10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This has worked on both my household's cars.,
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This review is from: BAFX Products® - Bluetooth OBD2 scan tool - For check engine light & diagnostics - Android ONLY (Automotive)
I bought this hoping to figure out a code on a 98 Chevy Malibu. In California, auto stores aren't allowed to check codes without a license for auto repair and local mechanics charge about $30 to do it. So I figured it would pay for itself. I used the Torque app with my Samsung Admire and was amazed at the info I could get. I don't know what all the lights on the BAFX unit represent though. It came with bareboned instructions to link with my phone so that's all I needed. I just wanted to check and clear what turned out to be an evap code just to see how long it would take to come back after driving around.
I used this on my 96 Chevy Corsica and had some trouble. My ECU was fussy about it and my oil, engine and other lights would flicker randomly and my engine would throttle up and down. I let it rest and detached the unit and tried again. It was still fussy but not as much. I couldn't check some minor things still but I could check and clear the codes which is the reason I bought it anyways. 96 was the first EBD-II year for this car model so maybe it was buggy to begin with. The Malibu was perfect and I'm hoping to hit the road again to see what the MPG is. Learn how to use the Torque app. I didn't bother with the mini cd for Windows.
I'm keeping this thing unless it can't reset the codes and give me the clear when I'm done with the repairs. I shouldn't have any problem though. It looks pretty reliable once you adjust the settings in the Torque app to your car's/scan tool liking. Some cars will just be picky about things not to mention dealing with 15-17 year old cars. I give it 5 stars because of the ease of use.
To save GM owners some grief, cars from 94-95 may use the OBD-II port under the dash but actually be OBD-1. It's known as OBD-1.5 although the makers never called it that. This was a worry of mine as some cars that say 96 like my Corsica for all I know were leftovers from the previous period. If the car ever got a P0XXX code on a mechanic's reader before then you're good since the entire code scheme changed in OBD-II to this kind.