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 Post subject: ELM327 and Forscan
Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:14 pm 
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Hi Guys.

Just purchased a 2002 AU Fairmont Ghia. Want to run diagnostics for error codes and live data.

Looking at an Elm327 bluetooth for Android, coupled with Forscan Android.

My main issue is that I have read some 'anecdotal' evidence that some cloned copies have caused ECU problems / damage. Obviously more geared toward the el-cheapo ones.

I am looking at this one ......

https://www.ebay.com.au/p/Genuine-Vg...roid/908604909

Anyone bought from this seller or any opinions on the product.

Thanks All
Gary
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 Post subject: Re: ELM327 and Forscan
Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:07 am 
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I've never heard about fake ELM clones messing up ECM. But I'm not a mechanic and don't talk to many mechanics, so I wouldn't know. Just seems like a fairytale, because real ELM327 costs like 70 bucks or something. They need something to scare you away from cheapies and into their own shop, no?

That eBay link is a fake, so worst that can happen is that it doesn't work correctly, loses connection, etc. Annoying, but I don't think it would be lethal for your car. I've used $11 USB versions before, and they worked good enough to read stuff. Many programs will complain or refuse to work with a clone, mind you.
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