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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2015, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

I found a few threads on this but they were all closed and I have a specific question. First off, I have read over this forum a great many times and it has helped me with a ton of DIY projects on my 2007 Cobalt LT. Lately, I have been having some very frequent hard shift issues with the car (no error codes I could read with a free scanner from Advanced Auto Parts) and until I get some time to go to the dealership to have it looked at, I am driving the wife's car as not to possibly damage mine more as it is in top notch shape. (which her car has its own set of issues and I am checking codes on it all the time... NOT a Cobalt).

As I have been going to AAP quite frequently to use their scanner, I was wondering if purchasing the http://www.amazon.com/Actron-CP9580A-Enhanced-AutoScanner-Plus/dp/B008ZDYLC2/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1434856428&sr=8-16&keywords=car+scan+tool was a worthwhile purchase for my current car and/or future cars? It seemed to be the best bang for the buck for an independent unit and from what I saw it can store live data from a drive and I can view it on my PC (maybe I am wrong on this?). This to me seems like it would be a worthwhile feature to have for checking a multitude of issues that could creep up on any car. My only concern is their site does not list newer model cars as being supported, but at the same time I have read the standard for the codes has not really changed lately so maybe this is not even an issue? Perhaps there are better scanners out there in the same price range? I am fairly lost on what might be best for my needs.

Does anyone here have any advice or better options I should look into? I am not a car expert, but have learned a lot over the years and saved a lot of money by tracking down my own issues and fixing them on my own. Any advise anyone has would be much appreciated!

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If you have an android phone there is a $25 Bluetooth adapter you can buy for the obd2 port that will talk to your phone. That's what most guys I see run.

I run a $4000 snap-on solus scanner but my dad owns a shop or else I wouldn't have one.


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Do these Bluetooth OBD-II devices have the ability to read/clear any sort of Transmission & ABS error codes as well? That seemed to be a limitation on the cheaper models I was looking at. In addition, I would really like to have data-collection ability from a drive for possible insight into issues. I would like to keep the price below $200 as I don't have the car know-how to really make an expensive device pay for itself over time. Anything in particular toward the Bluetooth end I should take a look at that might give me what I am looking for? For some things I saw, those Bluetooth devices seemed to nail you on the application end in additional charges to unlock features of the program you may want to use. It appears there are a TON of scanners (both traditional and Bluetooth) on the market and I am sure some guys here have muddled through this at some point like I am now! Looking for something tried and true!
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Ideally a Tech-II is the best you can get for these cars, but I don't think they're all that easy to come across.

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They also aren't normally cheap.


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They aren't, but you do get what you pay for.

We had both a Tech-II and a Solus Pro at school and for the GMs, the Tech had twice the functionality. You can even disable the governor on a GM car with a little bit of crafty/sneaky scanner use.

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I have both and for most work the Torque Pro APP is suffucient. ABS brakes and SRS bags however are better diagnosed with the TechII.

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I am running the torque app, plus I have a professional scanner. Not sure on the model now though.

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Anyone here ever use or know if the http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QIUGVI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?tag=shopperz_origin2-20&SubscriptionId=AKIAJO7E5OLQ67NVPFZA&ascsubtag=164689435420-2-1276087587.1434931631 is any good?
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