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    Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    Ok, please tell me if there is someone who can put me out of my misery......

    .....what fault code scanners are out there that read fault codes pre OBD/EOBD/OBD2 protocols?

    I have a 2003 Ford Focus 1.8L TDCi Zetec and have looked at over 20 scanners now. They either read only OBD2 protocol or do not clearly state that they are compatible with my car!

    Is there anyone out there who has found a fault code scanner that actually works with their pre 2004 Ford diesel???

    I would love to hear from people who have tried various scanners and finally stumbling on one that actually reads codes for a pre 2004 Ford diesel!

    Cheers

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    I used Autoenginuity with the Ford enhancement when I had a CMax.
    Very good bit of kit but its not cheap nor expensive. If that makes any sense Click here to enlarge

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    For the sake of £15 buy an ELM327 off ebay. It works on my 1999 pug 306 HDi.
    Granted the functionality isn't amazing but it gives you a 'p' code - certain live data too!
    Where are you based? Somebody may be local enough to see if theirs works?!

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by brynllwynog2
    For the sake of £15 buy an ELM327 off ebay. It works on my 1999 pug 306 HDi.
    Granted the functionality isn't amazing but it gives you a 'p' code - certain live data too!
    Where are you based? Somebody may be local enough to see if theirs works?!
    Thanks but I've noticed on other forums that the ELM327 is not compatible with a number of pre 2004 diesels. Also at that sale price, I have no laptop or blue tooth device to connect to.

    I've been told that the MBD3210 for £200 would definitely read codes on a pre 2004 Ford diesel, and that the Autel US703 should be able to read codes priced at £126. I've tried the Draper Expert 79143 (the manual confirmed compatibility for a 2003 Ford Focus 1.8L TDCi Ghia) for £40, but it would not communicate with the ECU to read any codes!

    It seems that are no suitable fault code readers at sensible prices for pre 2004 diesels i.e < £100??

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by velcrohead
    I used Autoenginuity with the Ford enhancement when I had a CMax.
    Very good bit of kit but its not cheap nor expensive. If that makes any sense Click here to enlarge
    How much did you pay for the Autoenginuity with the Ford enhancement? Was it the handheld version i.e. does not require direct link to a laptop? Thanks

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    If anyone can deduce whether my car uses the OBD2 protocl or not, that would be helpful. I can't find the VECI sticker on my car but the following pins are active/visible on my 16 pin OBD port:

    2,4,5,7,10,13,16

    Thanks

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    Anyone?

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    Search f super on ebay
    Mondeo mk3 tddi ghia kept on the road by a cheapskate ford transit tech

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    Jacko, do you know for a fact that the F Super is compatible with a pre OBD2 mark 1.5 Focus (year 2003)? Cheers Click here to enlarge

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    Re: Pre 2004 diesel fault code scanners?

    Worked on my old 02 plate and on older transits ive worked on
    Mondeo mk3 tddi ghia kept on the road by a cheapskate ford transit tech

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