unfortunately I think the 'cheapies' have become more phony than cheap now. My 'cheapie' has done well for many years, however, it does poll at a slow rate.
One good one that I have purchased since is OBDLink. I got the MX version (which gives extra access for Mazda/Ford vehicles), however you could probably use the LX version if you don't have a Mazda/Ford vehicle. This does poll at a higher rate, although the linking can be annoying.
and seems to like it, for what it is.
Note that it's still not a patch on a professional level tool which can dig deep into the different units on your vehicle. But it doesn't cost as much as those either!
No I am not in Aus, I was just asking what others had bought for the cable. My 2003 was a North American Build spec@Miker104, since you're posting in an Australian forum I'll assume you're in Australia (and N KY doesn't mean North Kentucky, USA). The reason the OBD-II dongle doesn't work with your 2003 Forester is likely because OBD-II (or more pedantically, the Australian implementation of it which is pin & signal compatible anyway) wasn't mandated until 1-Jan-2005 for light passenger vehicles, and then only new models.
Some vehicles did work anyway, the manufacturers probably didn't see the point of not fitting it and may have used it for their own diagnostics anyway. For example, my 2004 Mazda 3 SP23 works even though it wasn't legally required yet.
I use UltraGauge - it's pretty cool. The LCD screen is configurable to monitor & display just about anything available on the OBD2. That's in addition to reading (and clearing) current and pending TCs. When I drove a Baja Turbo, I set it up as a set of additional gauges and monitored stuff like boost on each bank; oil & air intake temps; some other stuff.Howdy
Can anyone recommend an OBD2 connection? Lots of cheapies out there but not sure whats good or not.
Also what software are people running, again any recommendations would be great
UltraGauge OBDII Scan tool & Information CenterI use UltraGauge - it's pretty cool. The LCD screen is configurable to monitor & display just about anything available on the OBD2. That's in addition to reading (and clearing) current and pending TCs. When I drove a Baja Turbo, I set it up as a set of additional gauges and monitored stuff like boost on each bank; oil & air intake temps; some other stuff.
It was also useful diagnosing the catalytic converter failure in my son's 05 Legacy - useful in the sense that I could read the O2 sensor voltages.
Google: ultra-gauge (as a new member I can't post links)
After watching thisOne good one that I have purchased since is OBDLink. I got the MX version
Same as the one I bought, I also have Mazda and Nissan vehicles. Connects easily and the OBDLink App is pretty good too.After watching this
Why Every Garage Needs An OBD2 Scan Tool - YouTube
I looked at the OBDLink MX+. When I got to their website, I saw that the description for the MX+ states if you don't need Ford/GM, you can get the cheaper LX version. I was pretty happy about that but when I looked at the LX version I found that it doesn't support iOS devices! Duh. With an iOS device you are limited to the MX+ or the WiFi version.
I decided to order the MX+ version even though it is more expensive probably due to the extra Ford/GM functionality that I don't need. It hasn't arrived yet. I also understand that this tool is more of something that provides gauges and readouts and I may need to buy an Autel or something when it is time to bleed brakes etc.
Thant's roughly about right. It calculates a sharp ramp up for the regen, then a slow decline in between regens such that there is an overall rise over time. See Subdiesel's oil dilution graph webpage.I monitored my first active DPF regen yesterday. What was concerning was the oil dilution jumping 1% for that one event.
(Bit off Subarus, but anyway)Same as the one I bought, I also have Mazda and Nissan vehicles. Connects easily and the OBDLink App is pretty good too.