I own 3 scanners and a 6.0. Here are my reviews:
1. Actron Autoscanner Plus CP9580A "upper level" parts store scanner.
Quick and easy to use on all vehicles. Lets you read basic codes and monitor some data points. As for the 6.0 not super usefull. It will read out the very basic level codes but that is it. It lets you monitor speeds, temps, etc, but not really the ones you need ( no HPOP
2. Scangauge II
This unit is awesome as an affordable monitor to leave in the truck all the time. It will let you read out pretty much any data point. It is a bit cumbersome out of the box and you have to program it before using it. ( a few vendors sell a preprogrammed unit). It is great for troubleshooting and will let you see all the vitals you need to. As for code reading, it still only reads the generic codes.
3. Auto Enginuity
This is probably the best value in diagnosis software. It does what many of the high-end units do at a fraction of the price. It lets you read ALL of the codes in the vehicle, manipulate outputs, runs a few tests, and adjust some module parameters (tire size in ABS
). It allows you to monitor all of the data points and also graph them.
You must buy the Enhanced package for your brand or this is really no better than the parts store scanner.