I have a Monitor 4000 that would work on your car with the standard "Chrysler / Ford / GM cartridge. Later I bought a Chrysler DRB3 because with an extra plug-in card, it will work on all of my vehicles back to '83 models. A lot of repair shops bought those because with that same card, it will do emissions-related stuff on all car brands, but only on '96 and newer models.
The reason I mentioned that is because the dealer-level scanners have been replaced by newer stuff, and a lot of shops are willing to sell their older equipment. You might stop in and ask around at a few shops. The dealer-level scanner for your car is the Tech2. I didn't use that one very much, but its operation was very similar to the DRB3. You might look on eBay too for a Tech2, but be sure they specify it will work on your year and model.
One of the most popular aftermarket scanners is the Snapon Solus Edge, but Snapon is one of those companies that has very customer-unfriendly business practices. I was going to buy one for my newer truck that the DRB3 doesn't work on, but I learned the annual updates are unreasonably expensive, and you can't skip any years. If you want to update it to the latest software version, you also have to buy every other annual update you're missing. Most other scanner manufacturers include all the latest information in every update, so you can skip three of four years if you want to. Of course, with the Snapon scanners, if it has everything you need, you don't have to have it updated ever, but they lose their resale value very quickly if you don't. The scanner costs $3900.00, but the updates are $1000.00 per year!
You might look for the guys who visit the repair shops each week with the tool trucks. Ask what they have in the "used drawer", or what they have available at home. Sometimes they have a sale pending for a new scanner dependent on them finding a home for the customer's old equipment. The popular tool trucks are from MAC, Matco, and Cornwell, as well as Snapon. Any mechanic can tell you when their salespeople show up. Be aware though they are usually only there for an hour, and some shop owners only allow them to visit, (cut into their customers' time), during lunch hours or mid-day breaks. You might have to wait until their business is done.
If you only want to use it on an '89 model, search on eBay for a Snapon MT2500. We called that the "red brick", because, ... Well, ... It looks like a red brick. Those were updated by buying a newer cartridge, and you'll find those all over the place. This scanner uses two plug-in cartridges at the same time. You'll find a lot of these listed for sale, so you'll be able to get an idea of their current value, and what to offer for one at a local shop. You'll usually find a bunch of these on Craig's List too. An often-overlooked place is the government institution auction sites. Community colleges list a lot of stuff on those sites. My Automotive program had two MT2500s but they were sold on auction a few years ago. I watch every day on a site called "Public Surplus". Mainly I've been searching high and low for a rust-free '88 Dodge Grand Caravan with 15" wheels, but I see scanners listed all the time. The disadvantage on this site is you usually have to drive to the place and pick up your treasures. Very few state they will pack and ship items.
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 AT 5:09 PM