In this article, we take a look at the best OBD2 scanners for Subaru. Based on our hands-on experience and research we think the following are the Top 3 OBD2 scanners for Subaru vehicles. 

Let's start taking a look at the scanner that is used at Subaru dealerships. Next, we will look at some alternatives and affordable diagnostic scanners for Subaru owners.

Foxwell All System Scanner

best subaru scanner

Highlights

  • Can scan and clear codes related to the Check Engine Light, ECU.
  • Read and erase ABS codes.
  • Read and clear airbag / SRS codes.
  • Can perform several ABS tests.
  • Test oxygen sensor.

Foxwell All System Scanners will be able to scan, rear, clear and view live sensor data on multiple systems of your Subaru, including the engine, airbag, ABS and more. With the NT630 you will be able to activate solenoids plus perform testing of different units such as the ABS and EMB. For example, you can run the ABS motor. You can test the valves and the TRACS system. You can also carry a brake bleed test.

We like the NT630 because it is compatible with multiple Asian, Domestic and European vehicles. It is also compatible not only with OBD-II vehicles but also with OBD-1. It will work on many cars, minivans, SUVs, and trucks.

Launch Creader VII+ Scanner for Subaru

 

Highlights

  • Read and clear fault codes related to the engine.
  • Read and clear transmission fault codes.
  • Read and clear ABS fault codes.
  • Read and clear SRS/airbags light and codes.
  • Supports 1996 and newer vehicles.
  • Can retrieve generic P0000 and manufacturer specific codes P1000 and U000.
  • Clear Check Engine Light
  • View freeze frame data.
  • Check emission readiness status.
  • Display live sensor data.
  • Primarily for ABS, Airbag, Engine and Transmission diagnostics. Support for other systems not always available.

We tested the Launch Creader and found it very easy to use and quick to retrieve the fault codes from the ECU. It is an affordable OBD diagnostic tool, and it has one main advantage over the Foxwell NT630. Besides being able to scan the ECU, ABS and SRS system, it is also able to examine the automatic transmission control unit.

The Launch Creader supports multiple automobile brands as well. It provides a description of the fault problem right on the LCD. Write down the error code and do some research related to that particular fault code. An inexpensive diagnostic tool that can save you money and headaches if you are trying to reset the service engine or clear the airbag light.

Autel Maxisys Line

best obd2 scanner for subaru

If money is not a concern or you are an independent auto repair shop, the best scanner you can get for Subaru vehicles is the Autel Maxisys scanner. The Maxisys offers very similar functionality to the scanner used by Subaru dealerships. It can read and clear fault codes from all the systems. In addition, it offers bi-directional communication which is a must-have feature for Subaru mechanics. In addition in can reset a number of sensors including the steering angle sensor, TPMS, EPB, ABS, SAS, DPF and more. 

The Maxisys scanners work on Subaru and the most popular car brands. With this scanner, you can perform an Active Test which provides specific subsystem and component tests. This selection may appear as Actuators, Actuator Test, or Function Tests, etc., and the tests options vary depending on the manufacturer and model. 

iCarsoft Diagnostic Subaru Scanner

iCarsoft Subaru i903 is an advanced OBD2 code reader that will allow you to scan multiple systems on your Subaru such as the ABS, SRS Airbag, Engine, and Automatic Transmission. With this scanner, you can read the fault DTCs and clear the fault codes from memory.

The CR Plus is easy to use even if you have never used an OBD II scanner before. With iCarsoft you will also be able to do a few other things such as reset the oil light, reset the brake pad wear warning light and reset the steering angle sensor.

The CR Plus will work on most makes and models in you have different cars in your garage. The i903 will work on Subaru, Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. We think that the i903 offers great value for its cost.

Show Coverage

Subaru

Forester (1998-2011)
Impreza (1996-2011)
Legacy (1996-2011)
Outback (1996-2011)
R2 (2003-2011)
Pleo (1998-2010)
Vivio (1996-1998)

Nissan

350z (2002-2009)
370z (2008-2011)
370z Convertible (2009-2011)
Altima (1997-2011)
Altima Hybrid (2007-2011)
Armada (2003-2011)
Cube (2009-2011)
Frontier (1998-2011)
Juke (2010-2011)
Maxima (1998-2011)
Murano (2003-2011)
Pathfinder (1995-2011)
Quest (1999-2009)
Rogue (2007-2011)
Sentra (1995-2011)
Titan (2003-2011)
Versa (2007-2011)
X-trail (2001,2005-2007)
Xterra (1999-2011)

Infiniti

EX35 (2007-2011)

FX35 (2003-2011)
FX45 (2003-2008)
FX50 (2008-2011)
G20 (1999-2002)
G25 Sedan (2009-2011)
G35 Coupe (2003-2007)
G35 Sedan (2003-2008)
G37 Coupe (2007-2011)
G37 Sedan (2008-2010)
G37 Conv. (2009-2011)
I30 (1996-2001)
I35 (2002-2004)
M35 (2005-2010)
M37 (2010-2011)
M45 (2003-2010)
M56 (2010-2011)
Q45 (1995-2006)
QX4 (1997-2003)
QX56 (2004-2011)

Subaru Select Monitor III

Subaru dealerships use the Select Monitor III scanner It is referred to as HDS 3000 which stands for Hitachi Diagnostic System. The scanner will allow you to access all systems on Subaru vehicles but it simply too expensive for Subaru owners why are looking for a way to troubleshoot the airbag or ABS light.

The HDS cost $2,999 and requires a license subscription that cost $2,000 per year. If you are interested on the HDS 3000 you can contact Blue Streak Electronics sell these units.

While the Monitor III is without a doubt the best OBD2 scanner for Subaru cars, it is also expensive. If you are looking for an affordable professional-level scanner for Subaru check out Autel MaxiDAS Professional Scanner .

Why depend on your dealer to diagnose your Subaru when you can do it yourself. In this article, we discuss several diagnostic scanners that will allow Subaru owners to perform in-depth troubleshooting themselves.

Conclusion

Based on our expeirnce and research we think that the Foxwell All System Scanner such as NT624 Elite is a great choice for Subaur owners. While Autel MaxiSys Tool is the best diagnostic scanner for Subaru mechanics. 

If you are looking for an OBD2 that will allow you to read engine codes and erase the Check Engine Light (Service Engine Soon) you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a diagnostic scanner. Any generic OBD2 scanner will get the job done.

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