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8V chassis A3 VCDS

1animal1 Oct 28, 2019

  1. 1animal1

    1animal1 The Clar!! it mouves!!!

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    I've been away from VAG for a while now and having sold my Vagcom cable, am in the market to get another compatible with the 8V chassis (3rd party). I have a K+Dcan usb and an OBD 2 enet cable which i have used for BM's up until now - I downloaded release 19.6 but cannot get either to connect, vcds recognises the com port but doesn't detect the lead, presuming i need another type of lead perhaps?

    Grateful for any help...

    cheee - ars
     
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  3. DJAlix

    DJAlix VAG Car Coding™ Limited Site Sponsor Gold Supporter VCDS Map User VAG Can Professional ODIS (Offboard Diagnostic System)

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    Needs a genuine VCDS cable as this acts as a security dongle also.
     
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  4. 1animal1

    1animal1 The Clar!! it mouves!!!

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    So the leads on the bay for £30-£50 won't give me basic fault finding?
     
  5. Khufu

    Khufu Registered User

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    i believe if you try to update a clone cable with the latest firmware (which you get with the latest software) it fries the cable so it wont work at all.
     
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  6. RS3 S.

    RS3 S. Registered User

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    For the money Carista is good for basic changes.
     
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  7. AndrewW

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    There are good clones out there which will not damage cars and can be updated to a degree as long as you know what you’re doing but there’s also some really dubious ones I wouldn’t plug into an old golf. They mostly look the same from the outside too so really hard to spot a good one.

    Basically if you’re not sure then buy genuine VCDS or a Carista / Carly setup
     
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  8. 1animal1

    1animal1 The Clar!! it mouves!!!

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    Thanks chaps, it's only for the wife's Q3 so not really worth throwing the money at it. I had my previous vcds (from NHN) for retrofits mainly.... It might be that Carly fits the bill, especially as I'll likely be able to use with the BM
     

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