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I have a question concerning getting the OBDlink LX vs the OBDlink MX. I see the additional feature seems to be it's ability to use the proprietory Ford MS CAN. I have only my 2000 7.3 6 spd man. 2wd F250 with 265K miles....Trying to figure out whether to spend the extra $30 for the MX unit and whether the MS CAN offers much to the individual owner just doing their own maintenance on an every day driver? Thanks for any information to assist in educating a novice to this area of maintenance tools.
My truck has been down for 2 weeks now and I need the ability to read codes. I'm in a little town without a competent mechanic that has a unit to read my trucks codes.
 

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I've used the LX for a few years now. I may purchase MX in the future so I can communicate with the newer stuff.
 
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Yes. They have all the specifications of thier products on the website.
 

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I apologize if this has been asked and answered, but does anyone know if any of these will read the abs codes. My abs light came on a few weeks ago and I hate the thought of throwing parts at it.
 

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Hey all, I have a question concerning the Bluetooth reader. Im not sure if I need to get the OBDlink LX, the OBDlink MX or does the reader that scoutcamper used, which costs around $12 on amazon? What is the difference between the $12, $50, and $80 Bluetooth OBD readers? Will the $12 reader do the same as the more expensive OBDlink LX and the OBDlink MX?

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You kind of get what you pay for. I use the OBDlink LX. The MX is needed if you are trying to communicate to the newer vehicles that use CAN communication. The difference between the cheap adapters and expensive is communication speed, quality, and warranty. For example OBDlink has 3 year factory warranty. Does the cheap adapters even have technical support? Most do not. You can view all the adapters and specs of OBDlinks product line on thier website. To what systems they will communicate with and speed etc etc. That being said if you just using it to pull codes you can use a cheaper adapter but make sure it will communicate to the J1850 Ford Protocol. I have another cheap adapter that will talk too imports but will not communicate with some of the domestic J1850 protos
 

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You kind of get what you pay for. I use the OBDlink LX. The MX is needed if you are trying to communicate to the newer vehicles that use CAN communication. The difference between the cheap adapters and expensive is communication speed, quality, and warranty. For example OBDlink has 3 year factory warranty. Does the cheap adapters even have technical support? Most do not. You can view all the adapters and specs of OBDlinks product line on thier website. To what systems they will communicate with and speed etc etc. That being said if you just using it to pull codes you can use a cheaper adapter but make sure it will communicate to the J1850 Ford Protocol. I have another cheap adapter that will talk too imports but will not communicate with some of the domestic J1850 protos
I agree you get what you pay for, and I don't mind paying the extra $$ for the better scan tool OBDlink LX, BUT when I read the reviews the guys with a 2000 F250 7.3 (like I have) say it doesn't work on the 2000. I tried calling scan tool but they do not provide a contact number. So can anyone confirm or deny if the OBDlink LX will work with a 2000 F250 7.3?
 

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I couldn't get anyone from OBDlink to answer my questions, but I did get a lot of information from someone with BAFX, they even gave me the step and step instruction if my 2000 is one that has the issue with the ECU reading the scan reader. I went ahead and bought one today. I'll see what happens. Keep everyone posted.
 

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All trucks with a 7.3 will be using the J1850 PWM protocol to communicate. I have used the OBDlink LX on my 97 a E99, 2000 and a 05 6.0
 

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Why use the ODB-to-PC connection instead of the BlueTooth ODB connection for the PC Forscan?
Wired communication is typically faster than Bluetooth. One advantage over Bluetooth.
 

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So basically there aren't any bluetooth adapters that will work with iOS devices. That sucks.
I don't own any Apple devices and never plan to. However I did a quick search some have used ios devices with wifi adapters. One guy said he uses the OBDlink MX wifi (they also have a MX Bluetooth so make sure you purchase correct adapter) adapter with the OBDlink app on a 7.3. Check the Apple app store for Forscan I do think it's available for ios.
 

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Forscan actually is available for iOS and so is Torque Pro the problem is that nobody seems to offer a Bluetooth adapter that works with iOS, which is pretty surprising. The OBDLink MX WiFi has pretty horrendous reviews if you read any of them on Amazon. I would gladly pay the $30 or whatever it is for their USB cable and try it with my crumby old netbook but it states it doesn't work with Forscan. And for some reason the Bluedriver isn't compatible with the 7.3 engine so I give up I guess lol.
 

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Strange that there are such horrible reviews of the MX wifi. I've never used the MX. I have used the LX Bluetooth adapter for a couple years now and it works great. It has about a 30ish foot range and communication is fast. Why not buy a cheap android device and use it Strickly as a diagnostic tool.
 
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OBDII usb cable

this is the cable that i have:
OHP ELMconfig cable from AMAZON (i'm not able to post links or pictures yet, sorry). it states that it is for ForScan and FORD,MAZDA and ect.

it works in my little 97 ranger but doesn't get past the connect screen when hooked up to my 2000 F250 7.3. is there an update to the ELM OBDII cable or do i have to try and by another damn cable?

thanks in advance

jim
 

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i found a couple others on Amazon yesterday but havent hit the order button just yet. one is a cable and one is bluetooth (a little more $$$ but oh well)
 
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