Different doesn’t necessarily mean better but in the case of BlueDriver it makes their scanner stand out. Even though there are tons of Bluetooth OBD2 scanners which operate through an app, the BlueDriver Bluetooth Scanner differentiates itself not only in terms of functionality but in terms of price. Even though it is full of functions which the cheaper models lack, it still feels expensive for some people. Well, is buying it worth it then? You’re about to find out!
Our Verdict: The BlueDriver OBD scanner is a tool perfect for car enthusiasts who want to always be able to read their car’s error codes and see what is happening under the hood. It has a nicely built app which shows you tons of info on your car and all it takes to get it started is plug it into your vehicle’s OBD port. If you have more specific needs, such as diagnosing a certain brand like BMW, we recommend checking our MAOZUA Latest V7.7 Creator C310+ review.
Now, let’s get see some of the most notable features of this interesting scanner tool.
Features That Make It Stand Out
This compact scanner has a lot going for it, including a mobile app that allows you to easily access diagnostic info on your vehicle, via a Bluetooth connection.
The BlueDriver scan tool comes as a set of two items:
- A Bluetooth dongle that you plug into your car’s obd port
- An App which you can open through a mobile device
There are many discussions online whether Bluetooth connections are better/worse than cable ones but we personally do not find any speed or connectivity difference between the two types of scanners.
What we found out, though, is that the application which BlueDriver created is more than excellent. First of all, it’s free. Second, it works with any mobile device and has no further app purchases or add-on costs. The information you get from its interface is abundant as well but more on a that in a moment. Now, let’s find out which car models does this little scanner support:
As a standard OBD scanner, this model works on any vehicle produced after 1996 (North America). Things are a little different for Europe. Their petrol-powered cars are compatible after 2001, while diesel cars get this compatibility upgrade after the year 2004. Australia and New Zealand can use such scanners in their models after 2006. Models from the rest of the world should have their OBD compatibility written down in their manuals.
Every car manufacturer has their own specific trouble codes for the car’s systems. This means that OBD scanner tools need special software in order to read error codes from different brands. Fortunately for you, this isn’t the case with BlueDriver. They’ve created a software which is compatible with trouble codes from all NA car brands and most of the brands from the rest of the world. This shows that BlueDriver are not targeting only everyday drivers but mechanics as well since those people will work with countless models over the course of their career and they need such rich compatibility.
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There is a reason this company has gone for the two-part OBD scanner which uses a device app instead of its own structural body with display and buttons. That reason is that most modern devices (tablets, phones) have far superior display resolutions than scanners in this price range. This means that BlueDriver can cut the cost from adding an additional unit with display and navigational buttons and simply make their dongle Bluetooth-enabled and let you browse the scanner’s information through your own device.
This little trick also saves on space when it comes to portability. The app on this scanner provides you with plenty of information about any code you pull and gives detailed and carefully laid out solutions to it.
As an example of the functionality of the app, check out some of the things it can do:
- It has live dashboards showing you live data
- You can either save or export this data after you’ve recorded it
- You can view, reset, and learn about trouble codes
- Has a freeze frame function for the moment when the error occurred
- You can access brand-specific diagnostics
- Read and clean ABS, airbag, and transmission error codes
- You can perform smog tests and access car repair reports
A Few Special Features
This is more than your everyday scanner. While it doesn’t come with a lot of flash, it does come with some great extra features that significantly boost this model’s usability, functionality, and overall value.
Even though it is not typical for scanners in this price range to have some of these, the BlueDriver professional scanner does.
The first thing is the access to Mode 6 it gives you. Mode 6 is especially helpful for people who are buying used cars and want to check all the driving and servicing data on it, including VIN checks.
Another cool quirk of this scanner is that it has a flashlight to aid you with connecting it in the dark.
Next on the list is the fact that you can access live data and record it as it goes. This is extremely useful for people who want to show something specific to their mechanic and the issue only occurs from time to time.
Lastly, there are gauges on the mobile app of Bluedriver. They are customizable and you can assign any specific metric to any of the gauges on your display.
Beginners and experienced mechanics alike will appreciate some of the simple features this scanner has to offer.
When you get started, your first step is downloading the scanner’s app, which is simple, fast, and free. When you first log in, you’ll find that using the scanner is intuitive and fairly straightforward. The device both scans and reads codes. It can also provide reset codes, live data, and can do a mock smog check that will end up saving you plenty of time and money. Often, you’ll have a good idea regarding whether or not your vehicle can pass a smog check. But if you’re unsure, run the mock smog feature, which will tell you right away if your vehicle will pass or fail. This is a great feature that will give you a heads up regarding what you need to fix before you waste more money on another failed inspection.
This scanner can basically provide you with a ton of information related to your vehicle. Because it works with both Android and iOS devices it can also be a great buy for households that have both types of platform users.
This is a great scanner if you want to check out a used car before they buy, the DIYer who prefers to work on their own vehicles, and anyone who’s sick of not passing smog.
Because the scanner automatically updates, you can be confident that it’s always operating with the most current information. While this may not be the leading OBD model on the market, its many features and overall capability is still pretty impressive.
Now, let’s take a brief look at the pros and cons of this scanner:
- Small and easy to carry around
- Has an advanced app that has tons of information in it
- The mobile app is compatible with a lot of car models in terms of brand-specific codes
- Relatively cheap for what you get
- Uses the car’s power source
- Needs no further downloads has no in-app purchases
- Can connect to any device in its range
- Easy to read in bright sunlight
- Compatible with both Android and iOS devices
- Needs a mobile device to operate
- Can’t use the information with other apps besides BlueDriver one
- Has no access to advanced features