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Looking for the right VAG-COM tool

Dmitri Jan 2, 2011

  1. Dmitri

    Dmitri New Member

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    Hello,
    I am trying to access the headlight range control (group 55). New to VAG-COM....Audi S4 2005 4.2, manufactured in 2004, VIN waupl68e95a098310. Several questions:

    1. What will be better: to buy a USB cable and software ( my laptop has win 7) or to look for a scanner?

    2. What protocols should be used with my car: "standard" OBD2 VAG COM or CAN-BUS?

    3. May I trust ebay info or should I look for more reliable (= expensive) sources?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. hades-

    hades- Yorkshire & Humber Rep. Regional Rep VCDS Map User

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  3. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    PM NHN on here, he'll sort you out and you know you can trust him.
     
  4. Dmitri

    Dmitri New Member

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    Thank you Bez101 and Quattrojames. What is NHN (I am new to this forum)?
     
  5. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    NHN (Nigel) is a well established foum member who can do you a good deal on a genuine VCDS cable.
     
  6. crazy88

    crazy88 Loving the anonymity

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    Gendan automotive sell them too. Got mine next day from them.
     
  7. Dmitri

    Dmitri New Member

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  8. cobraBLACK

    cobraBLACK Chocolate? It's doo-doo, baby!

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    My S4 was registered in 2004 but it's a 53 plate so presumably built in 2003. I take it the same cable would be applicable for me too.

    What about the software? That's around £200, right?
     
  9. fourcircle

    fourcircle nj

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    That's a hong kong special. the cable is a rosstech copy and they will provide you with cracked VCDS software so it should work OK but be aware that you won't get any support for installation or use and there can be problems with antivirus programs. If you get one just be aware that before you install it make sure your antivirus is disabled completely, otherwise it may flag the crack as a trojan and disabled it. So you end up with a trial version of the software really and that won't do what you need.

    Noel
     

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