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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old June 2nd, 2012, 17:13   #31
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Go to the first post in this very thread. Click on every link in that post. There is a link that will take you to the very place (Ross-tech) you need to go to purchase that 'special cable' (micro-can) to operate the software (downloaded from Ross-tech) known as VCDS.

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Thanks Bill! Looks like the cable is $249. That has to be the most expensive cable I've ever seen. But hey, if it opens up some of these unlocked/hidden features in these cars I guess it's worth it, eh?

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Old June 2nd, 2012, 17:37   #32
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Worth every penny. It is also required for any sort of vehicle maintenance.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 17:43   #33
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Worth every penny. It is also required for any sort of vehicle maintenance.
Good to know! I'm fairly familiar as I've done some tuning on my "Terminator" mustang in the past, however, the VCDS looks a lot different. Thanks for all the tips I appreciate it a ton! Newbie but learning rapidly!
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Thanks Bill! Looks like the cable is $249. That has to be the most expensive cable I've ever seen. But hey, if it opens up some of these unlocked/hidden features in these cars I guess it's worth it, eh?
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Keep in mind, the cable maybe expensive, but the software is free.. but needs that cable to take full advantage of the software. Updates to the software are free as well. It only takes a few visits to the dealer avoided to pay for the cable. Try to get the dealer to activate the rain sensor or auto window/sunroof close, or any of the other goodies folks here have found. I have had my VCDS for 7 years... I am still learning things I can do with the system.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 14:40   #35
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I bought my Ross-Tech cable/software a couple weeks ago. It is well worth the price.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 16:42   #36
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I bought my Ross-Tech cable/software a couple weeks ago. It is well worth the price.
I'm definitely gonna buy one without any doubt

The cable that I'm looking at is the VCDS License with Micro-CAN Interface. Is that the correct one for my car? I just don't want to purchase the wrong one. Thanks!
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Old June 4th, 2012, 03:45   #37
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Yes, the Micro-CAN works great with the 2012 Passat. The HEX-USB+CAN for $100 more works as well, plus it adds support for older VW/Audi models as well as the more expensive current models. The Micro-CAN only works with cars based on mk5/mk6 Golf technology, so basically Passat/Jetta/Audi A3/etc. It doesn't work with the Touareg or Audi A6 for example.
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I bought the Micro-CAN version, since I will only be using it on our 2012 Passat. Works great!
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I bought the Micro-CAN version, since I will only be using it on our 2012 Passat. Works great!
Perfect! Thank you.
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Old June 12th, 2012, 14:33   #40
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You change the long coding on the instruments, then go through the MFD and turn everything back to US units.

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Got it, I think... Went thru 17 Instruments > Coding 07 > Long Coding Helper > Saudi and it changed from 231E01 to 631E01. Going to have to wait for a trip out of CA to test it where the speed limit is 75MPH.

Intruments > Adaptation > "Display correction of consumption and operating range", and changed the value from 100% to 105% to hopefully get my Consumption of 51 MPG more in line with actual of 48 to 49 MPG with pencil and paper.

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How do you like the new dinger? I think it's much nicer than the US one.
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How do you like the new dinger? I think it's much nicer than the US one.

Gotta find the right type of location for the ding dong to step into it enough to get it to ding... I think I'm going more for the dash visuals... blinky lights in the dash and stuff gets my attention quickly.

Maybe let the GF take it for a test drive without notifying her of the change. Would LOVE to get the expression on her face captured on video when it goes off in her face. She's in complete denial constantly about having a lead foot, and she's got the tickets to support it, too. Sometimes I forget, women in your life are always right.
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VeeDubTDI means the seatbelt dinger. Matt might have turned it off for you. With the new coding it only sounds when you first start the car, and not for the passenger.

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VeeDubTDI means the seatbelt dinger. Matt might have turned it off for you. With the new coding it only sounds when you first start the car, and not for the passenger.

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Ahhh... ya know, I don't even think I know what that sounds like... I usually buckle up first, put the car in reverse, depress the clutch, then turn the ignition on, wait for glow plug light to go out, fire the motor up, drop the hand brake, and I'm off. Don't remember hearing the dinger, as a result of my procedure, or rarely.

Edit: went out and tested it, kinda live underneath a runway for an airport with jet traffic and all, had a bit of trouble hearing it, it's really close to where the pitch is for the tinnitus in my left ear. Lordy, that sounds pretty effeminate for a bell, not very manly, those Saudi's, little tinker bell type of ring.

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you can have that plesent chime by going to
17-Instruments->Adaptation->Seat Belt Warning - Version 3
And you are not warned when you go over 74mph!

so you dont have to change everything else back to US measurements...

By changing to pleasent chime for version 3 it appears that my seat belt warning light goes away. I need a light in case my daughter decides to take my car. Thank you for the nice sound, however I am forced to stay with original.
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