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Torque App Review – The Android App for the Modern Petrolhead

Last Updated on 17th February 2016 by JC Staff

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I love gadgets. I also, believe it or not, love cars. Imagine my delight when I realised my new car can allow me to unleash my inner geek via a standard OBD2 interface, a Bluetooth adapter and the Torque app via Android.

I'm a little late to the party with this one, as it's been available for a few years now - but my new Subaru Impreza is now packing an OBD2 port that my previous Toyota MR2 was lacking.

So how does the Torque app work?

It's super easy. You'll obviously need to ensure your vehicle has an OBD2 interface as without one you won't be getting very far.

You'll then need to get your hands on a Bluetooth adapter for the OBD2 port, an Android device (I used my Galaxy SIII LTE) and download either Torque Lite (free) or Torque Pro (£2.99 - buy it, it's pocket change!).

I'd heard people were having high success rates using cheap Bluetooth adapters purchased from the likes of eBay, so I also went down the cheap and cheerful route.

I purchased a Mini Bluetooth 'ELM327' OBD2 Adapter from eBay for a grand total of £6.99 (this very one, to be precise) and waited for the post to arrive.

So for less than ten quid I'd bagged myself a fully featured ECU diagnostics tool that I can carry around in my pocket!

First impressions?

It's awesome. The amount of metrics that can be measured, monitored and logged is very impressive indeed. I won't rant on about each individual feature as it's a little overwhelming and I'll be here a very long time, but I'll say it again. It's awesome.

At the moment I'm still getting to grips with the Torque app, but I've ensured my ECU isn't reporting any fault codes (it's not - phew!), and had fun experimenting with creating my own Subaru inspired 'theme' to match the actual gauges on my dash. What do you think?

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Oh, and a final tip for owners of 2003 onwards Subaru Impreza's. The OBD2 port is recessed into the plastic moulding underneath the steering wheel, which means you might be better off not buying the smaller 'mini' OBD2 adapter and opting for the regular size. Why?

Upon pushing my adapter into the port, it struck me - how the hell am I supposed to get it back out again!? Luckily with some precision *ahem* maneuvering with a blunt object I managed to get the adapter free. I then swiftly set about modifying the adapter to allow for a quicker removal in the future!

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So if you're fond of data sets or just want a slick looking display to measure your vehicle's hidden metrics, go buy an adapter and download the Torque app!

You can view the official website of the Torque app right here, including a useful forum and Wiki guide should you need assistance.

Over to you, let us know what you think in the comments below! Or, as always, create your free account to join the JapClassifieds community and sell your car(s) for free.

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  1. Torque is such a good app. I use it in my Impreza too. The theme you made is sick, I only have a WRX though so the STI would look a bit out of place haha.

    • I honestly can’t recommend it enough. Now that I’m driving home in the dark evenings, it makes my interior look so cool. I would release the theme to the developer, but I think he has a rule about trademarks (STi logo etc).

      If anybody is interested get in touch and I can send you the files though.

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