Tech 2 clone review: shipping, cost, pack, install, tips for newbies

Here, I’d like to give my buying experience on Tech 2 china clone.

Cars:
I have my C6, 07 2500 GMC, 09 Cobalt that it will work on. Have another scan tool for our foreign cars.

Shipping:
Shipping was a shocker. China to Cincinnati in 3 days. Ordered it Sunday evening, they processed it quickly, shipped it Tuesday morning and it was sitting on my front porch today, Wednesday by noon.

Cost and package:
I bought without plastic carton. I had it with a paper box http://www.chinacardiags.com/wholesale/tech2-diagnostic-scanner-for-gm-saab-opel-suzuki-isuzu-holden-with-full-package.html $250.00 total, free ship to USA by DHL.
Tested it on my GMC truck and all seems fine. Connector for older OBD1 as well for 91-95,6 too. Latest software for GM33.004.

Ps. Tech2 clone differs in price depending on quality and package: http://blog.chinacardiags.com/tech-2-clone-sp23-b3-sp23-1-sp23-b-sp23-c-confused/

Install:

The memory card works in either slot, I tried both although the disc says to install in upper slot. It’s a tight fight because the spring loaded door doesn’t quite open enough for the card to slide in easily. I got it in with a touch of prying. Not a big deal.

Summary:
Entire purchase process was easy with no problems at all. It is a great scan tool kit for not much money. Time will tell how it holds up long term but from other members reports they are getting years out of them.

Download link:

If you need the serial to USB cable,
https://www.automationdirect.com/adc…D3BC150F751C27

Hence most laptops no longer have a RS232 serial port to plug it into a laptop when you are using TS2000 to say firmware upgrade a module on the car.

Note on TS2000, it runs under XP, so if you want to load TIS2000, you will need to VM the machine first, and load windows under a VM running XP as the OS. If TIS2000 came with your clone, then chances are it already cam with a VM to do so.

As for the needed module firmware updates for the car, if you can not find the update file from the web, then GM will sell you a one day subscription to down the needed file from them directly instead.

Images:
Sorry about the lousy pics.

Tips for newbies:

These are THE GM scan tool for GM cars and most trucks only from early OBD1 91-92 up to MOST 2013 OBD2.

They read, clear, help diagnose error codes and problems. They read any control module on the car. Most of the other scan tools only read engine and some ABS codes. I am reading the users manual now to learn just what all it can and can’t do.

The GM service manuals always refer to the Tech2 for further diagnosis on any error code whether it be engine, trans, ABS, body, chassis.

The 33.004 GM software is the latest and last update for these tools.
GM is moving to MDI for 2014 and up.

I used high dollar Snap-On scanners all my shop life and while they were top of the line they had some glitches and updates were $800-1000 a shot plus the $3900 to buy the tool in the first place.

But, any scan tool only gives you info and data, YOU have to take that info and data and make the correct repair based on that data. People sometimes think that a scan tool will tell you exactly what the problem is, where it is and how much it cost to fix, not true as you have to be able to use the error data with the troubleshooting tips to plot your repair.

But without these scan tools and you have a ‘check engine’ lite on you will be throwing darts in the dark as far as wondering what the problem is. The scan tool will guide you on where and what the problem is based on the actual error code # and definition.

It is nearly impossible to correctly diagnose any dash error warning light on any vehicle without a good scan tool.