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All cars and light trucks built and sold in the United States after January 1st 1996 were required to be OBDII equipped. In general, this means all 1996 model year cars and light trucks are compliant, even if built in late 1995.

1996 and newer year vehicles sold in the United States

United States legislation requires all cars and light trucks model year (MY) 1996 and newer to be OBD2 compliant. More information is available on the EPA’s website.

2001 and newer year gasoline vehicles sold in the European Union

Commission Directive 70/220/EEC, Annex I:

8.1. Vehicles with positive-ignition engines With effect from 1 January 2000 for new types and from 1 January 2001 for all types, vehicles of category M1, except vehicles the maximum mass of which exceeds 2500 kg, and vehicles of category N1 class I, must be fitted with an on-board diagnostic (OBD) system for emission control in accordance with Annex XI. […]
Note that here “European Union” means countries which were members of the EU in 2000.

2004 and newer year diesel vehicles sold in the European Union

Commission Directive 70/220/EEC, Annex I:

8.2. Vehicles with compression-ignition engines Vehicles of category M1, except – vehicles designed to carry more than six occupants including the driver, – vehicles whose maximum mass exceeds 2500 kg, from 1 January 2003 for new types and from 1 January 2004 for all types, must be fitted with an on-board diagnostic (OBD) system for emission control in accordance with Annex XI.

Note that here “European Union” means countries which were members of the EU in 2003.

Other Vehicles

Other regions passed laws requiring OBD2 compliance for newer vehicles. Here is an approximate list of countries and model years where laws require OBD2 compliance for light duty vehicles.
 
  • Argentina – 2009
  • Australia – 2006 (gas), 2007 (diesel)
  • Brazil – 2007 (gas)
  • Canada – 1998
  • China – 2009
  • Chile – 2013 (diesel), 2014 (gas)
  • European Union – 2001 (gas), 2004 (diesel)
  • Hong Kong – 2006
  • Israel – 2003
  • India – 2010
  • Japan – 2002
  • Mexico – 2006
  • Morocco – 2011
  • New Zealand – 2006
  • Russia – 2012
  • Taiwan – 2008
  • Thailand – 2013
  • United States – 1996

Still not sure? Two factors will show if your vehicle is definitely OBDII equipped:

  1. Where will be an OBDII connector
  2. There will be a sticker or notice under the hood stating the vehicle is OBDII compliant
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