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Old 16-11-13, 23:12
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yup cheapo ones mainly read generic codes only, so you get the car's vin number and not much else, seems to me each manufacturer has their ones codes, VAG Com and VDS Lite gets my vote
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Old 17-11-13, 05:41
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But which one to get?

The vag-com is too expensive (unless you know of a cheap option?) and the scangauge II I can't seem to find?


http://www.scangauge.com/

I bought the Scangauge for its trip computer features just as much for its EOBD fault reading features (The RAV4 I had had a OBC that was totally inaccurate to start with, and was used via the Head Unit, so when I replaced the OEM head unit with a Kenwood Sat-Nav unit, I wanted something to give me OBC features again.

I think the comment about the "cheapo units get you VIN and not much else" is a bit unfair. There is a whole long list of codes that are standardised across manufacturers which all these readers can report on - and reset.
Something like VAGcom, I presume going by the name, will be better for VAG group vehicles, but maybe not a lot of use for others? So more a product for a VAG specialist I would guess?
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Old 17-11-13, 16:33
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http://www.scangauge.com/

I bought the Scangauge for its trip computer features just as much for its EOBD fault reading features (The RAV4 I had had a OBC that was totally inaccurate to start with, and was used via the Head Unit, so when I replaced the OEM head unit with a Kenwood Sat-Nav unit, I wanted something to give me OBC features again.

I think the comment about the "cheapo units get you VIN and not much else" is a bit unfair. There is a whole long list of codes that are standardised across manufacturers which all these readers can report on - and reset.
Something like VAGcom, I presume going by the name, will be better for VAG group vehicles, but maybe not a lot of use for others? So more a product for a VAG specialist I would guess?
Hmmm. Cheers for that link. That looks really good. I could fit it in me Golf to use as an OBC then get a spare cable so if i need to use it as a fault code reader for other cars, I can easily. Far better than buying a bit of kit that sits in the garage dormant 99% of the time..
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Old 17-11-13, 16:47
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Hmmm. Cheers for that link. That looks really good. I could fit it in me Golf to use as an OBC then get a spare cable so if i need to use it as a fault code reader for other cars, I can easily. Far better than buying a bit of kit that sits in the garage dormant 99% of the time..
If you do do this, then just to let you know the cable connection into the unit is actually an Ethernet CAT5 cable with an RJ45 connector, so if you an RJ4 coupler and a spare network cable, you should be able to keep your main golf cable nice and neat and use the spare for other cars
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Old 17-11-13, 19:23
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Default Re: Has anyone ever bought an engine fault code reader?..

hi, i bought a VS450 Vgate Fault Code Reader from ebay. its a bit more specific to VW Audi Seat Skoda than the general ones. got it as all my vehicles are vw although it does give you codes for other makes but you have to look the numbers up online to find out what it means. by no means state of art but does for basic stuff.
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