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We have a 2005 Odyssey and are considering buying a Honda Diagnostic System kit for our PC. Has anyone used this? We are currently wanting to get diagnostic information from the O2 sensors, and also use it to make ready the EVAP monitor on our OBD2 system... and have heard that this can help with those things.

If there is another product around $200 - $250 (we can get one off ebay from the US for about that currently) that would offer more functionality or you who have more experience prefer, please suggest.

We have an OBDII code reader, but are wanting more complete data but we don't have a ton to spend on this right now.

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We have a 2005 Odyssey and are considering buying a Honda Diagnostic System kit for our PC. Has anyone used this? We are currently wanting to get diagnostic information from the O2 sensors, and also use it to make ready the EVAP monitor on our OBD2 system... and have heard that this can help with those things.

If there is another product around $200 - $250 (we can get one off ebay from the US for about that currently) that would offer more functionality or you who have more experience prefer, please suggest.

We have an OBDII code reader, but are wanting more complete data but we don't have a ton to spend on this right now.

Thanks!
I have TONS and TONS of experience on this.... If there is only one thing that you have to listen to me on is this... DO NOT BUY THOSE UNITS on E-Bay from CHINA!!! They are only copies of the real thing and are junk. They don't fully interface with the REAL Honda HDS software. They include a hacked up old copy of the Honda HDS software that work on their fake units (and only kinda works at that) and that's it. If you try to use it on some new Hondas, it screws up your ECU and causes all the Check Engine, VSA, etc etc lights to light up until you do a cold reset (pull the battery connector).

To get a true Honda HDS system, you have to pay big bucks. You need two things (aside from a laptop) to get a true HDS system going for you. You need the HDS software and you need the interface unit. The HDS software is relatively cheap, but the interface unit is the expensive part. You need either the GNA600 or the new SPX MVCI. The GNA600 is a discontinued item, but even genuine used ones cost like $1300. A MVCI costs over $2000.

I CANNOT REITERATE THIS ENOUGH... DO NOT BUY the cheap GNA600s on E-Bay... most are from China and those are definitely junk. Even some of the ones from the US and Canada are just resales of the junk from China. If they cannot give you a real serial number off the unit that you can verify with Teradyne, DO NOT BUY IT. So basically anything that costs less than $1000 is likely to be that fake stuff.

Having said all of the above, if you do end up getting a real interface unit and the HDS software, then it is diagnostic heaven for Hondas and Acuras. You can not only get all the same diagnostic info that dealers get (including a lot of real time data as the car is running), but you also can run diagnostic tests on your various equipment (like making your speedometer read 140mph without moving, or activating ABS modulator without finding some ice, etc...), and my favorite is being able to add and remove keys to the immobilzer without paying the dealers!!! Of course, there are tons of other things that you can do (including updating the firmware on your car!). You have essentially the same electronic tools that the dealers have at this point! But it does cost a pretty penny to get this functionality!

I hope this helps...
 

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I am so glad you saw my post and responded!!! Although I wasn't buying from China, I'm sure it was just repackaged junk! Thank you, thank you, thank you! More headaches is the last thing we need right now ;).
 

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I joined the forum an hour ago; and, read your 2011 post at http://www.odyclub.com/forums/10-ho...es/151017-honda-diagnostic-system-kit-pc.html


Compared to the genuine Honda HDS kit, are the Chinese HDS offerings still junk? I was looking at the one at New Him for Honda Diagnostic System Tool HDS PC Scan Tool Acura Testers | eBay ; but, none of the resellers of this unit can tell me things like whether, after resetting and PCM DTCs, I would not have to perform the PCM Idle Learn Procedure, as shown in the 1999-2004 Odyssey Service Manual, Volume 1, page 11-202.

I've two Odysseys, a 2003 and a 2004; and, a 1994 Civic (and a JGC). I have the genuine Honda Service

Manuals for these cars; and, I want to do my own repair work, except the rebuilding of transmissions and differentials.

Yes, I favor the cheap side, when it comes to spending money on vehicles (unless it's my motorcycle <g>)

I'm fine with any Microsoft Wndows OS; and, have built my own PCs.

I think that I read that Teradyne makes the genuine Honda HDS? Is that true?

If I don't want to spend the $$$$ right now for the genuine HDS kit, What is there an HDS tool for $200 or less, that you would recommend?

Are there different Honda HDS kits, like one for cars, one for boats, and so on?

Assuming yes, Can you tell me the part number for the genuine Honda HDS kit that will work for my vehicles?


I appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks.

Ed
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