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Best scanner to buy

I have been looking at scanners and I am just wondering
which one to buy? I can buy a Snap On Modis for $1,500
but I not sure what software you need for the Powerstrokes.
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Check this out. Alot cheaper if you have the laptop already

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I agree that Auto Engenuity is the best bang for your buck.....but if you want a stand alone scanner i would go with a Matco/OTC scanner over a snap on one myself. I have played with most of them and they by far seem to be the best deal as far as overall functionality....

The other thing to consider would be finding a used snap on brick. Snap on is not going to support them after 08 if i remember right....so a lot of people are selling them. If you got one with current software you could have something that would work for your truck pretty reasonably.....downside is they wont be updatable soon....
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I use the mt2500 all the time. I bought the fastrack diesel insight. Very awesome.

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I agree that Auto Engenuity is the best bang for your buck.....but if you want a stand alone scanner i would go with a Matco/OTC scanner over a snap on one myself. I have played with most of them and they by far seem to be the best deal as far as overall functionality....

The other thing to consider would be finding a used snap on brick. Snap on is not going to support them after 08 if i remember right....so a lot of people are selling them. If you got one with current software you could have something that would work for your truck pretty reasonably.....downside is they wont be updatable soon....
He is correct about the mt2500. I was told 2nd quarter of 09 is the cutoff. But if you are needing something for a 7.3 or 6.0, this will always be a reasonable, awesome tool to have!

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He is correct about the mt2500. I was told 2nd quarter of 09 is the cutoff. But if you are needing something for a 7.3 or 6.0, this will always be a reasonable, awesome tool to have!
just remember that to use the brick with a 6.0 or any ford made after 2003-2005 depending on the modle... u need to have the CAN cable or it wont work....for reference of anyone out there that would need to know that.... i know this cuause i have a brick....LOL....
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Mt 2500

I have also looked at the 2500 but it has been replaced
by the Modis and it cost almost the same used.
What cartridge do you need for the 2500?
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Looking for non PC based scanner

I have 1999 Power Stroke from Oregon and am looking for a scanner (no PC based) which I can carry with me. I hate to get stock on the road at mercy of a Ford dealership. I called Actron and they told me that it is not certain if Actron Auto Scanner Pro CP9190 will work. They claimed that reading protocol was not enforced by EPA until 2001 or 2002. My Owner’s manual states that 1999 CA models were OBDII but my unit from Oregon is still OBDI.

So my question is, is there anyone who is successfully used Actron CP9190 ($260 in Amazon), or EZ-scan AX6000, or EQUUS 3140 all of which can read manufacturing enhanced code?

My Check Engine Light is on, truck intermittently stops and I am hoping that it is the famous CPS which dealer will replace tomorrow under recall.

Thank you,

George.
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