Code Reader.

Discussion in 'Engine' started by Mark Ager, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. Mark Ager

    Mark Ager Active Member

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    Thinking of buying a fault code reader as i keep having to spend £60 each time to get faults read, i have a 2002 c270 is there one anyone can recomend ?
     
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    DSM10000 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    If you use the Search function you will see that this has been asked many times and many recommendations have been put forward.

    I am assuming that you have been paying £60 to get a Star diagnostic ? if so is this by a MB dealer or MB independant? If the latter i seems quite expensive.

    Be aware hat OBD 2 code readers can access very limited data compared to a Star computer and most cannot access data regarding ABS, airbags and other safety systems, also, although OBD 2 was a required standard from around 2000 it only became the required standard for diesels from 2004 so your car many even greater limitations with these devices.
     
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    I got a Launch crp129 from diagnostic-world.com which is quiet good. But they also have others scanners. All of these are obd ii .
     
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    Mark Ager

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    Its not a main dealer but a so called specialist, ok ill have a search
     
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    DSM10000 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Is your specialist using Star? If not then I think you are being charged far too much. If you have an Android mobile 'phone then loom on Amazon, eBay etc for an ELM357 Bluetooth OBD2 device, they are around £6 -10 and download an App called Torque from the Google Play store (about £2).

    This is very flexible, can offer customised readouts and gives a lot of information on many different parameters but be aware that not all manufactures give the same data via OBD 2 and as I said, your diesel may not be ffully compliant
     
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    There's a difference between reading fault codes and using MB Star diagnostics

    £60 is cheap if MB Star is used to trace diagnose and rectify a fault, where most people throw money at a generic fault code readers output.
     
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