Best and reasonably priced Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tool & Code Reader

MKz2017PremII

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Looking for suggestions/advice on purchasing the best and most reasonably priced Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tool & Code Reader (e.g., FIXD, etc). I'm far from a gear head, but would like to diagnose issues before I go to a mechanic to compare notes, hopefully to save $$$...best line of defense method. Thanks.
 

nlacomb

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If all your looking for is some data and engine codes just get a 20 dollar Bluetooth scanner, there are a ton of free apps for them. I’ve used mine more times than I can count.
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I've got the Vgate iCar 2 bluetooth OBDII scanner and it works reliably. I use it with Torque Pro (Android), but it works with other apps such as OBD2 Auto Doctor.
 

ken4

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I would like to find something that would plug into my extra lap top. Something that would have the ability of the one that the GM garages use. I do not have a cell phone.
 

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A laptop can't be used to scan for codes and a scan tool like the GM garages use is around $900. I have a $50 Sears scan tool and it works great, plus it also has the ability to check the ABS brake system for problems.
 

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You might want to look at something like VXDIAG about the $100 range, but you will need to read all the information as it will require a subscription to GM, your computer and vehicle will need to be compatible.
Amazon.com: VXDIAG VCX Nano GDS2 and Tech2Win Diagnostic Programming System Compatible for GM/Opel: Automotive

Other options for a PC are the bluetooth versions but you need to confirm they are compatible with your computer and OS.
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Jarbro16

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You might want to look at something like VXDIAG about the $100 range, but you will need to read all the information as it will require a subscription to GM, your computer and vehicle will need to be compatible.
Amazon.com: VXDIAG VCX Nano GDS2 and Tech2Win Diagnostic Programming System Compatible for GM/Opel: Automotive

Other options for a PC are the bluetooth versions but you need to confirm they are compatible with your computer and OS.
Could I use this to flash a tune like ZZP or Trifecta, or do I NEED the HP Tuner?
 

G-662681

A laptop can't be used to scan for codes and a scan tool like the GM garages use is around $900. I have a $50 Sears scan tool and it works great, plus it also has the ability to check the ABS brake system for problems.
You can with ford why can't you with buick
 

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Can what?
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Can what?

Most likely referring to Forscan for Ford vehicles .

With a windows laptop , Forscan(free software) and a $20 usb to obd dongle you can do lots of things including but not limited to programming keys and bi-directional actuation / system tests , etc
 
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2007LucerneCXL

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Mystery poster who didn't respond back, besides its a Ford lol.
 
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