Currently the Equus 3130 engine scan tool is one of the best-selling OBD II tools on the market, however that may be due to the 63% discount rather than the Equus 3130 selling on merit.
We want to find out if this OBDII scanner from Innova lives up to the high level of quality, features and user-friendliness that the company is known for with its other diagnostic scanners. The Equus 3100, 3030 and 3160 all lived up to expectations so let’s see if the Equus 3130 does too. We look at whose opinions matter the most to find this out – actual users and reviewers of the Equus 3130 scan tool. Let’s see what they had to say…
Innova Equus 3130
Generally the 3130 fared well. The device scored and average of 4.2 out of 5 stars from a total of 145 customers at the time of writing. Of those 84 people awarded the full 5 stars and a further 37 gave a 4 star rating. This means the Equus 3130 has an overall satisfaction score of 84.3%! The remaining ratings were given with 11 people scoring 3 stars, 2 people giving 2 stars and 11 people 1 star.
The main reason people bought the Equus 3130 is that the scanner not only gives diagnostic readings for OBD II but also for OBD I which is for vehicles from 1982 to 1995, including Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
Judging by the reviewers as a whole, they seem to be in agreement that the Equus 3130 offers possibly the best features to value ratio of any OBDII scan tool. This is especially true of those who managed to get the 63% discount!
“Best bang for the buck…”
“This scanner has amazing abilities considering the price…”
However, among the majority 5 star reviewers, it was the ease-of-use and speed at which the scanner picked up fault codes that seemed to impress the most…
“This unit out performed a commercial unit that notably was several years old but had recently been software up dated (to the tune of over $1,000)…”
“I work at a dealership and use this scanner frequently. It is super fast at retrieving and clearing dtc’s which is important when you work in the industry…”
“I’ve now used it on 3 different vehicles and ive gotta tell you, this is probably the best scan tool i’ve used with the exception of professional grade tools from snap-on or mac that can cost 10 thousand or more…”
Of course not all reviewers were so happy with their purchase as those above, some people expected faster update times for example:
“Mode-01 Live data is very slow to update. Sometimes when you choose Live data mode by pressing button, unit does not respond immediately to command and often hangs while getting initial PID download from ECU-PCM…”
This person scored lower as they wanted more features…
“This tool was capable of an additional level of communication that $20-$50 scanners couldn’t do, but it didn’t have the full reach of $1,000 commercial products…”
Another user found the Equus 3130 maybe a little too complicated for his tastes:
“The user interface could be a lot more easier to navigate. If you buy one, plan on reading the manual…”
It should also be noted that the Equus 3103 does not come with a USB socket for connecting to a PC, you will need a serial adapter which can be found for a few dollars quite easily online.
“You will need to buy a serial (RS-232) to USB converter and hope the driver is included…”
With the negative points above included, the Equus 3130 OBD II scanner still scored well with overall ratings. It seems we have still not found the perfect OBD II engine code reader, however by judging the user reviews, the 84% satisfaction rating and the 63% discount – it seems the 3130 is the perfect choice for many auto enthusiasts, mechanics and DIY’ers.
4.2 out of 5 stars – See the latest rating, user reviews and save 63% here…