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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Jay, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Jay
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    Hi,

    Is it worth buying a diagnostic scart cable off ebay or is it a scam?

    I thought these kits cost £hundreds but the scart/usb cables are going for around £50.

    Cheers
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    Oddly enough I'm the market for a VAG-COM and have been considering getting one off eBay. The Sellers are in HK and US which makes me a bit edgy, but they do have good reps :search:

    Cheers,

    Mark.
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    Spend what you can afford to loose, because if you buy it and its ****, you've lost your money.

    I bought a proper one in the end.
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    i bought one on ebay and it works a treat :)
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    Scart cable???? You plug your TV into your car???

    :happy:
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    Well spotted!!!
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    Which one did you go for and which model car do you have?

    I'm not 100% sure which is the correct version to order for a MY2001 S3 :uhm:

    Cheers,

    Mark.
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    i just ordered the serial to ODBII cable and got a copy of vagcom
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    make sure your computer has a serial port before ordering a serial lead. usb is more common:icon_thumright:

    dosen't really matter what type of cable you get as long as it has the right connection for your computer (usb or serial) and car. You just need to get the right software for the lead from ross-tech
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    My clunky old VAIO laptop is blessed with serial and USB ports, but I'll get a USB lead so I can use it on my brother's laptop if I need to :)

    Time to hit eBay!

    Cheers,

    Mark.
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    Let us know how it goes MarkyB, im lookin for one 2
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    i hear the usb leads can be a bit iffy sometimes.. hence i went for the serial to ODBII lead :)
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    alpha-bid on ebay in the USA (ship to the UK in 5 days) is a good one, loads of people on ASN including me have bought one, works a treat & cheap.
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    Thanks timps, you are a STAR! :)

    I'll let the rest of you guys know how I get on when the VAG-COM arrives.

    Cheers,

    Mark.
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    I got a cable off ebay, works just fine except it only works with vag com 4, and also some of the controllers are not accessible i.e lights/clocks

    Doesnt really affect me tho as it gets all the major stuff, engine brakes etc also central locking and a good bit more

    just be aware before you buy it probably wont allow you to tinker with everything the full version does.

    However i paid 20 quid for mine and ross tech want about £300 for a full vag com cable and software, jog on!
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    Do you know which cable or kit on Alpha bid would I need for a A3 8L 1.8T 2000 facelift model?

    thanks
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    Also for the equivalent of £50 you can buy the full vag com licence from Ross-Tech for VAG com 409 if you need the full functionality over shareware at a later date.

    VAG com 409 full version works fine with my alpha-bid usb .
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    Thanks for the info Claude.

    Might seem like a silly question but what restrictions does the shareware have compared to the full version.

    I basically wanna check why the engine management light keeps lighting up every now and again. Will the shareware version allow me to diagnose this?

    thanks
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    yes, the shareware version will let you check the fault codes :)
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    Does anyone know if it works with Mac's:think:?? I got a Powerbook G4
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    This is the shareware Function Chart gives you the differences between registered and shareware.
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    Unfortunately no it will not work with Mac's.:(

    Edited to add: more info Here
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    I have a problem with my lead. It works fine on a Desktop PC but it can't find the interface using a Dell laptop. any ideas? I've changed the com port settings, but still no joy.
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    Cool...i'll have to nick my sisters Vaio then :ninja:
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