Actron CP9180 AutoScanner Plus OBD II Code Reader

MPN: CP9180
Product Details
Description
The CP9180 Auto Scanner Plus encompasses many features in an inexpensive scan tool. Compatible with 1996 and OBD II compliant vehicles and CAN compliant. It also features Displays and records live sensor data Bilingual Tool, English and Spanish menu options Displays freeze frame data- engine data at the time of the fault Large, back-lit screen Updateable via the internet OBD II code library built into tool Displays O2 monitor test State OBD II Check OBD II drive cycle mode vBattery powered for review of vehicle data off vehicle PC compatible with ability to print Vehicle information Includes CP9180 handset OBD II cable USB cable Soft Case Professional Companion CD Actron CP9180 AutoScanner Plus OBD II Code Reader.
Summary
Product Title Actron CP9180 AutoScanner Plus OBD II Code Reader
Manufacturer Actron
Power Score 4.7 | 4 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Best OBD2 Scanner
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Mar 11, 2010

Bestcovery experts have rated the Actron CP9180 AutoScanner Plus OBD II Code Reader as a best pick for the Best OBD2 Scanner. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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User Reviews
Buy It
5 Star Review   By member JimFennell69 - Nov 19, 2009   

Strengths: User Friendly. Intuitive interface. Instructions could be better, but are enough to get you started using it. See comments.

Weakness: None noted as yet. See Comments.

Preface: Professional industrial machinery engineer. Cars are simple compared to what I work on all day. So maybe I'm not a "shadetree mechanic". I have no brand loyalty, nor am I getting a kickback of any sort for this review. I just needed a good scan tool, NOW. I wish this one had been available 10 years ago. My son is a professional, ASE certified auto mechanic, and this is better than his, by his own admission. 1) 9V battery not included (only needed if not connected to vehicle). 2)Worked flawlessly out of the box. Didn't read the manual and figured it out in about 5 minutes flat. Intuitive menus. Clear, plain english fault description. 3) You'll read on the internet that the computer software that comes with it is junk. I'm running Vista 32 Home Premium and the software installed and worked flawlessly. Not a single "work around" or problem. However, I'm also a computer geek, so what I regard as normal might drive somebody else nuts. You have to "install" your scan tool in the software for it to know what to update/ look at. Took 12 minutes to flash the tool to the latest software version. Another 10 to update the scan tool computer software suite. 4)Used it to diagnose a 1999 Neon prior to purchase. Check engine light on. Tool said "cylinder #3 misfire". Checked plugs and wires. Found all spark plugs loose, particularly #3. Tightened. Car runs great. Cleared codes in ECM. No new faults. Dealer mechanic and salesman looked at me like I was a wizard. Because I did this and gave the mechanical and electrical system a thorough inspection (and found several minor problems), they knocked $700 off their price. (Tool paid for itself 5 times over in the first day). Even the GM dealer (Neon being a Chrysler product)Didn't have a scantool like this that would read multiple MFG (generic) OBD-II codes. Plugged it into my 2000 and 2003 Corolla's; and my 2009 GMC Van. Communicated flawlessly. Note: It's a little slow, but thorough. Gent at Advance Auto says this one is better than the one they use. In other words, this is a moderately priced, powerful, upgradeable, nearly "obsolete proof" Scanner, better than some "professional" auto technicians use. Note: WILL NOT READ PRE-1996 OBD-I OR ANY MANUFACTURER SPECIFIC CODES. NOR WILL IT READ "BODY" OR "ABS" OR OTHER NON-ENGINE/ EMISSIONS CODES. But I promise you, on anything newer and for basic diagnosis, "check engine" light problems it's all you'll need. I would recommend it to friends, enemies, and my own mother if she needed one.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Great unit!
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Great bang for the buck.. Free firmware upgrades via the net

If you enjoy fixing your own vehicles and are thinking of buying a simple coder reader, you might want to pay an extra $60 - $80 more for a full blown scanner. I picked one up at Advance Auto parts on sale for $138.. If you really search, you can probably find one for a bit less. This is a back yard mechanic's dream. Not only does it read and clear trouble codes, but it provides real time data from many of the engine sensors making the faulty one easier to spot.

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Excellent diagnostic tool!
5 Star Review   By member esprod - Sep 11, 2007   

Strengths: Pays for itself.

Weakness: Nothing!

The scanner is an excellent diagnostic tool for the advanced auto mechanic or just an auto enthusiast car owner. Works great, can clear any codes and pending codes, freeze data and print out your results. It's a big up-front cost, but save it with peace of mind if you have a few year old car with a nuisance check vehicle light. It also pays for itself very quickly depending how often you use it.

