Car model and year: 2013 Malibu ECO’s
Looking for a good ODB2 scanner
Not looking to break the bank, but I would like one that can do a little more than just read codes, for example, the ability to test the battery fan in the trunk and other modules if possible.
Option 1. Expensive one
Any scanner that can turn off/on things is a very high end scan tool. That’s in the $500 and up class at bare minimum.
Plus at that level you can read all 4 code families which is a requirement to properly do you own repairs at a competent level.
Option 2. Cheap but can’t turn things on and off
I just got a Innova 3030H to read codes and trouble shoot an issue with my 2016 limited.
It worked fine but can’t turn things on and off like the fancy ones. Color display, service severity information and can be updated with new features from the web using common USB connector.
Option 3. Foxwell NT510 is cheap and working
I ended up ordering a Foxwell nt510.(don’t have it yet). I purchase this one because it not only can read your codes, but has the ability to diagnose as well as to test, turn on/turn off modules within the vehicle as well as program/re-program modules, like the Generator Control Module and others. The only caveat is that packages are manufacturer specif. You get one free package with the purchase of the unit. In this case I chose the GM package which includes all GM vehicles under the GM brand, including Chevrolet. If you have other vehicles, you simply buy the package for that vehicle. I think they run just south of $60 for each package. Link is below.
I’ll report back on the quality of the unit and its features once I have a chance to use the unit.
BTW, the price was $139.00 – very reasonable as far as I can tell.
Foxwell advertises that this model can do all of that with the GM package – we shall see. I’ll report back.
So I received the new scanner and installed the GM package. There is definitely going to be a big learning curve. It has all the features of a straight up ODBII scanner, but by adding vehicle specific packages, opens up the ability to do lots more, including interacting with all the modules and sensors, test sensors and also reset or relearn on those items. Again, I have lots more to learn here, but so far I think it’s going to be the best $130 I’ve spent in a long time. I’ll add more here as I figure more out.
Foxwell NT510elite support list for GM Chevrolet Malibu 2013