Brian D. Magana Technical Information Specialist/Technician at Brian D. Magana
I have looked around online for computer based scan tool software, and found AutoEnginuity very interesting and also the most affordable. I purchased the scan tool software and the enhanced Ford first, and later I purchased all the rest of the enhanced Asian and European software. I have mixed reviews. When it works as advertised, it is really cool. But like some others have mentioned, it seems to have some quirks. I have had times where it does not function normally. I have to restart the computer and then it seems to work okay for several cars, but the problem seems to reoccur eventually. I had a 2006 BMW 645csi in the shop last week with a check engine light on, and when I pulled codes NONE were gathered from either the generic or the enhanced powertrain, even though it showed the check engine light was on. Strange. I put my pocket scanner on it and it showed a P0492 secondary air code. I then put my SnapOn Verus on the vehicle and it showed the same thing. I then put the AutoEnginuity scan tool back on the vehicle and it still did not report any powertrain codes. It did however, show a list of codes from various other modules (as it did the first time I had it on the car), but nothing regarding the engine or trans. And I also had a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt in my bay last week, that showed no readiness monitors at all. When I selected the onboard tests tab, there were no tests listed, just blank yellow bars. There again I hooked my other scan tools up to see what they showed, and they showed all the monitors that had run that were supported by that vehicle. I don't know what to say. When it works it's really nice. But it does seem to be hit and miss. When I have called customer support they are nice, but I have yet to speak with them about the two vehicles I have written about in this review, so can't say yet if they will be much help.
(iATN Note: At the time of review, this product was titled "ScanTool by AutoEnginuity").