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Is My Car OBD2 Compatible and Supported by OBD Scanner/Software?
Posted by Alex (Im) E. on 18 October 2011 01:42 AM

Purpose of this article is to answer if your vehicle(s) will work on a generic OBD2 / OBD scanner. (Wikipedia: Onboard-diagnostics)

Such generic scanners will scan, diagnose and read nearly all OBD2 vehicles in the world. Some also have include OBD1 support for handful of older vehicles.

For now don't worry about what "OBD" means. All you need to get started with scanning your car is to FIRST find out if your vehicle is OBD2 compatible.

Simple click below on COUNTRY WHERE YOU LIVE. (Not which country your car is made in, but which country you live in.)

(Below information also applies to any OBD diagnostics scanner/reader in the world, in any country. It's meant to be THE most accurate, universal and up-to-date OBD2 compatibility report on the web.) 

1 Throughout this article, we'll use OBD2 Scanner as example for all generic OBD2 / OBD scanners. It basically refers to ANY brand / product / manufacturer.

 

Note 1: Vehicle refers to: Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUV's, MPV's, 4X4s, LCVs.

Note 2: Generic OBD works on petrol, gas and diesel vehicles. (Hybrids and Electric cars are not supported).

Note 3: OBD is used as a general term and can mean any of the following:
  • OBD1/OBD2 (California ARB — applies to North/South America)
  • EOBD (European OBD)
  • ADR/ANZOBD (Australian/New Zealand OBD)
  • JDM (Asian OBD)
  • JOBD (Japanese OBD)

 

Country List: (To Find Out If You Vehicle is Compatible — Click on Country Below Where You Live...)

  • Africa (all countries, excluding: Algeria, Nigeria - see below)
  • Algeria (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2014)
  • Argentina
  • Australia / New Zealand
  • Bahrain (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2018)
  • Bolivia (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2021)
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Chile
  • Colombia (no data available - considered unsupported)
  • Costa Rica (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2017)
  • Europe (all countries in Europe including UK, DK, DE, EL, FI, FR, IE, IT, NO, SE, etc...)
  • Fiji (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2016)
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Iran (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2012)
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kuwait (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2018)
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2015)
  • Oman (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2018)
  • Peru (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2017)
  • Philippines (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2016)
  • Qatar (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2018)
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2018)
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2013)
  • Ukraine (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2018)
  • Uruguay (no data available - considered unsupported)
  • USA
  • Venezuela (no data available - considered unsupported)
  • Vietnam (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2017)
  • Yemen (vehicle must be made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2018)
  • Everywhere Else (or) Unsure

 

 

Africa:

Do NOT buy OBD2 Scanner (or any OBD scanner on the web) under any circumstances if you're in Africa (yes, even South Africa), until you FIRST discover if your vehicle is OBD2 compatible by following below 3 step procedure...

Because any country in Africa has no official government-enforced date to enable cars into OBD2 — it's very challenging to know what cars are supported. Some are OBD2, some are OBD1.

This means it's impossible to know if OBD2 Scanner (or basically any OBD software/scanner in the world) will work.

So, FIRST find out if your car(s) is OBD2 compatible:

  1. Buy a cheap ELM327 USB cable from eBay. You can also find it on local Gumtree/Classified Ad website. It should cost no more then $15 when converted from your countries currency. Search: elm327 usb

  2. Install cable to your computer by following instructions here.

  3. Test if your car is compatible by installing this free OBD2 software.

    • If software gives you LAST 3 lines green — then car is OBD2 and will work with OBD2 Scanner.

    • If LAST 3 lines are red — then no reader/scanner in world will work except OEM scanner in $4000 range.

       

EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Argentina:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2008 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2008 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Australia / New Zealand:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2006 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2006 — then it will NOT work with any publically available scanner (will only work on $5000+ mechanic scanners). However some car models made BEFORE 1 Jan, 2006 are still OBD2 and will work.

 

EXCEPTION 1: Holden cars made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2006...
Click here to see if your Holden car is supported. If it's supported, then get OBD2 Scanner together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

EXCEPTION 2: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
If your vehicle You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Brazil:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is gasoline/petrol and it's made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2008 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is diesel and it's made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2015 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant.
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2008 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Canada:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 1998 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 1998 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

 

EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

China:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is gasoline/petrol and it's made/imported BETWEEN dates 1 Jan, 2005 - 1 Jan, 2009 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is diesel and it's made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2011 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant.
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2008 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Chile:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is gasoline/petrol and it's made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2014 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is diesel and it's made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2013 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE above dates — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

 

 

Europe (All Countries Within It) :
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is gasoline/petrol and it's made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2001 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant.
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is diesel and it's made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2004 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant.
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE above dates — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Hong Kong:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2007 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2007 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

India:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2013 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2010 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Israel:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2003 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2003 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Japan:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2002 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2002 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Mexico:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2006 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 2006 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Morocco:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2011 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE above dates — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Russia:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2012 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE above dates — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

South Korea:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2007 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE above dates — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Taiwan:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2008 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE above dates — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

Thailand:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 2013 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 
  • If your vehicle is made/imported BEFORE above dates — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

USA:
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported AFTER 1 Jan, 1996 — then it's 100% OBD2 compliant. 

        (* NOTE: Your car may still be OBD-II compliant even if it's made BEFORE Jan 1, 1996. Click here to verify.)
  • If your vehicle (any brand) is made/imported BEFORE 1 Jan, 1996 — then check this OBD1 list to see if it's supported (do a browser search on your car model — it MUST match EXACT year/model). If you can find it on that page then, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately from USA or Australia.

     

    EXCEPTION 1: Audi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen vehicles made from 1 Jan, 1994 to PRESENT date...
    You may be pleased to know that our VAG-COM cable compliments OBD2 Scanner, as it's also able to scan all other systems like (ABS, SRS/Airbag, A/C, Roof, Lights, Electronic, Instrument Cluster, Central Locking, Mileage Correction, ECU Chiptuning/reprogramming of various modules, relearning, etc). However OBD2 Scanner is still much more powerful with Engine/Transmission diagnostics. So VAG-COM compliments OBD2 Scanner.

 

 

 

Still Unsure?

In all other countries, you will need to verify that your vehicle is OBD 2 / OBD II compliant by looking under the hood for a sticker indicating compliance.

OBD Scanner Compatibility / OBD2 Compliance

 

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