Old Citroen Xsara Picasso lose power, FoxWell NT301 code reader fix it (Review)
Old Citroen Xsara Picasso lose power, FoxWell NT301 code reader fix it
I used FoxWell NT301 CAN OBDII EOBD code reader
to diagnose old Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.8l 16v when it started to lose power and idle erratically and the engine fault light came on. Here I would like to share my little review on this little great tool.
I have one 14 year faithful old Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.8l 16v, it suddenly began to lose power and idle occasionaly and the engine warning light came on. I am not very familiar with the modern fuel injection systems. I read on the Picasso Owners forum about code readers and bought FoxWell NT301 from FoxWellTool
. I verified it worked. It read out the fault code and suggests the EGR valve and the fuel injectors to be the possible causes. The EGR valve was full of hard deposits, easily cleaned though. The fuel injectors will be cleaned or replaced. The car is running quite well now and averages about 38 mpg in the rural area where I live. Motor service outfits where I live charge about £40 to examine the codes logged on a cars computer, The Foxwell NT301 is well made and sturdy and I had no problems installing the software on my computer.
Following parts are more details I feel about FoxWell NT301 code reader.
Outlook and using tips:
Received FoxWell NT301 packed with a little carry case, it is a nice addition :)
Foxwell NT301 is reasonably well constructed and should survive the odd knock or two. The screen is clear and the keyboard firm and positive to use. As the keyboard is not of the membrane type then I guess one should keep liquids/fluid away from it.
The three dedicated LEDs (Green - all Ok, Yellow - pending DTCs, Red - firm DTCs - MIL light activate) give a great quick guide as to vehicle EOBD status.
The EOBD connecting lead is of adequate length and well finished with moulded strain reliefs at both ends.
The on-board HELP is very limited but the User Manual is concise and informative so not too much to complain about really.
Plus Points-Lifetime free software updates are a big bonus:
Although a scan tool of this type only focusses/dedicates itself to EOBD diagnostics and regular updating is not required the ability and access to free updates is most welcome.
No show stoppers however on my unit and with the USB lead supplied I found that the hole in the grip surround was just a little to small making the USB connection intermittent. However opening the whole up a little allowed the plug to go fully home.
support is excellent which is why I have bought from them several months since I ordered the first one product.
$79 free shipping worldwide with lifetime software update, it is reasonable.
Who need Foxwell NT301/ Target Users?
In conclusion, Foxwell NT301 is a great little tool for someone new to car diagnostics and wants just a little more functionality than a simple code reader. For those who already have more advanced PC based scan tools or other advanced tools that you do not want to carry all the time with you, especially when away on holiday, then the NT301 is an ideal backup tool to keep in the car for emergency use.