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02-13-2019 01:30 PM
AngelArs
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Originally Posted by Codegk View Post
I have been using Torque on android but have wanted to give Forscan a try.
I'm using Torque now and like it. Did you ever give Forscan a try? I looked at it but wasn't impressed. which do you like better?
08-11-2017 08:10 PM
Codegk
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Originally Posted by 00tec-satx View Post
I use this, with Forscan on Android and PC. Works fine, and if I lose it, no hard feelings. Used it about an hour ago to adjust my tire size (went from 19" to 20" wheels) to correct the speedo.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00WP...HGL&ref=plSrch
I have been using Torque on android but have wanted to give Forscan a try.

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08-10-2017 08:47 PM
00tec-satx I use this, with Forscan on Android and PC. Works fine, and if I lose it, no hard feelings. Used it about an hour ago to adjust my tire size (went from 19" to 20" wheels) to correct the speedo.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00WP...HGL&ref=plSrch
08-10-2017 04:17 PM
Dougboffl So Bezos-azon (Amazon) has OBD2 devices from $7 (shipped believe it or not) up to (and likely over) $1,300. I'm not a tuner guy but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (not last night, it was back in 2007). I'm just a regular guy with a 2016 Taurus 3.5L Flexfuel I purchased (July 2017) with 8,800 miles and no scars (was a trade in at a BMW dealer). I am only interested in a code reader because I'm getting ~21 combined MPG (published is 18/27) and I want to know what, if anything, is negatively impacting my MPG. I don't really know the car's history other than clear CarFax and no signs of damage outside or underneath - and I broke a wheel stud but that is another story. I use hi-grade 93 fuel. I did a stealership's "The Works" $40 rotate & oil package, only cause Ford had a $10 rebate - so for $30 I'll stay clean and cool and let them have a look-see if anything is an obvious error (none reported). I reset the in-car MPG monitoring immediately thereafter so the 21 is likely as good as it will get. I have dreams of getting 25 MPG, somewhere over the rainbow perhaps, cause it is August in Florida.

I am likely to unplug the thing when not trouble shooting something and I like the idea of using apps (Android) on my smart-ish phone or tablet.

So what do I get for ordering a BluDriver @$100 vs. one of the numerous @ $12-$20 4.5-star rated devices?
04-24-2017 09:40 AM
Brian in Tucson Amazon sells a BAFX 34T5 bluetooth for androids that works very well, I use it with my Samsung Galaxy S5. Nice thing is that it's easy to set up and comes with printed directions. I'm using Torque Pro and some Torque addons. Torque pro is $4.99, addons are free, and the BAFX is $21.95.

I don't know if they make one for Iphones.
04-03-2016 02:16 PM
blueice Sam, thank you for this excellent and important thread.

We purchased the Scantool MXII Bluetooth for $72.oo. It took
about 20 minutes to get the torque app and the unit to finally
work together.

Regarding the Red Chinese clones ELM327 2.1 and even others,
many of them do not work and can cause other issues
for your vehicle.

Attention! "Bad" Bluetooth adapters! - Bluetooth / WiFi OBD-II adapters - OBD Car Doctor Forum: ELM327 WiFi adapter, ELM327

More information is also directly available from the supplier ELM
Electronics. Press the OBD tab and it will also bring up a software
tab as well.

http://elmelectronics.com/help.html

We spent more because we wanted a reliable vendor and a
product that worked out of the box. Heck, I remember just some
twenty years ago, when your local car tech would bring out a rolling
cabinet with an electronic box on it and charge you $70 bucks.

This item is well worth having in one's tool box or garage.

I can not wait for their next product which will also work on my
spouse. Don't leave home without!
01-10-2016 04:50 PM
okinhim Looks like forscan isn't free anymore. $4.61 isn't bad though if it works. I got the Scanner so will put it in and check the forscan demo before making the purchase. The forscan software won't connect saying no elm device found, the torque app connected fine.
01-08-2016 11:45 AM
SuzQZ Oh my gosh!! I posted another thread just yesterday with a potentially big issue regarding my Taurus and the Scan Tool was brought up....didn't have a clue about them. So i looked thru the list of threads and found your's! Thank you so much for posting this information....now at least I have an inkling of what I might be able to do! Thank you!!!
01-08-2016 07:51 AM
sousa632 Forscan with an ELM327 is still the preferred for cost(software is free) and function......... unless you care to spend $$$$$$
01-07-2016 04:16 PM
okinhim Any updates on the scanners themselves. The op is from 2013 and would love to see recent recommendations.

I have a 2003 with 3.0l duratec if it makes a difference.
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