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#4597251 - 12/07/17 03:24 PM Coming out of the stone age: ditching the "Brick"
Alex_V Offline

Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1117
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
A friend gave me a Snap-On "brick" graphing scanner earlier this year, which has been plenty useful. But I'm working on more and more vehicles that are newer than it can handle and need to do more advanced tasks than the ol' Brick can do. The budget isn't available right now for a new scanner with decent capabilities. What's a good diagnostic tool to look for, used, for vehicles up to MY 2010 that will do some programming, more in-depth data monitoring, etc.? Or is it going to be better do get a laptop, a Mongoose cable, and diag. software as my next step up?
I like Chevy and Valvoline.

'13 Cruze, 1.4T, 110K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 165K
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K

#4597258 - 12/07/17 03:36 PM Re: Coming out of the stone age: ditching the "Brick" [Re: Alex_V]
skyactiv Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4167
Loc: The Midwest
An Android smartphone or android tablet with bluetooth, one of these and the needed app(s)


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual

#4597332 - 12/07/17 05:24 PM Re: Coming out of the stone age: ditching the "Brick" [Re: Alex_V]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20241
Loc: Upstate NY
AutoEnguity sells laptop software and OBDII connectors.

You can upgrade their software for additional vehicle specific information. On a company basis. Like Ford or GM.

At that point it's bi-directional which is what the super expensive scanners are.
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)

#4597422 - 12/07/17 06:56 PM Re: Coming out of the stone age: ditching the "Brick" [Re: Alex_V]
Audios Offline

Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 807
Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
Autel makes a few good ones, I think Harbor Freight is closing out their MaxiDas for like 850. I don't know the software level,or what cars are included, but i bought one in 2012 for much more than that, and still use it almost everyday. I works on newer cars also, I scanned a 2017 535 today with no troubles.
2002 VW Golf TDI-Mobil 1 5/40 TDT
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1997 John Deere Gator 4x2
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