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Old 5th January 2011, 01:47   #1
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OBD-II Bluetooth adapters and monitoring apps for iOS and Android

I had no idea these devices existed. Apparently you can leave these bluetooth adapters plugged into the OBD-II port and you can run certain apps that will monitor readings in real-time. This could be a very cool and interesting development for car enthusiasts!

BEST OPTION: You can buy a $15 bluetooth OBD-II adapter and use the Android app "Torque". Code reading and everything! GPS tracking, 0-60 timing, fault code reading, alarms, logging info, etc..
http://www.appbrain.com/app/torque/org.prowl.torque

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I just ordered this adapter, it was a little pricier than the $25 eBay ones, but it is the smallest I could find and that is important due to where our port is located. I will download the Torque app on my Droid X. I can't wait to mess around with this! I may not even need the Peake reader anymore..

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These are no replacement for a Peake tool, though. An excellent complement, absolutely. But BMW has proprietary codes that these won't probably pick up. But hey, we can try!
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I bought one of these adapters a couple of months ago and am using the paid version of the Torque app on my HTC. At least with mine, you don't get all the parameter readouts that the software is able to capture.

I don't have the exact list of parameters you can see, and either my car doesn't have any stored fault codes or the reader isnt showing them. It's pretty cool nonetheless, and ~$50 isn't the end of the world if it isn't perfect.
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I bought one of these adapters a couple of months ago and am using the paid version of the Torque app on my HTC. At least with mine, you don't get all the parameter readouts that the software is able to capture.

I don't have the exact list of parameters you can see, and either my car doesn't have any stored fault codes or the reader isnt showing them. It's pretty cool nonetheless, and ~$50 isn't the end of the world if it isn't perfect.
Don't forget you can use this on ANY obd-II car! Just because it doesn't do everything for the beast doesn't mean it was a waste of $50.
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OK, to update: I hooked up the bluetooth OBD-II adapter today and it worked without a hitch. The Torque app is really cool!!

It read all my fault codes perfectly and easier than using the peake tool. I can monitor tons of different read-outs, including the secret menu items like coolant temp, MAF test (with historic graph showing peak values!!), etc. It also logs GPS information and 0-60 times, O2 sensor voltages, fuel trims, etc, etc. Overall very cool.

I have not done extensive testing yet but I am very impressed so far. It all works so easily and accurately --> I ran it simultaneously with the cluster tests and they matched dead on.

I will do my best to test it all out and take screenshots to show how well it works. Updates to come!

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Apologies for the stupid question, but does this thing work with e60 M5? Where is the port? Is it worth my time?
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Russap5:

Have you played with the Torque app much now? How are you liking it? I'm wondering if you've compared any fault codes between the app and a Peake reader (if you have any codes, or a Peak that is). Since I've purchased the adapter I haven't had any fault codes, or stored codes so either my car is code free (fingers crossed) or the app doesnt pick up the codes as it should!
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Maybe next time I post i should carefully read the thread at hand....per your post above: "It read all my fault codes perfectly and easier than using the peake tool."

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I just received the PLX Devices Kiwi Bluetooth interface and I downloaded the Torque app. I have a stored code (Electric thermostat control final stage) that the app is not picking up. My Peake tool finds it, so I am assuming that is because of the OBD port I am using. Can any one concur with that?
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