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Default OBDII and EOBD2

Why do OBDII and EOBD tools not work on all cars from 1996 in the UK and Europe?
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Default Re: OBDII and EOBD2

In 1996 in the United States, a Federal Law came into force requiring all US-sold cars to be OBDII compliant (On-Board Diagnostics Second Generation). Most OBDII tools are therefore advertised as working with all cars from 1996.
The OBDII Federal Law applied only to cars sold in the US.
In the UK and the rest of Europe, our equivalent law (European On-Board Diagnostics, or EOBD) did not come into force, and more importantly, was not fully implemented by our car manufacturers until 2001 for petrol cars and 2004 for diesels.
Where an OBDII tool is sold in the UK/Europe claiming to work on all cars from 1996, this is highly unlikely to be the case.
Even where a seemingly identical car may have been sold in Europe and the US before 2001, from our testing and research, it is rarely the case that the European model will be OBDII/EOBD compliant.
The fact that we sell these tools as only working with 2001 and newer petrols (and similarly 2004+ diesels) is due to the fact that we are being honest in the coverage, rather than simply duplicating the sales information from the US.
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