BlueDriver

4 Reviews

2.4/5

What is BlueDriver?

BlueDriver is a consumer and enthusiast-grade OBD scanning solution from Lemur Vehicle Monitors, a Canadian firm that manufactures scan tools, automotive tools, and accessories. At first glance, you might think that it’s no different from the myriad of OBD scanners on the market for novices and enthusiasts. This might make you question as to why BlueDriver costs two to three times as much as other devices. What’s so special about BlueDriver? Well, read on, and we’ll do our best to explain. 

There’s a reason why Toms Guide rates BlueDriver as one of the top choices in their list of Best OBD-II Scanners, and that’s because it’s an automotive diagnostic tool that delves deeper than the feature set of other offerings. BlueDriver is said to undertake an in-depth look at a vehicle’s systems and offer suggestions on how to fix any errors as well. This is much more than lesser-priced devices, many of which will simply present you with a list of error codes that you must decipher yourself by undertaking an internet search armed with the codes. If you’re lucky, some devices will translate this into plain English, resulting in a message such as “Crankshaft Sensor Issue”, which once again requires some Google detective work and possibly a workshop visit.

Simply put, BlueDriver is a Bluetooth OBD scanner that plugs into your vehicle’s OBD-II port and communicates with the accompanying app that’s installed on your smart device. From here, you can scan your vehicle as well as obtain an in-depth analysis and receive confirmed fixes for the issues detected. BlueDriver has the ability to read and clear error codes, generate error reports, conduct advanced Mode-6 tests, smog checks, freeze frame data and present live data supported by the vehicle as well. However, it should be noted that BlueDriver does not offer coding at the time of writing.

How do you use BlueDriver?

To start using BlueDriver, you need the BlueDriver OBD scan tool, as well as the BlueDriver app installed on your smart device of choice. The app works with Android and Apple devices, so unless you’re using an obscure mobile phone that’s not on either of these operating systems, you’re pretty much covered in the app compatibility angle.

How do you know if your vehicle has an OBD-II port? If it was manufactured during or after 1996, there’s a pretty good chance that it does. If the car was manufactured after the mid-2000s, the chances it has an OBD-II port are pretty much a dead cert. Nevertheless, you could either check your vehicle manufacturer’s website support section, vehicle owner’s manual or undertake a quick Google search. The BlueDriver website states that the standard features work on any vehicle with an OBD-II port, as well as presents a list of manufacturers and models for which the enhanced feature set will work as well.

Once you’ve got the BlueDriver OBD scanner in your hand and the app installed on your phone, the next step is to locate the OBD-II port on your vehicle. It will be inside the cabin and may be in the driver footwell, beneath the steering column, inside a storage compartment, inside the glove box, or behind a trim piece lower down. Once again, your vehicle owner’s manual will reveal the location, or a quick Google search will do the job. 

Once you’ve located the OBD-II port and plugged the BlueDriver OBD scanner into it, simply start your car, pair the device with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and fire up the app. The app’s intuitive interface ensures that you will quickly get the hang of it.

How much does BlueDriver cost?

The BlueDriver OBD Scan tool costs $120 and is a one-time purchase. BlueDriver offers a one-year limited warranty, plus free shipping on all orders. If you change your mind, they have a 180-day risk-free return policy as well. The app itself is free to download, and BlueDriver proudly states that there are no in-app fees or add-ons — one purchase simply gets you everything you need. The one-time purchase refers to the BlueDriver OBD Scan tool, as the app will only work with it. 

Given that an OBD scan at a workshop can cost between $40–$60, just three scans are enough to offset the cost of BlueDriver. Since it’s recommended to undertake an OBD scan of your vehicle’s systems at least every quarter, and more frequently if you rack up high monthly mileages, you could potentially recover the cost of BlueDriver within six months.

Where can I buy BlueDriver?

The best place is the BlueDriver website, which directs you to Amazon or Walmart as purchase location options. This way, you can be sure that it’s the real thing, not a cheap knockoff, as the internet is rife with counterfit OBD-II devices that mimic established brands. Therefore, it’s best to either choose the Amazon or Walmart link directly from BlueDriver’s website.

You could probably check out BlueDriver in person at a Walmart store, but it’s best to check and verify that the device is carried by your chosen store before making the trip down there.

Toms Guide gave BlueDriver a 4.5 out of 5.0 review, noting that the positives include the repair suggestions, enhanced code reading ability, and an excellent phone app. However, the cons included the size of the BlueDriver OBD Scan tool, which is larger than competitors, and the fact that the enhanced set of features didn’t work on all vehicles.Nevertheless, a 4.5 out of 5.0 is a great result.

On Amazon, BlueDriver has over 33,000 reviews, of which 81% are five stars and 12% are four stars. That’s a spectacular performance and results in an overall 4.7 out of 5.0 rating. Users praised the enhanced feature set and easy-to-understand app however some faced intermittent issues with the Bluetooth connection.

On the Apple App store, the BlueDriver app has garnered over 8,000 reviews with an average score of 4.7 out of 5.0. Recent reviews are mainly four and five stars, indicating that previous bugs in the app have largely been fixed.

On the Android Play Store, the BlueDriver app carries a 4.1 out of 5.0 rating, averaged across over 11,000 reviews. Once again, recent reviews are mostly four and five stars.

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Latest Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5
July 19, 2022

This scanner is great! It reads much more than engine trouble codes. It helped diagnose and repair: no sound from radio, 4wd actuator replacement, and a faulty clock spring for my Jeep Grand Cherokee. In addition to reading codes, the app also has a list of potential solutions for most of the codes it reads. Saved a trip, or 2, to the mechanic and I got it on sale!

Shawn
Rated 4 out of 5
July 19, 2022

A great low cost, easily portable reader. I have other much more expensive and comprehensive scanners. But this one gives a quick and accurate reading, with plenty of PIDs.

Stephen
Rated 1 out of 5
July 19, 2022

Repeatedly crashes on launch. Completely unusable . Now that I’m reading reviews, apparently this is an unsolved known issue. Why are you telling people it is compatible with Android 8+ when it totally crashes and burnns and you know it’s incompatible???

JC Collins
Rated 1 out of 5
July 19, 2022

At first use it was good… gradually it will scan and scan to find the driver… hesitate to connect…. u have to enter everything manually for the bluedriver to detect what type of vehicle it is scanning. I feel like it is waste of money .. i hope they return this product.. very disappointed.

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