Originally Posted by junkyddog11
We should have you come and do the voodoo touch on some of the trucks we have to deal with. We get more than just a little tired of driving the damn things around trying to get all the systems "ready".
Only one experience under my belt, I was probably the "beginner's luck"!
I'm also sure that the vehicule makes a big difference and newer vehicules will likely take more and more miles to check that all the systems are ok. After all 1996, is just the first year for the OBD-2 systems for Land Rover and I'm sure they only did the minimum to pass the standards.
I bought a cable from those guys many many moons ago: http://www.obd-2.com/
(if memory serves me well: $120 + shipping and probably 7+ years ago). I would say:
- probably top-notch technology
- software does not like to work on newer Windows machines (I checked about 6 months and software was still 16-bit, makes it hard to work around the Windows 32-bit defects to run 16-bit apps..... i.e. you have to reboot before you can use it)
- has worked flawlessly
- software does way too many things for me (I really need to read Rover/extended error codes and clear the codes)
- I was glad it did everything I never needed when the "can't pass emission since the systems are not ready" experience came
- you need to carry a computer with you to use the cable (works at home, not so much if you are traveling)
- Was great in troubleshooting the O2 sensor issue since you can actually run tests/see the measure in realtime, etc.
All in one, I'd buy it again but I'm sure they are cheaper alternatives these days that OBD-2 has been around for so long (read: cheapo handheld device?).
Anyway, good luck with your issue.