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      OBD dongles/diagnostics for iPhone?

      Hi All,

      I didn't want to hijack the other thread on diagnostics. Does anyone have a favorite OBD dongle/app combo for iPhone?

      The XC60 is the wife-mobile, and she's a bit of a data geek as I am. Trick is, she's an iPhone person. I'm totally unfamiliar with that platform's options. I use Torque Pro with a Kitbest Bluetooth dongle in the XC90 on the Android, but my understanding is that iPhone doesn't do Bluetooth in this situation.

      Thanks!

      -Ryan
      Current fleet:
      1987 Volvo 245
      1989 Volvo 245
      1991 Volvo 745 Dog Waggin' 2.0
      1995 Volvo 945 Turbo
      2011 Volvo XC90 3.2 AWD
      2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 AWD (Wife-mobile)

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      I use a WiFi OBDII dongle with iPhones. I bought it on Amazon for like $15. I use any app like Torque or that. They are all mostly the same.
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      With Iphone, just make sure the dongle is WiFi “or” BLE 4.0... then it should work with Iphone and any of the apps like torque or carscanner

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      I'll mention again that Bluedriver works very well with iPhones. It is intended to be a near-professional diagnostics tool, although I was disappointed it currently does not have enhanced features specifically for Volvo like ABS, airbags, and BMS. Still, you get freeze frame data, smog check and repair reports. The repair reports are confirmed and may be worth it alone if it tells you the fix just once. For $100, I'm not sure it is a better value than the cheapest devices with enhanced features. However, Bluedriver provides continuous updates for the life of the product and their technical support seems good. If you own other vehicles that Bluedriver supports with enhanced features, then the value greatly improves. Here's a list of those manufacturers:

      Last edited by blindkarma; 02-26-2020 at 11:47 AM.
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      Thank for the help!

      I'll follow up on the leads. It's nice to have little alternative to pulling out the VIDA laptop!

      -Ryan
      Current fleet:
      1987 Volvo 245
      1989 Volvo 245
      1991 Volvo 745 Dog Waggin' 2.0
      1995 Volvo 945 Turbo
      2011 Volvo XC90 3.2 AWD
      2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 AWD (Wife-mobile)

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      I would go for Car Scanner Elm Obd2 for Iphone or Android. Extensive profiles for Volvo included in the app, each profile covers 200-250 sensors. Plus smog check, 12V battery status, etc.
      And it shows exact engine oil level in 4-cylinder Drive-E engines - big bonus!
      App is free, a few bucks for an ad-free version.



      Last edited by Peter1234; 03-15-2020 at 08:26 AM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Peter1234 View Post
      I would go for Car Scanner Elm Obd2 for Iphone or Android. Extensive profiles for Volvo included in the app, each profile covers 200-250 sensors. Plus smog check, 12V battery status, etc.
      And it shows exact engine oil level in 4-cylinder Drive-E engines - big bonus!
      App is free, a few bucks for an ad-free version.

      Thanks! I'll check it out!

      -Ryan
      Current fleet:
      1987 Volvo 245
      1989 Volvo 245
      1991 Volvo 745 Dog Waggin' 2.0
      1995 Volvo 945 Turbo
      2011 Volvo XC90 3.2 AWD
      2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 AWD (Wife-mobile)

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      Thanks again for the tip on Car Scanner. It was able to dig up some old codes with the 2011 XC90 that Torque could not. I'm impressed!

      -Ryan
      Current fleet:
      1987 Volvo 245
      1989 Volvo 245
      1991 Volvo 745 Dog Waggin' 2.0
      1995 Volvo 945 Turbo
      2011 Volvo XC90 3.2 AWD
      2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 AWD (Wife-mobile)

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      Do you know if it can do the transmission counter reset?

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      I don't think anything (affordable) but VIDA will let you reset the trans counter.

      -Ryan
      Current fleet:
      1987 Volvo 245
      1989 Volvo 245
      1991 Volvo 745 Dog Waggin' 2.0
      1995 Volvo 945 Turbo
      2011 Volvo XC90 3.2 AWD
      2013 Volvo XC60 3.2 AWD (Wife-mobile)

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      No, Car Scanner Elm Obd2 cannot reset the transmission. It just displays the ATF temperature, AT torque, torque limiting, gear ratio, AT solenoids (and Haldex torque in AWD cars).

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