I haven't used any particular code reader long, but as a serious question, what are the benefits of the Peake? It's supposed to read manufacturer specific codes, but the generic code reader I used pulled the manufacturer specific error code and gave me the error description, same as the Peake (throttle control, return spring in my case). There was a small benefit not having to flip through the Peake booklet though you may at some point need to search for the error code pulled by a generic reader (I bought a higher model generic, perhaps it varies). I also don't like that the Peake doesn't spit out the actual OBD II code. It spits out a code for a code, which I must always look up. If I then try to ask a mechanic or forum members, I have no actual OBD code to give him or her. I just have a problem description. The Peake can't run O2 sensor tests and other live data tests from what I can tell. You can reset service lights and oil change lights with the Peake, but you can do that via the dash on later cars anyways. I bought a Peake and read the manual, but I'm more impressed with the abilities of the generic scanner and I haven't even read the more substantial manual. I only saw a glimpse of the functions from the menu screens. My Actron was less costly than the Peake and I can use it on other cars. Are there hidden features that I overlooked on the Peake?
The generic code reader will give you a generic code and by definition this is a compromise, if not please explain.
There will be many instances, all documented excessively on this board, where the peake code reader will determine a problem with zero or little doubt. When your generic code reader will say things like Bank 1 Exhaust CPS instead of CPS for example I will change my view on generic code readers.
DO NOT GET ME WRONG, as I said earlier, the PEAKE CODE READER is the best DEDICATED code reader for our cars....
If you want to start talking about live data streaming etc then the best there is the GT1 or INPA or similar.....If you are serious about your car you need, the Peake Code Reader to keep in your glove box with the table of codes (or if you are like me, I know most of them off by heart
) and you need a GT1 / INPA setup to keep in reserve for when you want to do some more heavy inquisitions of your DME.
Also please note that we members who recommend the Peake are not tied in on any commission structure for their product, we are simply telling you and anyone else who asks about codes about their cars, after lots of reading of other members experiences and our own, that you cant get better than a Peake Code Reader as your initial diagnostic tool. It will save you time and money in the medium to long term, hell even in the short term.
You have less than 31 posts, I wish I was there again, because I would be on the very steep but fun part of the learning curve of our cars. I can guarantee that if you become more involved with these cars and as your post count approaches 500 you will fully agree with me and others about the necessity of a Peake Code Reader.