FIXD reviews are all over the web. Unfortunately, many FIXD reviews seem to be advertisements and some of them are even misleading. To help you better understand FIXD sensor, we did a hands-on review of FIXD sensor. Fixd sensor is also known as Fixd OBD2 Sensor or Fixd Active Car Health Monitor.
FIXD sensor allows you to read and clear engine codes. It offers the same functionality as many less expensive OBD2 scanners. We found that a $10 ELM327 Bluetooth adapter and a free OBD2 app provides the same functionality as the FIXD sensor.
A common misconception is that FIXD will monitor your vehicle wear and tear. FIXD is not able to tell your struts are worn, your control arm bushing are bad, your engine has a mechanical problem. You will still need to rely on your mechanic for these problems.
Overpriced ELM327 Bluetooth Adapter
No phone support
The maintenance schedule is generic, not specific to make and model.
Can't check the emission readiness status.
At the moment, don't expect FIXD to be able to troubleshoot (read/clear codes) from ABS, Airbag and Transmission systems. We contacted FIXD and this was their response.
"FIXD has successfully started working to read TPMS, Airbag, Traction Control, Transmission, and more lights on few vehicles. But we are still in the process to update all the vehicles and we are in touch with vehicle manufacturers to obtain data for this feature. Our development team is already working on this feature and hopes to have this feature available for all vehicles very soon." -Brad @FIXD
FIXD Reviews on Youtube
By now we all have seen one or more Fixd Reviews on Youtube where "mechanics" are able to save money by using the FIXD sensor. In the example below, the "expert" even goes on to say that FIXD is way better than what he uses at the shop. This video is missleading, lacking information and some of the claims are not accurate.
Based on our experience with many OBD2 scanners, FIXD is an overpriced ELM327 chip. For example, a $10 ELM327 Bluetooth adapter and a free OBD2 app are a much cheaper alternative.
If you are looking to invest in a good scanner, there are many OBD2 scanners that allow you to diagnose various systems that you are not able to with FIXD sensor. Let's take a look at FIXD competitors.
If you own a GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, VW, Honda vehicle 2003 and newer BlueDriver Bluetooth Scan Tool is a much better choice.
On those models, Bluedriver is able to diagnose not only the engine but unlike FIXD it can also diagnose ABS, Airbag, Transmission systems.
What if your car is not one of the above?
If your car is not one of the above models, the BlueDriver can only diagnose the engine. Even though it will be able to read and clear check engine codes it won't be able to diagnose ABS, Airbag or Transmission.
If any check engine codes are present, you can click on it to get more detailed information. Severity level will help you understand how critical the code is.
When you sign up for Fixd Maintenance Club, you can have FIXD ship you the parts you need for the maintenance. No, you don't get the parts for free, you have to pay for them. We can not comment on the quality of auto parts that FIXD sends.
Not sure why you won't want to buy car parts from FIXD when you can go to sites like Amazon and buy any part you want for your car and get it shipped to your door for free.
Based on its diagnostic capabilities, FIXD sensor is a basic code reader that can only access the engine module. Many basic code readers such as ELM327 Bluetooth Adapter offer the same functionality and cost much less than FIXD sensor. BlueDriver Adapter while slightly more expensive is a much better choice and can diagnose more systems than FIXD sensor.
If you are looking for a cheaper version of FIXD take a look at Spiffy Blue OBD2 Scanner. Spiffy Blue comes with its own app as well and functions almost the same as FIXD OBD2 sensor.
You can buy Fixd Sensor on Amazon or retail stores such as Walmart and Bestbuy.
Can FIXD help me pass state emission test?
Can I keep FIXD plugged in while driving?
Fixd sensor not found or not connecting
Where do I connect Fixd Sensor
Can fixd be used on multiple vehicles?
Will this diagnose problems even if the check engine light is not on?
Does FIXD work on older vehicles?
Will FIXD sensor fix my car problems?
Should I replace a car part because FIXED sensor suggested it?
Do I need FIXD sensor to reset check engine light?