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Old June 19th, 2010, 13:46   #1
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Wondered if anyone else has had success using any iphone / android software with an elm327 bluetooth OBD2 sender.

I just recenly purchased 'Torque' for my android phone, and coupled it together with a $50 knockoff blueooth obd interface. It lacks some of the more advanced adjustments/readings that vag-com affords, but for a full-time monitoring solution, it's the best money i've spent on my car in a long, long time.

It can scan and reset codes, and possibly the best feature is that once a code is found, you can search an online database for explainations, diagnosis, and feedback from other users who have had the same codes, and how they fixed it.

The primary feature, and most interesting, is that it enables to you to read and display any sensor/group the diagnostics reads. You can customize each of the 7 home screens with gauges, digital readouts, and even graphs. Want to log or display boost? Coolant temperature? Engine load %? Anything you can think of can be displayed by a gauge, logged on a graph, or even logged to a csv file or exported to the internet.

The only thing that i can't get to work on my car (2001 ALH) is fuel economy, which unfortunately is one of the things i was most looking forward to. Hopefully the software's updated in the future to let me use this feature.

GPS, pandora, and now realtime engine diagnostics all in a phone. Who could have figured.

Anyone else tried something similar?
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Old June 19th, 2010, 21:02   #2
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Does it do manufacturer specific DTCs, or just the generic ones that any $50 OBDII scanner can read?
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Old June 19th, 2010, 22:30   #3
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Either way I'm intrigued
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Old June 20th, 2010, 19:29   #4
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Does it do manufacturer specific DTCs, or just the generic ones that any $50 OBDII scanner can read?
I'm not sure, to be honest.

The only problem i've had since i'd been using it was a loose connection on my needle lift sender.

Autozone's scanner identified the problem as something having to do with air metering, and the software identified it correctly as needle lift sender short to B+.

Are there any OEM specific codes that i can trigger handily on an ALH?
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Are there any OEM specific codes that i can trigger handily on an ALH?
Not sure myself. I'm thinking more for the Lancer and the Civic, which enjoy throwing me random, short term CELs on an irregular basis.

Of course, with 100k and 140k respectively, I suppose they're entitled to their little quirks.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 21:11   #6
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I use REV on my iPhone. I got it to monitor boost and EGTs when towing. I was unhappy when I got it and found out that boost and coolant temp were the only two things that worked (that's not on my cluster already).
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Old June 20th, 2010, 22:10   #7
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I was looking at some of these online. The real ones appear to support VWs, but they apparently have not tested one on a MK5 or MK6 yet. By supporting VWs, I mean to say that they claim that dealer specific codes are supported. The knockoffs basically all mimic the real listings while deftly avoiding mentioning which chipsets are used in the actual device, probably the ELM327. Stupid knockoffs.
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Old June 21st, 2010, 14:23   #8
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Wondered if anyone else has had success using any iphone / android software with an elm327 bluetooth OBD2 sender.
Can you post a pic/link to the ELM327? thanks!
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Here is a link to the (i think) developer's website:
http://ian-hawkins.com/

He recommends OBD Key for the sender. Looks like a cool application. I can't wait until I'm eligible to upgrade my phone in July so I can get rid of this stupid Dare.

Any other cool car-related Android apps that people have used?
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The developer of Torque is also marketing a program which uses GPS to determine your car's speed, which it converts to a reverse digital odometer that at night, when placed under your windshield, acts like a HUD. Battery hog though.
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Can you post a pic/link to the ELM327? thanks!
ELM 327 is just the chipset. There's a wide array of devices that use the same chips.

Try searching google for elm 327 bluetooth, and you'll have all too many to look at.

Mine is similar to this:

I paid a premium to get the smaller unit, because i hate the way my left leg is constantly fighting with my vag-com adapter when trying to log data.

This unit barely even peeks from beneath the dash, and is nowhere near my leg.
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ELM 327 is just the chipset. There's a wide array of devices that use the same chips.

Try searching google for elm 327 bluetooth, and you'll have all too many to look at.
Thanks for the info. I didn't know the ELM 327 was a chipset. I was hoping for the same source you bought your BT from since it works. I did google "elm 327 bluetooth" with lots of hits.... from $50 to over $100. I didn't want to get something that didn't work or has issues. They seem to come from overseas and I'm hesitant to buy.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 12:53   #13
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Pretty cool but, using the recommended interface, the cost is getting up near a ScanGauge II. It would be nice to check in on things like intake temps, timing, fueling, etc in a quick and convenient way. I'm about ready to trade my WM phone in for a Droid or Incredible, this makes it all the more attractive.
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Just a confirm, this displays boost? Even at a slight delay this would be more cost efficient for a casual user than installing a boost gauge would be.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 19:25   #15
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Just a confirm, this displays boost? Even at a slight delay this would be more cost efficient for a casual user than installing a boost gauge would be.
In my humblest of opinions, NOTHING is more cost effective than a real boost gauge
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