On Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:16:05 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
When they first put computers in cars I thought I needed the computer
interface to work on it but after 30 years of owning these things,
they simply do not fail often enough to justify it and most auto parts
stores with scan out your codes for free,
The reality is, cars, compared to the ones I grew up with, are
basically maintenance free. You change the oil a couple times a year,
replace the tires and throw a battery at them every 5 years or so.
They just run and run.
You still have brakes and accessories but you don't need a computer
for that (once they stopped using that lousy Bosch ABS system GM used
in the 80s).
Also doesn't show live data. Otherwise tempting.
Looking at this ($49):
Firmware not upgradeable, but... would that happen? It's a few years old
Tony, which one do you have? What software?
Autoenginuity seems to be the best value PC based scanner that displays
live data and has some test / actuation capabilities as well. I have it
with the extended Ford coverage to get more data from my diesel truck
and it works acceptably for me.
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