View Full Version : Scan Gauge in the UK

02-10-2013, 05:29 PM
Lots of chat about Scan Gauges being used in the US but seemingly nothing in the UK. This is being sold on ebay and is reasonably local to me:


Would I be okay with it on my '01 413CDI ?

02-10-2013, 05:58 PM
According to the AD's specs, only '04 and after diesels in Europe have ODB2, so no
but if yours does then maybe

02-10-2013, 10:46 PM
That's not quite what it says, it says EOBD only became mandatory for diesels in 2004, my 2001 Vectra diesel has OBDII.
First thing to do is track down your diagnostic connector(s). Older sprinters like my '96 use a unique round connector, if that's all you have I believe you do not have OBDII, if you have an OBDII connector as well as or instead of the sprinter round connector, then you almost certainly have OBDII - I can't see why any manufacturer would bother to use the OBDII connector without using the OBDII protocols.

OBDII looks like a scart connector.

02-11-2013, 03:50 PM
Certain mine has the round connector :thumbdown:

02-11-2013, 06:48 PM
You could alway buy a Scangauge Stateside and pay import duty?

02-12-2013, 12:10 AM
How about using an adapter cable?


02-12-2013, 12:40 AM
Trouble is we don't know if the UK Sprinter actually talked OBD2 before 2004 (or 2007 since it is a light commercial) since it was not mandatory here until then.

What would probably help would be if someone with an OBDII car as well as a UK Sprinter bought a Scangauge and tried it with an adapter lead, I'm not in a position to do that right now - sorry!

02-12-2013, 01:50 AM
I had a 2000 313 sprinter which has the 14 pin round connector, which is OBD11 compliant. Scan gauge works fine once you get the 14pin adapter. My van was built in Germany so I expect no different in UK. The adapter cable I bought from China and rewired the 14 pin connector to a cable with a Ethernet RJ11 connector on the other end. This allowed me to run the cable permanently to in front of the steering wheel. The scangage cable on its own is too short for right hand drive vans.



02-12-2013, 09:02 AM
You could alway buy a Scangauge Stateside and pay import duty?

I'm off on a 14 day roadtrip through California and Arizona at the end of March so may pick one up then.

02-12-2013, 11:21 AM
Excellent, news!
Mine is a little older, but still I'm off to Nevada for a 14 day river trip through Arizona in May so may pick one up then :)

Alan, presumably you will be heading up I15? If you see anywhere in LV to get a scangauge let me know, I may head out to Primm before the trip to check out the dry lake bed, but it looks like a 3 casino, 1 shopping mall, no houses kind of a town....
I'll see how much money I have left after I finish fixing the van and have paid for my flights etc. and if it works out any cheaper than the UK source.

02-12-2013, 02:08 PM
^^^last stop before leaving California will be Palm Springs. Then via I10 to Scottsdale, up to Flagstaff (taking in Meteor Crater, Winslow and some old section of Route 66) before doing Monument Valley and Grand Canyon. Then it's back down to I40 and more Route 66 then up from Kingman via the Hoover Dam to Las Vegas. I am pushing my luck with time so may not get to go 'shopping' too much. I'm taking my daughter so any shopping will probably involve some mega Mall somewhere!

02-12-2013, 04:19 PM
That makes more sense when I look at a map!

I'll only really have time for the Grand Canyon, but since launch dates are non-negotiable will need to allow to get to Vegas well before (day or 2) in case of flight delays, so I will have time to shop in Vegas... or hire a car and head over to Ivanpah if I can contact the local buggiers to arrange something, need to get onto that!