Go Back  MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz Coupes & Cabriolets > CLK-Class (W208)
Anyone have an OBD-II reader that hooks up to a laptop >

Anyone have an OBD-II reader that hooks up to a laptop

Notices
CLK-Class (W208) 1998-2002: CLK 200, CLK 230K, CLK 320, CLK 430 [Coupes & Cabriolets]

Anyone have an OBD-II reader that hooks up to a laptop

 
Old 07-11-2008, 01:52 AM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Anaheim Hills, CA
Posts: 112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
CLK430, SC430, RX330
Anyone have an OBD-II reader that hooks up to a laptop

I need an OBD-II reader. I would like to be able to hook it up to number of different cars Mercedes, Lexus, Chevy etc.

I know I can pick up a cheap one for $30-$40, but I want to get a nice one that doesn't just return a bunch of generic codes ie. actual code descriptions/data.

I've heard of adapters/cords that connect the OBD-II port in a car to the USB port of a laptop, then I guess its just a matter of picking from a variety of free software, and downloading the one that you like best.

Primarily, I need it to diagnose check engine/warning lights and reset the codes after repair, but I also think it would be cool to run a laptop in a car to see all of the ECU data.

Any of you guys know where I can get one for a good price. I've checked Ebay, but I'm not exactly sure which will work for me. Has anyone used these instead of the regular OBD-II reader? Any advice or suggestions? Is there only one connector for an OBD-II reader. I know my indy shop had an old-looking reader, with a bag full of connectors (I'm guessing for different cars). I was thinking, with late model cars, that shouldn't be an issue right?

Thanks.
ratha67 is offline  
Old 07-11-2008, 02:02 PM
  #2  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
2PHAST's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Kirkland, WA
Posts: 1,213
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
500E Signal Rot
I bought one from a local auto parts store, it pulls OBDII codes and stores them for downloading to a PC. You can also drive with it hooked up and see real time stats as you drive. It comes with a interface cable and software, no need to buy or source other software. The firmware can also be updated.

The make/model escapes me at the moment,but I will post it later.
2PHAST is offline  
Old 07-11-2008, 03:00 PM
  #3  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Anaheim Hills, CA
Posts: 112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
CLK430, SC430, RX330
I'm going with this one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ELM327-USB-AUTO-...QQcmdZViewItem

Wish me luck. I'm going to need it. I'm opting to buy from the seller selling it the cheapest, but I think the seller is shipping from China.

I gotta hope it gets here, and then hope it works when it gets here.
ratha67 is offline  
Old 01-20-2009, 02:26 PM
  #4  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2004 w203
how did the ELM 327 work for you? I was considering the samething myself.
jromanintratek is offline  
Old 01-20-2009, 11:38 PM
  #5  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Anaheim Hills, CA
Posts: 112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
CLK430, SC430, RX330
Works great...I picked mine up for about $25 off of Ebay brand new from Hong Kong. Probably a cheap counterfeit one, but I haven't had any problems. I've used it on a number of cars and haven't had any issues.
ratha67 is offline  
Old 03-29-2009, 09:55 PM
  #6  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Puerto Rico
Posts: 730
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
2005 SL55 AMG, 1986 Porsche 930S, 1996 Porsche 993tt
Originally Posted by ratha67 View Post
Works great...I picked mine up for about $25 off of Ebay brand new from Hong Kong. Probably a cheap counterfeit one, but I haven't had any problems. I've used it on a number of cars and haven't had any issues.

email me the seller from the ELM 327.
Rick SL55 is offline  
 

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:
You have already rated this thread Rating: Thread Rating: 0 votes,  average.

Quick Reply: Anyone have an OBD-II reader that hooks up to a laptop


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: