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This list will serve as a reference for those owners who are looking to purchase and own their very own.

Recommended
  • AutoEnginuity, tested on 2003 XK8, 2000 XJ8, 2011 XJ, 2004 STR amd 2007 XKR (enhanced sensor/function availability, for an additional charge (issues with 1996 and older)
  • TOPTQK, tested on 2000 XKR and 2003 S-typeR
  • Innova 2030, tested on 2001 XK8 and 2004 XJ8
  • Innova 3030, tested on 2001 S-Type, 2008 XKR and 1996 XJR6
  • Innova 3100, tested on 2002 XK8 (My 3 year old INNOVA 3100 says 'CAN compatible' on the face, has the color coded LEDs and PC link reports)
  • Innova 3100f, tested on 2006 XK8
  • Innova 3120, tested on 1995 XJ12
  • Innova 3130, tested on 2000 XJ8
  • CodeKey, tested on 1995 XJ6, 1999 XK8
  • Actron CP9035, tested on 2003 X-type
  • Actron CP9175, tested on 2001 S-Type and 1996 XJR6
  • Actron CP9180, tested on 2004 S-type
  • Actron CP9185, tested on 2002 XKR
  • Actron CP9575, tested on 1999 XJR
  • Actron CP9580A, tested on 2004 XJR
  • BAFX BAFX
    in conjunction with Torque for Android, tested on 2006 XKR
  • OBDkey, tested on 2001 S-type and X350 XJR
  • OBDCOM, tested on 1998 XJR, 2000 XK8, 2001 S-Type, 2003 S-type, 2005 S-Type R and 2009 XF
  • CEN-TECH 94169, tested on 2007 XJ8
  • CEN-TECH 98614-2VGA Scanner, tested on 2000 XK8 with real time data logging
  • CanOBD2 3030, tested on 2002 X-type
  • carcode.com software based and cable unit, tested on 2001 XKR and 2003 S-type
  • Craftsman 87702 (Innova 3100g), tested on 2005 XK8 and XJ8
  • ELM327 bluetooth or hardwired version, with Torque app (for Android), tested on 1998 XJR, 2003 XJ8 and 2005 XJ8,
  • Kiwi PLX bluetooth, with Torque app (for Android), tested on 2003 S-Type R
  • Memoscan U480, tested on 1999 XJR and 2006 S-type
  • ProScan under www.myscantool.com, tested successfully on 1996 XJR6, 2003 XJ8, and 2001 S-Type
Not-Recommended
  • CarCode ODBCII reader from CostCo
  • ProScan listed under www.myscantool.com (slight contradiction with a recommendation also)
  • Actron Pocketscan Plus 9550
  • Auto Xray AX1500 CodeScout
  • Actron CP9125, "Pocket Scan"
  • SainSpeed D900, failed on 1999 XJR
  • Innova 3030e, failed on 2006 XJR
  • more coming, I'm sure
If you have a scanner that you know either works, or doesn't, please add to this thread, provide a link if you can, and i'll update the 'master' list here accordingly. If it only does basic Engine and Transmission codes, please let us know. There are so many sensors that the Jag dealer software can read, there are not many aftermarket ones that can.

Take a look at all of the sensors covered by the AutoEnginuity unit.

Please place the vehicle year and model that you know it works well with if you would.

If you're scanner is already on the 'approved' list, but your car isn't, feel free to let us know in this thread.
 

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I use an INNOVA 3100 which has read the generic codes on my '02 XK8 without any issues. Never had the occasion to read the P1xxx codes other than P1000 and P1111. It has freeze frame recording and the ability to upload to a PC based log with supplied software. I caught it on sale for about $80. Here is a link to their web site: http://www.iequus.com/news/news.php?id=13

While I would recommend it, the freeze frame data is not absolutely necessary for the hobby mechanic. Coincidentally, there is an used one on eBay at the moment with a bid of $25 with one day left.

I would appreciate a comment on the OBDII to USB converters with supplied software that are available for about $25. Anyone tried them? I might, just to see. Enquiring minds want to know.

What is the difference between them and the AutoEnginuity generic system for $250?
 

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Nothing is perfect however, the one I got from Costco called CodeKey and it has given me every code that my software obd reader did on my 95 xj6, 99xk8 and my 96 Toyota rav4. With your comment I will continue to double check the results. I did find it to be a handy tool to have. Sorry, but until it gives me a bad indication I will not be giving it up. I have usb computer interface that I check it with and it has not let me down yet.
 
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I just bought a Equus 3100. Where is the port that I hook it to in order to run the scan?
 
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It is in the bottom of the dash at the driver door directly above the hood release lever. Run your hand down the edge of the dash and you will find it.
 
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Main list updated.

If you guys have any links to the aforementioned (good or bad) scanners, please include that.

If every your opinion of the unit changes, also please update the thread.

Willsmith, let us know how that one works out for you! It can either land on the top list...or the bottom, you'll determine that.
 
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the TOPTQK is the one i use....works on mine every time....i actually have made back the 60 dollars it costs by reading other vehicles codes for people. 10 dollars a pop adds up real quick. My uncle actually saved 500 dollars at the dealer because i wrote the info down for him before he went. Sooooo there you go.
 
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where do you think I grabbed that particular model Jason? 2003 StypeR? I saw your previous post and decided to start this thread as a result. Seems to be a common questions.
 
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where do you think I grabbed that particular model Jason? 2003 StypeR? I saw your previous post and decided to start this thread as a result. Seems to be a common questions.
im an idiot..........i will accept my beatings of the "internet whip" with pride.....
 
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I use an INNOVA 3100 which has read the generic codes on my '02 XK8 without any issues. Never had the occasion to read the P1xxx codes other than P1000 and P1111. It has freeze frame recording and the ability to upload to a PC based log with supplied software. I caught it on sale for about $80.

While I would recommend it, the freeze frame data is not absolutely necessary for the hobby mechanic. Coincidentally, there is an used one on eBay at the moment with a bid of $25 with one day left.

I would appreciate a comment on the OBDII to USB converters with supplied software that are available for about $25. Anyone tried them? I might, just to see. Enquiring minds want to know.

What is the difference between them and the AutoEnginuity generic system for $250?
Are all Innova 3100's the same? One on eBay right now that I'd like to bid on, but this statement I found on the net makes me wonder whether they upgraded over time without changing the model number:

"Since its inception, the popular INNOVA 3100 has seen an array of new features added to it that end-users have requested, such as: C.A.N. (Controlled Area Network) compatibility, color-coded Emission Status LEDs, PC-Link reports"

This makes me wonder whether, for instance, earlier versions of the 3100 may not have had CAN compatibility... any comments?
 
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Nice addition to the took kit. Will have to see which I can find in Canada.
 
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My 3 year old INNOVA 3100 says 'CAN compatible' on the face, has the color coded LEDs and PC link reports. Have no idea when they were added to the product.
 
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I hesitated listing this response to the OBD protocol but I feel it is necessary. The necessity is to enlighten anyone who is inclined to purchase this OBD II device. The device is called ProScan listed under www.myscantool.com. Now I need to tell you that I purchased this item based on a referral and did not do any research and did not feel I needed to do so based on the referral and who I got it from. Shame on me!

When I received the unit I had problems connecting to the vehicle and it did not work properly all the time and so I went to the "contact us" on ProScan web page and sent a message and expected to receive a response. No response! Sent another, no response! Elected to use the eSupport and received a less than adequate response. At that time I became more frustrated and elected to send it back. Knowing the problems I had making contact I used the return receipt option from the post office. I received the receipt with the confirmation that they got it. Well several months later, no repaired unit. I sent several eSupport and messages to them and no response. At that time I was on fire! I did what I do best and acquired Mr. Gores contact information and phone number and told him personally how dissatisfied I was and explained my situation. He told me they never received the unit, I provided him with a copy of my receipt. He then told me that they found it and that one was in the mail to me.

Since then I had downloaded several updates and each time I run into different issues. Today it works on my 1999 xk8, 1995 xj6 and not on my sons 2000 s-type or my 1996 rav4. However, it did work on my rav4 and not on my 95 xj6 when I first got it. Go figure!

I know that I did a little rambling but I wanted to provide meaningful input to support my comment that I could not recommend this device for these major reasons and that is the lack of customer service and technical support.
 
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I bought the KiWi WiFi for use with my iPhone. Seems OK but needs software from the App Store. I have the FuzzyLuke FuzzyCar App. Wasn't able to find info on a sporadic Failsafe Engine Mode. I haven't gotten the Failsafe lately so it may have worked itself out.

Available software appears targeted at the teenage pimped rod group rather than keeping your automobile in good order. Hope this improves before they grow up.
 
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I have an Innova 3120, while it reads the codes in my 95 xj12 as generic (but still yet accurate), it doesnt seem to be clearing the check engine light?? I dont know whether its me or what though? It showed a p1441...and I changed out the purge valve, the code still shows?
 
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I use this one - http://www.obdkey.com/

Tested on both my 2001 S-type 4.0V8 and my X350 4.2 XJR
 
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I just bought an Actron CP9180 to chase a code on one of my other cars. I also tried it on my 04 S-Type just to confirm it works on that car as well. Seems to work and interface well with the S-Type.

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I have an Innova 3120, while it reads the codes in my 95 xj12 as generic (but still yet accurate), it doesnt seem to be clearing the check engine light?? I dont know whether its me or what though? It showed a p1441...and I changed out the purge valve, the code still shows?
update.....code gone.....CAR had to erase it.
 
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I have the TOPTQK 280 that I use on my 2000 XKR.Reads the codes just like it should.
 
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I recently purchased the ODBCOM scanner. It appears to do everything it promises. This one hooks up to a laptop or PC via USB as opposed to being a handheld. Scans & clears stored and pending codes, reports on internal test results, displays real time data in a number of areas, (O2 sensors, fuel trim, mas air flow, coolant temperature, mpg, etc) logs data, displays gauges and graphs. For $86.00, I call it a great deal. I have used it on a 98 XJR, 2002 Ford Escape and an Audi A6. Worked flawlessly on all three. Perhaps best of all, support is excellent. I asked some questions before purchasing and checked in after receiving it. Mike at OBDCOM returned e-mails quickly and was very helpful. A major contrast to the comments that Gus left regarding his device. I have read similar poor service reviews on others. Not this one. Thumbs up in my books. Check it out at: www.obdcom.com
 
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