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Old February 9th, 2017, 10:15   #1
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I'm new to VW cars. I am thinking of buying myself a VagCom VCDS. Not sure which one to buy. I would use it on the car I have and have other family members that have VW's and various other cars. I could utilize it a fair bit. Any suggestions for a beginner who would move up to intermediate quickly from using it and learning about it?
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Old February 9th, 2017, 10:35   #2
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Well you wont have much luck with other cars.
The best value right now is the HEX-V2 Enthusiast. Limited to 3 cars for $200, or 10 cars $300.
You really just want to go to their website (ross-tech.com) and look around. You may even find a used one, just be sure you get a proper license.
I don't think the more expensive pro models contain more software functions, just lots of hardware.
Windows OS 7-10 is a system requirement.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 11:14   #3
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I vote for HEX-V2 as well, just got mine last week and it's going to be a very useful tool.

One thing I wanted to mention/ask is it seems you can scan/diagnose/remove fault codes without having to use up 1 the the 3 VIN #s. Someone feel free to clarify/correct that as I'm curious as well. I was able to autoscan and clear faults without using up 1 of the 3 allowed VINs even after I registered.

I bought the enthusiast version and it didn't ask for my VIN until I tried to mess with the coding (gauge staging)....from there it documented my VIN and now shows 1/3 VINs used.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 12:20   #4
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Groovy, it really boils down to how many VW/Audi vehicles will you be working with?

The VCDS software may do some non VW family cars via the OBDII function:
http://www.ross-tech.com/vcds/tour/obd-2.html

If the OBDII function works on a non VW/Audi vehicle, then consider that a free gift with purchase.

Please feel free to call up our sales department if you have any questions.
http://www.ross-tech.com/contact.php
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Old February 9th, 2017, 12:25   #5
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One thing I wanted to mention/ask is it seems you can scan/diagnose/remove fault codes without having to use up 1 the the 3 VIN #s. Someone feel free to clarify/correct that as I'm curious as well.
With the HEX-V2, you will have limited function of the VCDS software without locking down a VIN. So running Auto-Scans, clearing fault codes or looking at live data is fine. It is when you go to do certain advance functions that a VIN lock will get triggered and a pop up message will appear to confirm the locking of the VIN.

More details on this from my Benevolent Dictator (boss) can be found here:
http://forums.ross-tech.com/showthre...-Interface-FAQ
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Old February 9th, 2017, 14:56   #6
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With the HEX-V2, you will have limited function of the VCDS software without locking down a VIN. So running Auto-Scans, clearing fault codes or looking at live data is fine. It is when you go to do certain advance functions that a VIN lock will get triggered and a pop up message will appear to confirm the locking of the VIN.

More details on this from my Benevolent Dictator (boss) can be found here:
http://forums.ross-tech.com/showthre...-Interface-FAQ

Awesome, thank you for clearing that up.

Also for the info of the OBDII funtions "possibly" working on other vehicles....beats un-routing and re-routing my Scanguage II wire behind the steering wheel every time I want to scan one of my other cars as I don't have a regular OBDII scanner.
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Old February 10th, 2017, 04:06   #7
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I'm new to VW cars. I am thinking of buying myself a VagCom VCDS. Not sure which one to buy. I would use it on the car I have and have other family members that have VW's and various other cars. I could utilize it a fair bit. Any suggestions for a beginner who would move up to intermediate quickly from using it and learning about it?
I have done the buyback with my car, but I have the HEX-CAN version cable if you're interested in buying it. Send me a PM
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Old February 16th, 2017, 22:53   #8
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So will the HEX V2 will be enough to cover me on timing belt changes and possibly IQ adjustments? New here as well and looking for a basic setup that will cover me on these and other adjustments as I build/maintain my daily driver.
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Old February 17th, 2017, 18:00   #9
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The HEX-V2 will give you full dealer level diagnostics on VW/Audi from 1995 up to current year models. With the VE class of TDI engines, the VCDS software comes with the TDI Timing Checker:

http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-scope/TDIGraph.html

With our current hardware (interfaces), it isn't a question of "will this work on my car", they all do. It is a question of "how many cars do I plan to work on?"

The $199 HEX-V2 3 VIN gives you full function on up to 3 vehicles. The $299 HEX-V2 10 VIN gives you full function on up to 10 vehicles.

You only have that one VW, then the $199 HEX-V2 3 VIN will be just fine.

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