Is It True That Cars in South Africa are not OBD2 Compliant?

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Cars from any countries within Africa (including South Africa), Uruguay, Colombia, and Bolivia doesn’t support OBD2. But all rules have some exception. Let’s find out why does it happened, and which cars in South Africa are most likely to be compatibility with OBD2.

There are a lot of car brands and models which are 100% OBD2 compliant, but none general international list of such cars can be a guarantee that those standards will work in South Africa. OBD2 requirements may not apply to all South African cars as South African manufacturers don't have to comply with the OBD2 Standard.

In most cases, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi, Subaru, Mazda, Jeep, Chrysler, Toyota and petrol BMW's are OBD2 compliant. Whereas in general, South African diesel BMW's, Opel and Nissan are NOT OBD2 compliant. However, since 2004 some manufacturers have implemented none OBD2 Compliant implementations of the CAN System. So, for some makes BMW and Toyota some models will be compatible and some not!

As you can see, the answer to the question can not be totally clear.

For example:

Make(1)

Model

Engine

AM

Fuel

P(2)

Protocol

Mode 1

Mode 2

Mode 5(3)

Mode 6

Mode 7

Mode 9

BMW Serie 1

BMW

116i

1.6i

2005

Gas

115

KWP FAST

BE1FB811
80000000

00000000

C3800001
0001C000

80000000

Yes

FC000000

BMW
(x2)

116d

2.0

2009
2011

Diesel

115

CAN 11bit
500kb

983B801B
B0192011
CCD00000

583B0001
20002001
40000000

No

No

Yes

54400000

BMW
(x8)

118d

2.0 d

2004
2005
2006

Diesel

122

KWP FAST

983B0011
80000000

583B0000

No

00000001
00000001
00000001
00000000

Yes

FC000000

BMW

118d

2.0 d

2007

Diesel

122

CAN 11bit
500kb

983B801B
B0192011
CCD00000

583B0011
80000000

No

No

Yes

54400000

Mode X column: A vehicle showing 00000000 on a mode means that no corresponding PID is active and that as a result the mode is supported but will not reply to any requests. Mode 8 is not supported.

The only way to know for sure if the car is compatible is to plug it in and test it!!

List of Compatible OBD2 and ELM 327 Vehicles Tested (NOT all models of the marks)

  • Alfa Romeo
  • Honda
  • Mahindra
  • Porsche
  • Audi
  • Huyndai
  • Mazda
  • Renault
  • BMW
  • Isuzu
  • Mercedes
  • Saab
  • Chevrolet
  • Jaguar
  • Mini
  • Seat
  • Volvo
  • Chrysler
  • Jeep
  • Mitsubishi
  • Smart
  • VW
  • Citroen
  • Kia
  • Nissan
  • Ssangyong
  • Fiat
  • LandRover
  • Opel
  • Subaru
  • Ford
  • Lexus
  • Peugeot
  • Toyota



Protocols are not the last thing, in the question of OBD2 Compliant Car. There are several protocols marked with Letters and Digitals, as follows: ISO, VPW, PWM, KWP, SAE, CAN. 

We will present an article about the difference between OBD protocols and their meanings later. Follow us on our FB page and Instagram, not to miss this topic.

Check the OBD1 list to see if it's supported by your car. If it is, OBD2 Scanner will work — together with ALDL cable which you can buy separately.

ALDL cable – which one to choose?

First of all, a check with ALDL cable is more complicated, and you will need more time to connect to the car. There is no guarantee that the ALDL cable which you will buy will work with the mark and model of currently your car. There are two variants of how to choose the perfect ALDL cable:

  1. Ask on the local forum;
  2. Go to the Dealer Service Shop (the best one);

There are 3 things you need to record diagnostic data based on OBD1 system on your car (1982 - 1995):

  1. A PC (laptop), to collect, to log, and to analyze the OBD data;
  2. An ALDL cable to interface your PC to the ALDL OBDI diagnostic port;
  3. A software program running on your PC to capture the OBD data.

  • 12-Pin Version ALDL cables are more spread. It is OBD1 Standart

  • 16-Pin Version ALDL cables are less spread. It is an OBD2 connector, but it has an OBD1 system.

Anyway, the result is possible only by trial and error method. In this article, we have provided information that will facilitate your task, but if your car does not support OBD2, self-diagnosis will be more difficult.

Click here to learn more