Re: Is my GTV OBD2 compliant
As I understand the official situation with vehicles generally it is that US cars and light trucks were legally obliged to conform from 1996, and the EU standard (EOBD) came in October 2000. (EU diesels 2004). So the current standards that may be encountered if you plug into the 16 pin socket are a variety of five or six different SAE and/or ISO protocols.
I also thought that because EU motor manufacturers wanted to sell to either in the US or in Asian and middle east countries who always follow US standards… they might be compliant between 1996 and October 2000. This would vary from manufacturer and from model to model. (Eg on my old non alfa car you see the power come up pin 3 which is non compliant.)
Also Alfa and many other cars engine management system are of German BOSCH origin. They (BOSCH) would undoubtedly be fitted on makes (mercs, BMW’,VW’s s etc) being sold in the US prior to 2001 and thus compliant to the US OBD2 standard..
I though that some Alfa’s (Fiats) might have been compliant before the official date of late 2000.
I suppose a further complication could be that a the date of manufacture may be somewhat earlier than the date of registration.
Can anybody throw any light please. Is there perhaps a simple test that could be done? Eg which pin should carry the power and/or earth. I believe that US manufactured cars must show OBD2 compliance on their VIN plate under the bonnet. Is this an EU requirement also….. such that the absence of such on both my cars renders them non compliant.
Sorry to go on, but my imported Y reg GTV was first registered in 2002 as a 2001 car. But it could easily have been leaving the factory in mid 2000 I guess. (my 156 is registered early 2000)
Sorry for the wall of words and typos, no time to be concise. Thanks all