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    Vagcom / home logging

    well seeing as ive decided i cannot bring myself to part with the audi, i think i would benefit greatly from having my own vagcom and being able to do some of my own logging, as most of the problems i post up are easier explained/diagnosed with facts and figures to back it up

    i have this link saved: http://www.vagproducts.co.uk/vagcom.html

    is it really just a 20 cable? surely it costs more / there is more to it?

    thanks in advance

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    Looks like it only works with earlier shareware versions of VAGCOM which will give limited functionality.

    You can get the earlier version of VAGCOM to use with ebay/third party cables here...

    http://www.ross-tech.com/vcds/download/index.html

    All later versions use a dongle based approach to licensing with the cable so you effectively get a full version of VCDS for free if you by a licensed cable. Thats not cheap however...

    You can buy a license for VAGCOM for $99 if using a third party cable but not sure what version that entitles you too....

    http://www.ross-tech.com/Merchant2/m...ry_Code=VAGCOM

    ..,also very restrictive and you can only use it on one PC... proper cable allows you to use it on any PC running VCDS.

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    VCDS from Ross-Tech was the first thing I got when I bought my S3, its saved me hundreds of squids in diagnostic charges and has helped me diagnose loads of issues on my friends VAG cars.

    I paid almost 300 for the package as it comes from the US and you have to pay some import duty tax too! It's paid for itself in a year though. If I ever sell my car and dont get another VAG car these cables re-sell quite well 2nd hand so I wont loose too much cash.
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    yer see this is my thinking, not only can i self diagnose, but doing all the logs will help me btter understand what is going on with my motor

    alot of places will charge 50 just to plug vagcom in!!!

    yer i think the vcds actually works out to 220 and then as you say theres import/duty tax to pay, its defo something im looking into

    i may look at a 2nd hand one and then pay the $99 license charge, see if it works out any cheaper

    thanks for the replies you two

    actually i just found this on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VCDS-VAG-COM-H...item27aeae3b52

    underneath the list of applications it says to never update the software, whats that all about? is that right? it seems a bit too cheap to be everything i wanted?
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    This is the one I have... does earlier K-line cars but not newer CANBUS cars... not a prob for me as I don't intend getting rid of my S3 anytime soon...
    http://www.gendan.co.uk/product_VCKU.html

    This one does the lot though...
    http://www.gendan.co.uk/product_VCHUB.html

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    im guessing canbus is what newer models use, like the 8p s3? and that k line would be the 8l era and earlier?

    the two main things i want is code reading/resetting and live logging, i may well go with the one i linked above, but if not i will look into the one you have tuffty

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    Send a pm to NHN as he is a genuine VCDS seller in the uk and can probably sell to you for cheaper than getting it yourself from the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westle View Post
    Send a pm to NHN as he is a genuine VCDS seller in the uk and can probably sell to you for cheaper than getting it yourself from the US.
    ahhhh nice one, will do

    cheers guys!!

 

 

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