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Is your car a USA markat car ?

If so, by law, any 1996+ car has to have an OBD2 port to scan engine and emissions data. For Euro versions, there is no OBD2 or EOBD port till 2001 or 2002 as far as I know, so diagnosis is strictly from the 38 pin socket for those.

If your Innova worked on this car using the OBD2 port, any scanner that supports OBD2 will work on it for generic fault codes from the powertrain.

Regarding the scanners, there is Autel AP200M Bluetooth dongle, which claims that it can scan E class 03/97 + cars. I have one for my 1998 E320, and it can access powertrain data through the OBD2 port, and other modules through the 38 pin Autel adapter. I paid only 44 bucks, but I am not sure if Autel download supports Canada (you need to download the base and BENZ apps to your smartphone).


You can get it shipped from USA, but then again I do not know Autel download support for this product Maybe you can check it from .ca sites.
 

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Yeah, the car is a US/CDN car.
I agree, this iCarsoft scanner should work .
But as I said the car is not even listed in the drop down list for MB cars in the scanner.
I think it is too old for them to be bothered with it.
It is the first year of the model. It has the M104 engine, straight six.
Great mechanicals but the rusty body has been a challenge.
I expect to get a couple more years out of it, although the head gasket leaks, AGAIN!
Fortunately it is leaking "out" the right rear corner and not "in" so it isn't an issue and I've decided to leave it for the time being. Runs great.
Just turned 500,000 KIL
 

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You could try scanning the car as 1998 ML series, as they do not have 38 pin connector. The ML has M112 M113 engines, but both understand the OBD2 signaling over OBD2 pin 7. Or get a $20 Bluetooth OBD2 scanner.

What seems to be the problem anyway with the powertrain (apart from leaky gasket)?
 

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Brian,
Recent discussions - this may help you.
 

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I may end up doing just that khomer2. What scanner are you using on your. 97
As far as what's wrong with mine...nothing but my Innova died from a leaking battery so I needed to replace it.
Got the moderately expensive CR Pro and hooked it up expecting great and wonderful things.
Instead I got "Link Error".
Then I got the "engineer" from iCarsoft (guy in Beijing with a made up western name) telling me it doesn't work 'cause my car isn't OBD2!!......BUT...if I just spend another $50 I can get their special 38 pin adapter and then it'll work.

I'm not very confident in Mr. Barnett Davies
 

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Brain, I use the autel with the correct 38pin adapter

I recall reading on the forum here (w210 or w163), a month or 2 ago, one of the good members here ( mrboca, witek, Deplore, 43sqd, illstplaya...) that even with this unit, it reads and erases most but not all of the codes. Also, when scanning do use the vin# input to access your modules. Use the general make model chassis info when scanning.
I'll see if I can dig up that post again, or perhaps one of the other members can dig it up faster.
 

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Thanks again....I'm trying to get the iCarsoft people to send me the 38 pin adapter.....no charge.
I don't think the CR Pro has the ability to enter the VIN#
Thanks for the link
 

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My Autel AP200M was able to pull the VIN from the ECU for my 1998 E320 (connected to the OBD2 port).
 
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