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VCDS vs TOAD

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by chazza55, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. chazza55
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    chazza55 got an S3 8L: living the dream

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    [Mar 13, 2013]
    Hello,

    I was planning on getting a genuine VCDS cable from NHN after having a bad experience with the cheapy eBay ones.

    In my research i have come across some software called TOAD that claims to be all singing all dancing for all OBDII cars.

    Now as much as I have an interest in scanning my own S3 and my parents have a Skoda and A3, in appeals to be able to scan my girlfriend's Honda and friends' cars if they needed to borrow it.

    Has anyone had any experience with TOAD and how does it stack up against VCDS? TOAD seems to have some offer on at the moment but there website sales technique seems quite pushy.

    I am usually of the opinion that if something is that good, they don't have to employ pushy sales techniques.

    Any views anyone? Link below to toad website:

    http://www.totalcardiagnostics.com/toad/

    Your thoughts are much appreciated.
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    Looks generic... VCDS is designed around the VAG group of cars and will also do generic OBDII for others... if you have a VAG I would say stick to VCDS...

    Its the std tool for specialists and enthusiasts alike... it may or may not decipher VAG specific faults and while it looks like it does logging I couldn't say how good it is...

    Personally not convinced... would rather go for an ebay cable and pay for VCDS lite tbh... people who do vag diagnostics speak fluent VCDS... you pop up with a load of issues reported by your TOAD then it may be a while before yo get an answer...

    Also... the way they are selling it sounds a little desperate... its like those crappy shopping channels on sky... YOU CAN GET ALL THIS INCLUDING A SPECIAL FREE GIFT (tampon dispenser, first 100 customers only) FOR A BARGAIN $9.99 + DELIVERY, TAX, TAX ON THE TAX etc...

    I am all over gadgets and software and its not doing anything for me...

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    Think you pretty much have the same opinion as me tuffty - thanks for the 2nd and valued opinion from someone with much more experience than myself.

    I was hoping for a cost effective solution for all but I think I will stick to my normal approach of paying a little more for quality in the form of VCDS.

    Will prob pickup a cheaper scanner for my 's Honda

    Thanks again.
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    check ebay and gumtree and the classifieds you might get lucky I got an orginal vcds hex can usb 2 months old for £220 good luck
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