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What's THE best (affordable) device to use to get live data dispayed/logged on a phone or laptop that will work with the GTO?

My old corded OBD2 scanner doesn't work with the GTO.
I'm getting a check engine light periodically that resets its self after a day or 2. Would like to see what's going on....

What app works best for the GTO's data?

Complete noob on this stuff...... Be kind, please. Lol.
 

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The only combo I can speak to is Torque using a Bluetooth dongle. I bought a more expensive one after reading of someone on here having trouble with their fob's communication with the BCM with a cheap eBay dongle, but someone on FB assured me that they're all the same and that I wasted my money.

I like torque though, until I can get an oil pressure gauge in a dash pod I can just monitor it on an old Android phone. I haven't tried logging but it definitely can read and clear codes.
 

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For as simple and cheap as it is, torque has a lot of capability.

Don't know if i agree with the bluetooth adapters all being the same. They all use the elm327, but i am sure PCB and other electrical component quality can vary.

I've had good luck with the obd link products.
 

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Don't know if i agree with the bluetooth adapters all being the same. They all use the elm327, but i am sure PCB and other electrical component quality can vary.
That was my takeaway after reading a thread by GTO44 where he had trouble. This guy was was pretty adamant that it didn't matter so I was just like whatever, so I "wasted my money", neat

I've had good luck with the obd link products.
I think that's the brand I went with.
 

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I haven't had any trouble with the cheap Panlink bluetooth adapters other than loosing them. I have a couple of other scanners including EFI-Live. I always grab the bluetooth adapter and torque app on my phone when a code pops up out of convenience. Easier to use.
 

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The dongles aren't all the same. There are knockoff ELM chipsets that have comm issues vie BT and don't support fully some of the CAN protocols.
The best I have found is the OBDlink MX for Bluetooth, and if you have an OTG adapter for your Android device, The OBDlink SX is a USB corded version. Both work great with My GTO and as of yet, I haven't found a 1996+ vehicle they didn't work properly with.
Torque is also about the best free app out there.
 

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Torque Pro works great, I had used torque pro as my full time dash in the past, but I use a different app now. The app I use now does not log data but I use it as my digital dash.
 
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