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Old 07-31-2014, 06:06 AM   #101
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To update this thread with a few additional items.

A newer entry into the ODBII interface world is Automatic https://www.automatic.com/

Appears to be a Bluetooth OBDII adapter that is more geared toward Fuel Economy but does have Trouble Code capability and has a number of other features that may be of interest to drivers based on the App. Interesting this Bluetooth interface appears to interface with Iphone 4S and newer? I also assume this interface may be able to be used along with other OBDII Apps but I have not confirmed this.

Another Android based App that is probably the cheapest at $3.95 is TouchScan https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ouchScan&hl=en. This app is offered from OCTech and is a cousin of the PC program OBDWiz. I do not have any first hand experience with TouchScan yet, but it appear the in App graphing is better than Torque Pro.

If I get a chance I am be able to get my hands on TouchScan and provide more feedback, but for $3.95 I think it is a very good competitor to Torque Pro.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:03 AM   #102
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I just saw on the ScanTool.net website there is a new OBD2 interface called OBDLink MX WiFi that works with Windows, Android, and iOS. It's currently discounted for pre-order and is supposed to start shipping this month.
http://www.scantool.net/scan-tools/s...link-mxwf.html

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Old 08-01-2014, 08:38 PM   #103
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Hello, a friend give me a elm327 (USB no wifi) interface, but I don't know which software uses.... Anyone can help me?
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:23 PM   #104
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Recently purchased the Creader VIII at amazon I went through the registration and update process, and then ran into the problems discussed on this thread.

I found that the Creader sold by Autointhebox through Amazon is manufactured by Launch, in Senzhen China. The CRP129, which is said to be the same (see the Amazon page) except it's red, is sold through Launch Tech USA, a subsidiary of Launch. The CRP129 also costs about $100 more. Launch Tech USA will not support the Creader VIII.

I discovered the serial numbers for the Launch Tech USA CRP129 start with 96489 and the Launch Creader VIII start with 96649.

The Creader VIII read all codes and worked well on an 03 Mini, but I have not been able to get it to work through the 20 pin DLC on the e46s, e36s or e39.

Still working with it though but thought you all might be as confused as I have been over the differences.

Thanks to jfoj for all of the time you have put into this thread and others on the obdii._nr_
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:20 PM   #105
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Recently purchased the Creader VIII at amazon I went through the registration and update process, and then ran into the problems discussed on this thread.

I found that the Creader sold by Autointhebox through Amazon is manufactured by Launch, in Senzhen China. The CRP129, which is said to be the same (see the Amazon page) except it's red, is sold through Launch Tech USA, a subsidiary of Launch. The CRP129 also costs about $100 more. Launch Tech USA will not support the Creader VIII.

I discovered the serial numbers for the Launch Tech USA CRP129 start with 96489 and the Launch Creader VIII start with 96649.

The Creader VIII read all codes and worked well on an 03 Mini, but I have not been able to get it to work through the 20 pin DLC on the e46s, e36s or e39.

Still working with it though but thought you all might be as confused as I have been over the differences.

Thanks to jfoj for all of the time you have put into this thread and others on the obdii._nr_
Yes, I have heard that there are some issues with how Launch will not support tools that are not destine for the US market. Not exactly sure how and why Launch does this, but probably to stop the importation of cheaper tools and bypassing the US distribution chain??

Here is my recommendation, you might be able to call Launch Tech in the US, their support is pretty good. See what they say and are willing to do if anything. If they will not support the tool, suggest you get with Amazon, they usually have a very good return policy and if they have a vendor selling tools in the US that cannot be supported, then Amazon should address this with the specific vendor and hopefully provide you a full refund.

As for not being able to use the 20 pin DLC port under the hood, some of the 20 pin to 16 pin adapters are not pinned out correctly. I do not think this is a problem with the Launch tool if it works fine cars 2001 and later that do not have the 20 pin DLC port under the hood.

There is a different pin on the 20/16 pin connectors for other modules other than the DME and this signal needs to be specifically ported/connected in the 20 pin adapter cable otherwise you will only get DME data.

Overall I like the Launch Tech tools for the bang for the buck and features, but I still use my smart phone Apps and ELM327 interfaces for a lot of the daily needs as well.
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Temp Info - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=964491

Hidden OBC Menu - Check Voltage, Temps, Fuel Level - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619

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