What OBD (On Board Diagnostics) protocol does my car use?

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There is a chance that your car may not use any OBD protocol. Many vehicles are able to communicate with some form of scan tool, but may not use an OBDII protocol (which is what ELM ICs support). If your car is older, or from a country that does not require OBD, then your car may not respond to OBD requests for data.

A vehicle’s ability to communicate using OBDII really depends on the age of the vehicle, and the market that it was manufactured to be sold in. It is difficult for us to provide an accurate table of this data for you, as most countries set a date for full compliance, and also provide a ‘phase-in’ period in which the OBD requirements increase over time. Some do not publish their requirements openly, and some have different requirements for urban and rural areas.

With the help of our users and from published information, we have been able to come up with the following list of dates for light duty vehicles:

  • Algeria – 2014
  • Argentina – 2009
  • Australia – 2006 (gas), 2007 (diesel)
  • Bahrain – 2017 (basic), 2018 (OBDII)
  • Bolivia – 2021?
  • Brazil – 2007 (gas), 2015 (diesel)
  • Canada – 1998
  • China – 2005 to 2009 (gas), 2011 (diesel)
  • Chile – 2013 (diesel), 2014 (gas)
  • Colombia – none
  • Costa Rica – 2017 (basic)
  • European Union – 2001 (gas), 2004 (diesel)
  • Fiji – 2015 (imports), 2016? (all)
  • Hong Kong – 2006
  • Indonesia – 2016?
  • Iran – 2012
  • Israel – 2003
  • India – 2013 (some cities), 2017 (all)
  • Japan – 2002 (basic), 2008 (domestic), 2010 (imports)
  • Kuwait – 2017 (basic), 2018 (OBDII)
  • Malaysia – 2015?
  • Mexico – 2006 (basic), 2013
  • Morocco – 2010
  • Nigeria – 2015
  • New Zealand – 2006
  • Oman – 2017 (basic), 2018 (OBDII)
  • Peru – 2017
  • Philippines – 2016
  • Qatar – 2017 (basic), 2018 (OBDII)
  • Russia – 2010 to 2012
  • Saudi Arabia – 2017 (basic), 2018 (OBDII)
  • Singapore – 2014
  • South Korea – 2005 to 2010
  • Taiwan – 2008
  • Thailand – 2013
  • Turkey – 2013
  • Ukraine – 2018

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