Benz-ene - 2/9/2006 8:55 AM
Has anyone purchased one of these OBDII scanners and what do they think about them? The cost seems to range from $50 to $2000 with $200 being the average.
Take a look at these posts:
I bought one and I have (finally) been able to get it to work to read ECM (i.e. engine/emissions related) codes as well as instrument cluster codes. It also does a nice live data display from the ECM. I have not been able to read any codes from the AAB, ABS, ETS, D2B or other systems. Basically, if you look at the pinout of the MLâ€™s OBDII connector, those other systems are on different pins, and the cable sold with the system only handles the â€œKâ€? lines. This will also be the case with the hand-held readers used by Autozone and such. I have read online where some users have been able to re-jumper the connector on the K-line cable and get to some other system. I havenâ€™t had time to try this yet.
There is a â€œcorrectâ€? cable available for the Carsoft system that runs about $300 and supposedly will give access to all the systems as well as the ability to code them (i.e. enable fog lights, configure D2B components, etc.) on almost all MBZ vehicles. I found one on eBay that actually sold for under $200 but missed the close of the auction to bid. If you read one of the above mentioned threads, you will see member â€œkillcrapâ€? sells a Carsoft cable set for $340 and actually offered a $40 discount on a group buy with 10 members. If heâ€™d do a little better, say $275, I get in on that.
I found a bootleg copy of the genuine Mercedes Star Diagnosis software and bought it (about $40) just to play with. I havenâ€™t had time to install it yes (it requires some specific hard drive partitioning), but I did find that the cable for it is proprietary and goes for over $3,000!!!!
If you find anything else, let us know!