Top 3 Best OBD2 scanner for Subaru cars

best obd2 scanner for subaru

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. The OBD2 scanners listed here are able to scan the following systems: 

  • ABS - Anti-lock brake system.
  • SRS - Airbag system.¬†
  • ECU - Engine Control System.¬†
  • TCU - Automatic Transmission Control Unit.¬†

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.

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.  

iCarsoft Diagnostic Subaru Scanner

icarsoft obd ii diganostic code reader scanner for subaru

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. 

Check Price: iCarsoft Subaru Scanner

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Foxwell NT630 Scanner

Foxwell Diagnosic Code Reader OBD2 scanner for Mitsubishi

The Foxwell NT630 is a professional OBD2 scanner that will be able to scan multiple systems on your Subaru such as the engine, airbag, ABS and more. With the NT630 you will be able to activate solenoids to perform testing of different units such as the ABS and EMB. Manually run the ABS motor. You can test the valves and 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.

Check Price: Foxwell NT630 Scanner


  • 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.¬†


  • None


Launch Creader VII+ Scanner for Subaru

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. 

Check Price: Launch Creader VII+ Scanner


  • 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.¬†


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 . 



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