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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-13-2014, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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What scanner should I buy?

I have a early 2004 f250 with a 2003 6.0 engine. Trim package is a king ranch crew cab with a 6 1/2 ft, bed and 4Dr. I'm having acceleration problems and have pretty much ruled out the turbo. What scanner or scanner software should I buy.
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Re: What scanner should I buy?

My vote is for Auto Enginuity. But that's the only one I've ever used, so my opinion is biased! Lots of useful parameters you can monitor with it, which are all key to diagnosing a 6.0

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Re: What scanner should I buy?

6speedSD you mentioned the same scanner in my prior post. Do you recommend the ford family enhanced package?
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Re: What scanner should I buy?

I think you have to buy the Enhanced Ford Bundle to have the 6.0 system. On the bright side, you can scan any Ford vehicle!

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KC Stage 1.5
Reg return
Beans sump to the stock pump
BPD FICM
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Re: What scanner should I buy?

Well, gonna do some research and buy something.
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Re: What scanner should I buy?

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, EOT, FICM voltages, etc).

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.

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Re: What scanner should I buy?

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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, EOT, FICM voltages, etc).

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.

Well said! I don't have the technical smarts to have described them like that!

2005 F350 CCLB Dually
Studded, deleted
5" straight piped
155/30's
KC Stage 1.5
Reg return
Beans sump to the stock pump
BPD FICM
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Re: What scanner should I buy?

Thanks for the info, I bought the autoenginuity with the ford enhanced package.
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