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This small box (about half the size of a ci­garette packet) en­ables a clever piece of soft­ware to con­nect to your car and de­tect any mal­func­tions. Engie con­nects to your car via the OBD (on-board di­ag­nos­tics) port, mean­ing it won’t be ap­pli­ca­ble to your clas­sics from the 1950s-1980s – but many cars from the Nineties do have these ports. Check on­line to see if your car has one and, more im­por­tantly, where it is.

On our test cars (a 2004 Re­nault Clio 182 and 1996 Mazda MX-5) con­nec­tion took less than five min­utes and the read­ing time was vir­tu­ally in­stant. It will show you mal­func­tions in any en­gine parts con­nected to the car’s brain, show you your bat­tery charge and en­ables clever things like fuel track­ing.

Some of the soft­ware seems a bit overkill, but if your dash­board dis­plays a warn­ing light and you want to fig­ure out what’s wrong with­out tak­ing it to a me­chanic, this is a very quick and cheap way of do­ing it.

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