Recent Topics
Flat spotting
by stranger706
Today at 02:29 PM
My mpg went down after I removed catalytic convert
by boostedtsiawd
Today at 01:27 PM
15 Forester 0w-20 or 0w-30 ok per Mobil 1 site?
by GravelRoad
Today at 01:00 PM
12-pack Wix 51334 (51334MP) prob won't get them
by spackard
Today at 11:45 AM
Longevity of this type of mower or other OPE
by Blaze
Today at 10:37 AM
Cree TW 60w LED (93 CRI) - Home Depot - $7.02/bulb
by sdude2k2000
Today at 10:28 AM
Woman intentionally runs over & kills motorcyclist
by LoneRanger
Today at 09:57 AM
How does MM work.
by PeterGreen
Today at 09:41 AM
Value of old Machinist apprenticeship volume.
by Vern_in_IL
Today at 08:29 AM
Havoline Conventional 5w20
by oilchangeguy
Today at 08:24 AM
HELLA Twin Trumpet High/Low Tone Horn Kit for $19
by Tony_Mack
Today at 08:11 AM
Tecsun PL 680- Will it come to the U.S.?
by Vern_in_IL
Today at 08:03 AM
Newest Members
John369, GravelRoad, Indy2door, asus389, lessergod
54163 Registered Users
Who's Online
85 registered (aquariuscsm, 901Memphis, Astro14, andyd, 1foxracing, b1amgm47, 10 invisible), 2016 Guests and 90 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
54163 Members
66 Forums
232045 Topics
3720553 Posts

Max Online: 2862 @ 07/07/14 03:10 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#3237780 - 01/04/14 10:25 PM Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts?
gr8gatzby Offline


Registered: 11/22/05
Posts: 593
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Just ordered one. First ODBII reader, plan to use with Torque on Android. Anyone have experience or tips and tricks with these bluetooth scanners? Tired of hopping over to the local AZ every time the 850 CEL illuminates.

http://www.amazon.com/BAFX-Products-Blue..._pr_product_top
_________________________
'95 Ford F150 | 4x4 | 5.8 | 13MPG
'96 Volvo 850 Wagon | I5 | 5SP | 24MPG

Top
#3237788 - 01/04/14 10:34 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
Jeffs2006EvoIX Offline


Registered: 02/28/10
Posts: 1389
Loc: Imperial Valley, California
I have heard nothing but good things with the torx app. Definitely worth a try

Jeff
_________________________
2013 VW GTI

Top
#3237804 - 01/04/14 10:49 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
djb Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 526
Loc: Maryland
A bluetooth reader such as that can cost under $10.
Torque is a great app, with a free version available.

I much prefer the shorter version, which costs about the same. They don't get knocked out by your knee as often.

The all work about the same. Not especially fast, but do everything a typical user needs.

Top
#3237820 - 01/04/14 11:08 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 2139
Loc: MTL, CANADA
Use it and love my cheap obd bluetooth and torque. Worked great everytime i used it. You should be able to find one for 10-15$ though.


Edited by Rolla07 (01/04/14 11:08 PM)
_________________________
2007 Corolla Red Pearl 125k miles
M1 EP 0w20 & TRD filter


Top
#3237872 - 01/05/14 12:31 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
kmcavin Offline


Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 116
Loc: Illinois
I got the exact same reader for Christmas (ok, I ordered it and the kids gave it for me). It works great. I downloaded the $4.99 app and I'm still discovering all the stuff it will do.

I'd read some of the $10-$15 were cheap knock-offs and there were some problems with them.
_________________________
2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium - Castrol Edge 0W-20/Subaru 15208AA15A
2009 Toyota Corolla - QSUD 0W-20/Fram TG10358

Top
#3237883 - 01/05/14 12:54 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: kmcavin]
gr8gatzby Offline


Registered: 11/22/05
Posts: 593
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Originally Posted By: kmcavin
I got the exact same reader for Christmas (ok, I ordered it and the kids gave it for me). It works great. I downloaded the $4.99 app and I'm still discovering all the stuff it will do.

I'd read some of the $10-$15 were cheap knock-offs and there were some problems with them.


