Best OBD2 – Actron CP9580 OBD2 Auto Scanner with CodeConnect Trilingual OBD II, CAN and ABS Scan Tool

Description:   The Actron CP9580 OBD2 AutoScanner Plus with CodeConnect does more than displaying the trouble codes and definitions seen in other scan tools.  It can prioritize troubleshooting using the top reported fixes related to these codes, specific to your vehicle’s make, model, year and engine. Once codes register on the device, AutoScanner Plus indicates on screen which codes have the CodeConnect details available. To gain access to these possible fixes just push the CodeConnect button in the middle of the keypad and the most probable solutions according to the data of file will be displayed. CodeConnect is a comprehensive database of 3 million ASE verified fixes for the trouble codes that cause the check engine light to illuminate, providing a shortcut for troubleshooting efforts. Advanced functionality built into AutoScanner Plus also includes domestic ABS code coverage, allowing read/erase capability for most 1996 and newer GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles. And additional features include live engine data, graph live data, freeze frame data, drive cycle mode, field updatability via USB port, print functionality and much more.
ABS Coverage: Click Here to see an ABS compatibility chart

Actron CP9580 OBD2 Features and Reviews:

Features:

  • General features
    • CodeConnect technology for up to 3 million possible fixes.
    • Record and playback LIVE engine data.
    • Display live real time data.
    • ABS code read/erase capability for most 1996 and newer GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles.
    • Custom data list for live data.
    • Graph live data.
    • Displays all 9 modes of global OBD-II data.
    • Displays enhanced code definitions on screen.
  • Hardware features
    • Optional battery power (as well as directly through the OBD-II connector).
    • Field updateable via USB port.
    • Trilingual manual (English, Spanish, and French).
    • Print data to PC.
  • Software features
    • Read and erase DTCs.
    • Compatible with OBD-II and CAN vehicles 1996 and newer.
    • OBD-II generic and manufacturer specific code definitions.
    • Read and display MIL status.
    • Read and display I/M monitors.
    • Visual indicator when communicating with vehicle.
    • Pending DTCs.
    • Freeze frame data.
    • Drive cycle mode.
    • State OBD check.
    • Code lookup library.
    • Trilingual menus and definitions.*

Reviews:

The reviews were generally positive for the Actron CP9580 Auto Scanner.  Many people liked the price to feature ratio once again, saying “it hits the middle ground between price and features smartly”.  And others liked Actron’s customer service. “Good Customer Service- My experience, to a one, each interaction was a positive one”. If you plan on repairing the car yourself, the Top Reported Fixes feature seems to work well for people. “I was not disappointed. So far, the “top reported fixes” for the detected trouble codes and vehicle model have been the ones which really worked on my own car and on friends’ cars that I repaired”.

The only negative thing that kept coming up was that customers had trouble using the software. “this scanner is head and shoulders above it’s competition…the software not so much”.  However, Actron is continually updating its software and making new drivers available.  So problem is most likely in the past. Some people wished it came with the batteries it needs to work, 4 AAA’s. So if you want to use it upon arrival you’ll want to pick these up ahead of time.

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