Is Automatic compatible with cars older than 1996?

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Does Automatic work with cars older than 1996? I know officially it's not supported but I was wondering if it would still work.

I drive a 1995 VW Cabrio which is basically the same as the 1996 edition so what's the possibility of Automatic working for me?
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No, because OBD ports weren't standardized before 1996. There could be things about the connection points in your port that are different, even if it has an OBD port. You could always give it a shot, however, we can't guarantee that it will work and if you have problems, we won't be able to troubleshoot for you or provide official technical support. Sorry!
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Since folks keep asking the same question and getting the same response from Automatic (OBD not standardized prior to 1996), maybe some additional background will help...It is not Automatic that is defining the "standard." The U.S. Dept of Transportation defined the standards for OBD2 (2nd generation of the On Board Diagnostics port) that were required to be implemented in ALL vehicles in the U.S. The compliance date for all auto manufacturers was 1996. These "standards" include pin assignments (power, data, etc) and the list of a minimum number of data parameters that had to be reported through the OBD2 port/plug. Most auto manufacturers included their own extended list of proprietary data parameters, but the schema (format) to read these parameters is not available to the public. Is it possible that some auto manufacturers incorporated the OBD2 standards prior to 1996? Yes, and in those cases your Automatic device will likely work fine, but as they keep saying, they can't guarantee it because the official implementation date of the DOT standards was 1996...so ONLY 1996 models and newer will (for sure) provide the format the Automatic device is designed to use.