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Vectra B And Obd2

Discussion in 'Vectra B Chat' started by Vectra-Arctic, May 24, 2018.

  1. Vectra-Arctic

    Vectra-Arctic Well-Known Member
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    Hi Guys.

    Need some advice from someone who can help me out on this.

    I need to have a portable OBD - OBD2 diagnostic scanner that is easy to keep in the car rather than lugging one of my laptops + OPCOM module everywhere.

    I have just bought an Android phone (nokia) for this task and bought 2 Bluetooth dongles (one of the cheapo Blue coloured ELM327 OBD2 ones on ebay) and one that is supposed to be OBD compliant. Downloaded 2 Apps (Scanmaster and Torque Lite) freebies. Had no problem syncing the Nokia 2 Android phone to both ELM327 adaptors.

    Now this is where the problems start. Both apps fail to get data from the ECU on the car.

    Tried it on

    1998 Vectra B 1.8 16v (both of my cars, One manual and One Auto) R reg.
    1999 Astra G 1.6 8v Auto V reg.
    1997 Astra F 1.6 8v Auto P reg.

    Unable to read the ECU whereas OPCOM is fine on the above cars.

    But the apps worked fine and read the ECU on my 2002 Vectra B 1.8 16v manual 02 reg. So now I'm confused.

    So back to ebay and bought a handheld standalone scanner (circa £20) which is supposed to work with a range of different car manufacturer's.

    That device arrived this morning, so eagerly set about trying it out. Vauxhall and Opel wasn't listed as a Manufacturer but GM & SAAB was along with a Generic Other cars setting.

    Tried the GM. SAAB and Generic options on my '98 Vectra's. Astra F & Astra G and exactly the same, unable to read the ECU's. But it worked on my 02 plate Vectra B.


    Now I thought Vauxhall's from 1996 were OBD compliant and OBD2 came along later. I thought OPCOM (which works on all my cars) was OBD compliant software.

    Anybody out there really clued up on this GM/Vauxhall/Opel OBD compliant business who can offer me some advice before I go completely grey and hairless.:(
     
  2. stewartjay

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    Hi mate unfortunately the blue obd devices only work on perhaps w reg and above. I had the same issue with my t reg facelift but no issues in the y reg. Could be the type of software they used at the time.
     
  3. NeilGo

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    Have you been able to make any more progress with this? You could always try giving Jon Shield the boss at Courtenay Sport a call. He is a hard man to track down on the phone and you might have to keep trying but I have found him a wealth of information on the Vectra B and the history of the software.

    The other place you might want to try is CC Tuning https://cctuning.co.uk/ who I've heard are very good and have specialist knowledge for the the Vectra B.
     
  4. Vectra-Arctic

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    No, haven't been able to get it to work on any of my pre 2002 cars, all two bluetooth dongles and the standalone wired scanner work on my 02 Vectra B.

    Fortunately OPCOM works on all my cars so I do have the diagnostics capability for my Fleet, just wanted to not have to take a laptop with me in the cars all the time.

    Thanks guys for your help.

    The search for information continues... :)
     
  5. Dave_H

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    2001 was when the eobd requirement came in for petrol from memory
     
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    I own a couple of bluetooth OBD readers, I can not get them to work on the 2001 2.2 dti, not a problem as i have a small laptop that i can use with Opcom, although it would be handy not having to drag laptop everywhere with me.
     
  7. Vectra-Arctic

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    Finally I think I have the solution, I have been speaking with someone who sells Bluetooth Diagnostic Dongles. He sent me a couple to try out and one of them works with my 1995 Astra Mk3, a 2000 Astra Mk4 and my two 1998 Vectra B Arctic's. Also works with my 02 plate Vectra B SXi. :)

    I tried a few Diagnostic apps on Android on my Nokia 3 and a few connected but they gave the ECU data wrong or failed to read basic information, but one App shone through as I tried the freebie Lite version to check it out and have now bought the Full App as it works ok.

    Still intend to use my laptop and OPCOM for main use, but the Phone + Dongle is a handy portable alternative.

    Just need to try and get it to work with the few Apps that are available for my Windows Phone which I prefer over Android as much less spyware.
     
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    Hi Vectra-Arctic,

    whats the name of the bluetooth ODB reader and the Android software your working with, could really do with one that works with mine, thanks
     
  9. Vectra-Arctic

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    ScanMyOpel @ £8.99 Expensive compared to others I know, but it worked on my Nokia 3 Android phone and paired Bluetooth wise ok to the trial dongle I was sent to try.

    OPCOM is miles better and lots more versatile than ScanMyOpel but for the basics and Fault code removal and most basic parameters, ScanMyOpel is good and works with ALL of my pre 2002 Vauxhalls.

    I prefer Windows phones but cannot get ScanMyOpel on Windows phone, so that's why I bought the Nokia 3 as a good basic Android phone + I can use the new TomTom SatNav app (paid for the full version) on it, acts as a backup for my dedicated Tomtom Start standalone unit.
     
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    thankyou for the information its very much appreciated.
     
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    ScanMyOpel doesn't work with many ebay Bluetooth dongles as I found out to my cost.
     
  12. EARBYCR

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    ooh, which dongle did it work with? i was just looking to get one from ebay as well haha
     
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    Can't say, the 2 test dongles were not marked with the Company name.

    I may be looking to buy a few in for resale providing the seller will agree, at the moment I am in the stage of assimilating test results for them on a range of Opel/Vauxhall models, i.e Astra F & G, Vectra B to send to the Dongle provider, so I don't feel its right to give out details yet.
     
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    OK, well I look forward to any details when you can give them. Cheers