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Product Details
Description
The CP9180 Auto Scanner Plus encompasses many features in an inexpensive scan tool. Compatible with 1996 and OBD II compliant vehicles and CAN compliant. It also features Displays and records live sensor data Bilingual Tool, English and Spanish menu options Displays freeze frame data- engine data at the time of the fault Large, back-lit screen Updateable via the internet OBD II code library built into tool Displays O2 monitor test State OBD II Check OBD II drive cycle mode vBattery powered for review of vehicle data off vehicle PC compatible with ability to print Vehicle information Includes CP9180 handset OBD II cable USB cable Soft Case Professional Companion CD Actron CP9180 AutoScanner Plus OBD II Code Reader.
Summary
Product Title Actron CP9180 AutoScanner Plus OBD II Code Reader
Manufacturer Actron
Power Score 4.7 | 4 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Best OBD2 Scanner
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Mar 11, 2010

Bestcovery experts have rated the Actron CP9180 AutoScanner Plus OBD II Code Reader as a best pick for the Best OBD2 Scanner. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Buy It
5 Star Review   By member JimFennell69 - Nov 19, 2009   

Strengths: User Friendly. Intuitive interface. Instructions could be better, but are enough to get you started using it. See comments.

Weakness: None noted as yet. See Comments.

Preface: Professional industrial machinery engineer. Cars are simple compared to what I work on all day. So maybe I'm not a "shadetree mechanic". I have no brand loyalty, nor am I getting a kickback of any sort for this review. I just needed a good scan tool, NOW. I wish this one had been available 10 years ago. My son is a professional, ASE certified auto mechanic, and this is better than his, by his own admission. 1) 9V battery not included (only needed if not connected to vehicle). 2)Worked flawlessly out of the box. Didn't read the manual and figured it out in about 5 minutes flat. Intuitive menus. Clear, plain english fault description. 3) You'll read on the internet that the computer software that comes with it is junk. I'm running Vista 32 Home Premium and the software installed and worked flawlessly. Not a single "work around" or problem. However, I'm also a computer geek, so what I regard as normal might drive somebody else nuts. You have to "install" your scan tool in the software for it to know what to update/ look at. Took 12 minutes to flash the tool to the latest software version. Another 10 to update the scan tool computer software suite. 4)Used it to diagnose a 1999 Neon prior to purchase. Check engine light on. Tool said "cylinder #3 misfire". Checked plugs and wires. Found all spark plugs loose, particularly #3. Tightened. Car runs great. Cleared codes in ECM. No new faults. Dealer mechanic and salesman looked at me like I was a wizard. Because I did this and gave the mechanical and electrical system a thorough inspection (and found several minor problems), they knocked $700 off their price. (Tool paid for itself 5 times over in the first day). Even the GM dealer (Neon being a Chrysler product)Didn't have a scantool like this that would read multiple MFG (generic) OBD-II codes. Plugged it into my 2000 and 2003 Corolla's; and my 2009 GMC Van. Communicated flawlessly. Note: It's a little slow, but thorough. Gent at Advance Auto says this one is better than the one they use. In other words, this is a moderately priced, powerful, upgradeable, nearly "obsolete proof" Scanner, better than some "professional" auto technicians use. Note: WILL NOT READ PRE-1996 OBD-I OR ANY MANUFACTURER SPECIFIC CODES. NOR WILL IT READ "BODY" OR "ABS" OR OTHER NON-ENGINE/ EMISSIONS CODES. But I promise you, on anything newer and for basic diagnosis, "check engine" light problems it's all you'll need. I would recommend it to friends, enemies, and my own mother if she needed one.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Great unit!
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Great bang for the buck.. Free firmware upgrades via the net

If you enjoy fixing your own vehicles and are thinking of buying a simple coder reader, you might want to pay an extra $60 - $80 more for a full blown scanner. I picked one up at Advance Auto parts on sale for $138.. If you really search, you can probably find one for a bit less. This is a back yard mechanic's dream. Not only does it read and clear trouble codes, but it provides real time data from many of the engine sensors making the faulty one easier to spot.

Was this review helpful to you?  Yes or No ( Report this as inappropriate )

Excellent diagnostic tool!
5 Star Review   By member esprod - Sep 11, 2007   

Strengths: Pays for itself.

Weakness: Nothing!

The scanner is an excellent diagnostic tool for the advanced auto mechanic or just an auto enthusiast car owner. Works great, can clear any codes and pending codes, freeze data and print out your results. It's a big up-front cost, but save it with peace of mind if you have a few year old car with a nuisance check vehicle light. It also pays for itself very quickly depending how often you use it.

79% of readers found this review helpful.

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