The guys at Volvospeed also share your sentiments on the lower price models, i.e. [censored] quality. With the stellar reviews on this particular model, it's worth a few extra bucks for an item I plan to use for years to come.
_________________________
'95 Ford F150 | 4x4 | 5.8 | 13MPG
'96 Volvo 850 Wagon | I5 | 5SP | 24MPG

Top
#3237886 - 01/05/14 12:57 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
LazyPrizm Offline


Registered: 02/28/12
Posts: 334
Loc: Maryland
I got one of the knockoff ELM327s off eBay. Surprisingly it works fine, and yes, Torque is a great app, well worth the $$.

I do feel a little bad though... afterwards I read the history of the ELM327 units, basically the Elm guys didn't properly encode the programming on their initial units, some Chinese group reverse engineered it and now the market is flooded with cheap clones of varying quality and it can be hard to know what you're getting.
_________________________
2002 Chevy Prizm LSi / 168K miles / Ace HW 10W-30 + PF1233

Top
#3237960 - 01/05/14 07:17 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
dave180 Offline


Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 141
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I have one <$25 on Amazon. I was skeptical at first because the ELM 327 supposedly didn't work with some Fords. It came with a CD and I have the Torque Pro app (don't know how I got it, but it was free).

This thing is excellent on Android and even better on my 7 and 10 inch tablets.

Works on all four of the below listed vehicles.
_________________________
2014 Dodge Journey 3.6 (Pentastar)
2000 Ford Windstar SEL 3.8
2000 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8
2003 Nissan Altima 2.5

Top
#3237969 - 01/05/14 07:37 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 2511
Loc: Illinois
I got this one off Amazon a little over a year ago for <$20 shipped. InterfuseTM Mini OBD-II OBD2 ELM327 v1.5 Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Scanner

Works great on both my Hyundais and with the Torque app there is a Hyundai plug in that gives oil temp and much more.

Not bad for under $40 total. Plus you can log the data easily. It is a little slow if you log a lot of data.

Top
#3238025 - 01/05/14 08:52 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
pcoxe Offline


Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 347
Loc: South Carolina
I've had no problems with a GoPoint BT-1 OBD module and my iPhone. BT-1 is a little pricey though.

Top
#3239391 - 01/06/14 12:22 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
mrgrim Offline


Registered: 08/04/13
Posts: 14
Loc: VA
I use the BAFX unit with TorquePro and I like it. I haven't been able to fully test it yet, but there's a plug-in called "Track Recorder" that you can use to record video with on-screen data. If I can find a simple and quality mount, I'd like to start using my tablet more as a dash-cam and log my speed/GPS as well.

Top
#3250580 - 01/16/14 07:04 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
SavageWS6 Offline


Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 38
Loc: Erie, PA
I've been using Bluetooth OBDII scanners for a bit. It's quite a handy tool. Turn the car off, plug it on, fire it up and your phone should find it.

Note: iPhone users must use the BAFX WiFI module. For the $23 adapter which is the real deal unlike the fake unit I got before, I've surprised so many people around me with it.
_________________________
2013 Honda Civic Si

Top
#3250760 - 01/16/14 10:49 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: gr8gatzby]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 9094
Loc: NorthEast
what software do you use with iPhone? And does that cost extra or included with the BAFX WiFi?

Top
#3251056 - 01/17/14 10:38 AM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: Vikas]
LAGA Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 407
Loc: IL
Originally Posted By: Vikas
what software do you use with iPhone? And does that cost extra or included with the BAFX WiFi?

I use OBD Car Doctor. Works well with my three vehicles.
_________________________
Four legs good, two legs better!

Top
#3332882 - 04/03/14 11:19 PM Re: Bluetooth ODBII Readers. Thoughts? [Re: LAGA]
tommygunn Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 3061
Loc: usa
Any good recommendations on the cheap OBDII bluetooth readers? I just need something that works to capture a code every now and then. Are all the generic ones the same on ebay or is there any particular type/seller that someone can recommend.
_________________________
i am a [censored] who hides behind bugmenot.
i also like applying negative pressure to a certain male appendage.

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >