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Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by SomeJoker, Apr 3, 2017.

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  1. SomeJoker

    SomeJoker Member

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    Leaping into the unknown abyss that is land rover ownership I'd like to be armed.

    Advice requested on the most useful D2 workshop manual and diagnostic equipment please.
     
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    I wouldn't bother with the Haynes "Book of lies", when you can get the workshop manuals online:-

    http://www.green-oval.com/data/lr/rave01.iso

    I'm glad that you asked about diagnostics first before you went ahead and bought a cheap toy off the bay then started complaining about it.
    For the DIY user, there are just 3 code readers which are known to give truthful results on the diesel Disco 2; Nanocom, Hawkeye and Lynx. Prices are all in the region of 300 quid.
    Petrol Disco's went OBDII compliant a lot earlier, so most code readers should work in that case, but don't hold me to that!
     
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    As above. RAVE is THE manual - and it's even FREE!! What's not to like? :)

    Agree also on the code readers - all get a mention on here regularly - and a search will tell you all about them. I have a Hawkeye, - it does what I need it to do, but the others are different. If I were buying again, I'd probably go Nanocom. ;)
     
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    Are these readers stand alone devices or software?

    I've also got a German vehicle which has diagnostic software that's all.
     
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    Hawkeye and Nanocom are standalone, Lynx is PC software more akin to the Bavarian (or Swedish) style diagnostic..
     
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    I'd be more inclined to say that the Lynx is less a software system and more akin to a code reader device which needs a PC to display the results, rather than just plugging a PC into the vehicle and letting some software do the work.

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    Britpart Lynx

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    Nanocom Evolution

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    Bearmach Hawkeye Total. The "Total" is the very latest version of the Hawkeye.
     
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    Okidoki.

    It looks like I'll be giving the lynx a miss if it literally just uses a laptop to display the data. Unless anyone else has a differing opinion.

    The nanocom does look pretty good. I'll do a bit more research anyway.
     
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    Well that's one way of looking at it, but I reckon most people plugging in diagnostics are pretty keen to see the results and that makes the PC bit kind of important.
    Whatever way you look at it, they are all pretty decent.
     
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    New Hawkeye total is unlocked for all land rovers if that makes a difference to you, I have a hawkeye, again does what is needed but settled instead of nano because of money and bought second hand 150 quid
     
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    They are bringing one out that uses tablets or phones as a display. Using a laptop lets you use rave on the laptop as well as saving diagnostic information if you particularly want to.
     
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    I hadn't thought of that :)
     
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    Hi, where about do you live in good old Yorkshire.
     
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    Doncaster, not born and bred mind
     
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    I had a look at the lynx. Is it really a cable into a cable into a cable?
    That's what I understood from the website description anyway.
     
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    Lynx is an interface, you connect it to the OBD post one side and to laptop the other
     
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    VIN locked too from memory.
     
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    The lynx can be used on one model but any amount of different vehicles. I set mine up for a Disco 2 and it will work on all disco 2 cars. An unlock code is needed for Disco 3 defender etc.
     
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    I always liked defenders but my understanding was that they were a little less reliable than the discovery. We needed 7 seats as well ;)
    Maybe some day though
     
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    Is that even possible?

    Only joking!
     
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