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Folks, even though my 95 bird is OBD2 compliant, I don't understand why many code readers work only on 1996 and up cars. I'm having a difficult time finding an inexpensive one. All I need it to do is read codes.

Can anyone explain the reason for this situation? It's funny to see a mechanic try to find the OBD port on the driver's side, because on my car it's on the other side.
 

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They all say 96+ because that is when OBD2 became standard. Any OBD2 code reader will work on your car.
 

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That makes a lot of sense

They all say 96+ because that is when OBD2 became standard. Any OBD2 code reader will work on your car.
Thank you sir, it makes perfect sense, but at the same time, if I were in the business of selling these things, it wouldn't make sense to me to not specify they work on any OBD2 equipped car.
 

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Most people don't know that any cars prior to 96 were OBD2, and that probably includes the people selling these code readers, and possibly even the people making them.
 

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I've owned two 1995's since 2003, but it was only in the past two years I learned it myself. I should be ashamed because it is right there in the owner's manual. About ten years ago I had a CEL, and pulled into Sears to get a code reading. At the time, I didn't know about OBD2; I just knew my car had a computer that could be read with an instrument. Now, even though the port was there, and I didn't know it, neither did the guy at Sears. He told me he couldn't help me.

Car owning is part of life's journey. Mine started with a simple, good old 1955 Ford V8. When it comes to simplicity, those were the days. However, as much as I enjoyed life in the 50's, I'd never trade my 1995 for my old 1955.
 

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I know how you feel, I started with a 69 Mark III. That car was simple (actually complex for the day) had a 94 bird and now have a 97 Mark VIII. The OBD 2 actually makes life easier in a lot of ways and I like the gas mileage.
 
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