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Gone are the days when you can look in an engine have a bit of a tinker and immediately identify any issues, with so much technology packed into modern cars it takes a computer to detect the problems. OBDLink create a range of personal OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) products to help you work on your car yourself.


The CX is the most affordable of all the OBDLink machines, it is made for BimmerCode and recommended by the BimmerCode team with 100% coverage of BimmerCode Vehicles, this is BMW, Toyota and Mini cars. It works via an app available on iOS and Android devices, it is easy to pair up and provides solid connection to avoid data corruption to avoid the risk of bricking your ECU. From the app you can then monitor live parameters, perform diagnostics and clear check-engine light, simply plug it into the OBD II port. With a super compact size 1.8 X .9 X 1.3 inches means it is easily stored in the glove compartment, ready for when needed. RRP $49.95

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The EX has been made for FORScan which covers Ford, Mazda, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles, it is a plug in and play, professional-grade OBD adapter designed to take full advantage of all of the features of the FORScan software for Windows. It offers 100% coverage of Ford modules and all features offered by FORScan, the electronic MS-CAN/HS-CAN switch allows FORScan to access all CAN buses at the same time and delivers additional functions not accessible via the toggle switch adapters as well as being 20 times faster. The EX will provide you with the same level of diagnostics as you would receive at the dealership, it can access modules like Remote Keyless Entry and Start that would otherwise be unavailable. This OBD can switch between HS-CAN, MS-CAN, and J1850 Ford networks, with no risk of causing issues if accidentally transmitted on the wrong network rounding off the user-friendly tool. RRP $59.95

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The MX+ is a Bluetooth OBD adapter that transforms any iPhone, iPad, or Android device into a professional-grade diagnostic scan tool, trip computer, and real-time performance monitor, pretty impressive stuff. Supporting both GM-LAN and Ford MS-CAN vehicle networks and comes with free OEM add-ons for maximum vehicle coverage, it also just happens to be the world’s fastest Bluetooth OBD-II adapter. This hacker-proof device allows you to read and clear the Check Engine light, it has automatic sleep and wake-up function, it is supported by dozens of 3rd party apps and will run free firmware updates to ensure you always have the latest tech and information. The little unit takes just three minutes to install, with a handy button on the back to set up the connection process. When it’s up and running it doesn’t broadcast its presence or use an easy-to-guess PIN to protect the communication link, only physical access to the device will allow you to connect to it. RRP $99.95

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All three of these devices can help you deal with car maintenance with the MX+ being the most comprehensive and secure, it is worth checking out which device is compatible with your car before purchasing, this can all be found on their website. As it is an American based company the MX+ works with all 1996 and newer model cars and light trucks sold in the U.S, including all American, European, and Asian vehicles however most modern non-U.S. vehicles are compliant with the OBD-II standards.

Personal OBD machines to let discover issue within your car just like they would in the garage.
  • Great value for money
  • User friendly
  • Free app
  • Compact devices
  • Fast and robust connect