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    I am in need of an affordable scan tool that will do both OBD1 and 2 vehicles

    Actron makes a unit (number 9150) that will do both.
    has anyone here had anything to do with or know of these units and are they worth looking at

    Thanks

    Robyn
    (1) 1995 Suburban 2500 4x4
    (1) 1997 Astro
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    'Bout one and quarter for a new GMTDScan and same for Carcode is way economical for fully-operational bi-di OBD1 and OBD2 scanners, vs same for a reader-only from actron\equiv.

    Comparison-shopping for one that will do both will get you a new $5600 Tech2, which is just a tad more, crowding the ole bottom line.............
    jd
    '96 Dodge 3500HD cc 2wd drw............'89 GMC 3500 cc 4wd drw
    5.9 12v #10TST 6sp SBC13-1.375.......6.5TD EFI maxEtorq v2.0 DSG
    DODGE makes it CUMMINS shakes it.....4L80E 205 4.10 Dana60\70HD
    6 in a row makes it go.......................Grandpa's big truck

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    The buck and a quarter setup?? Is this a software only that runs on a lap top type???

    I have a lovely lap top that I dont use much and if a CD and some cables would get it up and going it would be cool.

    Robyn
    (1) 1995 Suburban 2500 4x4
    (1) 1997 Astro
    (1) 2005 Suburban (Papa Smurf)
    THIS IS BOW TIE COUNTRY

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    Yes - GMTDScan, Carcode, Autoenginuity, and several others are pcware, and will co-exist nicely on a suitable laptop - usually, choice of 9-pin serial or USB connection for the ALDL interface adaptor cable

    Pcware is downloadable free from the website and installs easy - cash gets ya the license password to enable the functions.

    OBD1, you can download GMTDScan Basic fer free, install it fer free, run it fer free - has no bi-di control functions, but you can monitor the various sensors in an instrument cluster arrangement - the ALDL cable can be built from free plans on the 'net, but Swedeburb sells a nice professional version for those that are skittish around a thermal solder dissolver.

    Try it - you'll like it.............
    Last edited by gmctd; 07-06-2007 at 19:33.
    jd
    '96 Dodge 3500HD cc 2wd drw............'89 GMC 3500 cc 4wd drw
    5.9 12v #10TST 6sp SBC13-1.375.......6.5TD EFI maxEtorq v2.0 DSG
    DODGE makes it CUMMINS shakes it.....4L80E 205 4.10 Dana60\70HD
    6 in a row makes it go.......................Grandpa's big truck

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    That 'ol GMCTD, what a salesman!

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    I just bought a Equus OBD I and II/CAN scanner at amazon.com for $120. My friend/mechanic got the same one for over twice that much about 6 months ago elsewhere. For what I need, it is great. Reads, deletes, saves, and gives definitions for codes and can monitor the ECU and sensors in real time. For the money I couldn't find a better deal. If you want use your PC, it is also compatible and has CD and computer cable.
    1998 K1500 Silverado Ext Cab SB 6.5TD L56 4L80E 342 locking rear - 60k miles
    Modifications: Ported and ceramic coated exhaust manifolds, worked GM-8 turbo, L65 upper and lower intake, marine injectors, boost, EGT, and Trans Temp gauges, SSDiesel air intake, Hearthrob/SSDiesel stainless 3in down pipe, 4in exhaust, and 2.25 crossover.
    Planned: Remapped ECU, intercooler, turbomaster, fluidamper, fan/clutch upgrade, upgraded oil cooler and lines, and lift.

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    Any updates on suggestions? Now that I have a ’94, I need to be able to deal with the computer to see what it is telling me.
    '94 GMC 6.5TD K1500 4L80E 2-Door Yukon SLE 221K
    '93 Chevrolet 6.5TD K2500HD NV4500 Std. Cab Longbed 187K
    '85 Toyota 22R RN60 4x4 Std. Cab Shortbed 178K (Currently retired for rebuild)
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    Quote Originally Posted by trbankii View Post
    Any updates on suggestions? Now that I have a ’94, I need to be able to deal with the computer to see what it is telling me.
    I'd like to know the same…I also have a '94 - it's a K2500 Suburban, non 4x4, auto tranny. What's a good scanner these days for the diesel? I'm told you can get a wrong one that doesn't work with diesel.
    Dave
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    '94 Suburban 6.5L C2500, AT, 191K miles, no radio.
    Was a Bio-diesel conversion, reverted by 2nd owner (Me=3rd). Came with: Facet Posi-Flo LP, K&N Air, Detroit Diesel (DD) 8.2L fuel filter base w/Napa 3122 (no water separation).
    My mods: New PMD w/6' Ext & Relocation (Accurate Diesel). New DD Fuel Filtration: Baldwin FB1301 base, BF781 Filter as primary.

    '91 Chevy ½ ton, 5.7L 4x4 gasser, ext cab & short bed. No mods…just replacement parts & great tires!

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