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This is a discussion on code readers within the Tools forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; what are you using and what do you suggest when it comes to a code reader....

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    code readers

    what are you using and what do you suggest when it comes to a code reader.

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    I have an Actron unit (I think it is the CP9175) that I picked up last year. I should have went one step up in order to be able to read individual sensor data. Other than that, it works great and has helped me out several times in diagnosing not only our cars, but friends' and familys' too.

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    I have a cp9180 that reads individual sensor data. ~$130 on amazon

    Actron CP-9180

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    I have a cp9180 that reads individual sensor data. ~$130 on amazon

    Actron CP-9180

    I will trade you.

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    this little guy is great for reading and clearing codes fast. Mac and Matco sell it but I found it cheaper online. Search "OBD ii scanner" Google shopping and you'll find it.


    And this scan tool called CReaderV from Launch is a nice large screen scanner that can read/clear codes, read data, and some other stuff

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    all i want is something like that but that does the emmission ready thing as well.

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    hptuners here

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    Quote Originally Posted by WS6S View Post
    all i want is something like that but that does the emmission ready thing as well.
    this one does:


    But I would say the ultimate and best for your WS6 is probably HPtuners since it does so much more. Might be overkill depending on what all you wanna do.

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    just want something that does it all,i just bought the actron cp9190 on the internet for $ 270.00 free shipping.that one seems to have most functions that i will ever need for many many different vehicles.

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    my son works at advance auto parts and i called him to price me with his 20% off and it was like 4 hundred and something.he said there mark up on it was 55 %,crazy huh ?

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    I bought a preditor handheld on here and use it just for the codes. I'll be selling it once I get hptuners.

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    I have auto-tap, Best unit I have ever owned.

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    innova 3030 purchased from walmart,just use it to read and clear codes. I think it was like 48.00

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    Matco has the CAN400 it does the new CAN and obd2 setups it also allows you to see live steamming data. it lists for 139.95 it's an awsome scanner/code reader

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Letourneau View Post
    I have auto-tap, Best unit I have ever owned.
    what version of autotap do you have?

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    Innova 3160 here. Does ABS, Live Data, etc.

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    Bought a Bluetooth OBD scanner from ebay for around 30 bucks, and connect to it using OBD Guage software for Windows Mobile on my phone, I can read/reset codes and stream and record OBD Data all on my phone, phone is a Sprint Diamond.

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    I think this is the best bang for the buck if your looking for a decent code reader
    http://www.automotivetools4less.com/...c12179a5f589c9

    If your looking for a little more out of it, they have step ups from that model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Letourneau View Post
    I have auto-tap, Best unit I have ever owned.
    I use Autotap as well. Overall its a very good scantool, especially for $199. They also offer GM/Ford/Chrysler enhanced/extended parameters for $99 extra each. I would like to have the GM version, it adds a ton of useful information.

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