunction with the current MPG and average MPG for the tank. Without it, I would just go nuts with the gas pedal. As far as I'm concerned, I paid for the unit within six months of having it, in terms of fuel saved.

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:43 AM   #11
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This cable plugs into a serial port on a laptop computer and the software will support most of the odd functions on the Saturn. the Saturn is somewhat unique and most scanners do not support all functions. These usually go cheap. This is the one that i use and it does everything that you would want. you do need a computer with a serial port, a USB adapter will not work. This is a good use for the old paving brick laptop you have lying around.

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:52 AM   #12
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Here's the software Im using:

http://www.glmsoftware.com/Screenshots.aspx

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That requires or works with the ELM 327 chip cable, right?

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That requires or works with the ELM 327 chip cable, right?
Im using it with my bluetooth ELM 328 IIRC. Id have to check to make sure. Its a 32_

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I have both an ELM 327 based laptop connection and a Scanguage II. The Elm 327 just sits in the box, the Scanguage is always in use because of the live fuel economy reading. If I had bought the Scanguage first I would have never bought the ELM 327.

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The primary function of the scanner and the Scanguage are almost exactly opposite. Some of the features overlap though. The scanner is a troubleshooting/diagnostic tool that has the capability of providing real time performance monitoring and display of various engine parameters while the Scanguage is primarily a real time performance monitoring device that can also aid in troubleshooting. The first thing the prospective purchaser needs to decide is "what do I want to do with this tool?" and then look at what is available.

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Well worth the $$$
A wealth of information here... Would be very useful in troubleshooting.

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the primary function of the scanner and the scanguage are almost exactly opposite. Some of the features overlap though. The scanner is a troubleshooting/diagnostic tool that has the capability of providing real time performance monitoring and display of various engine parameters while the scanguage is primarily a real time performance monitoring device that can also aid in troubleshooting. The first thing the prospective purchaser needs to decide is "what do i want to do with this tool?" and then look at what is available.
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