VCDS vs Other software
Posted 03 July 2012 - 21:54
Posted 04 July 2012 - 23:59
One of the questions to ask is how many fault codes are decoded in the tool? VCDS now has over 16,000 fault codes decoded and put into language that may give a clue what is wrong with the car.
Next, does the tool give you the additional information along with a fault code - does it provide freeze frame data in modules that support freeze frame data.
Does the tool provide access to all live measuring values?
Does the tool let you perform Basic Settings, Adaptations and Output tests required to repair systems in the car?
Does the tool let you code modules and does it provide an easy to use Long Coding Helper to assist you as you make coding changes?
Does the tool manufacturer have a support function on the web that is free to use by anyone?
If you get stuck and need help, does the tool manufacture have a tech support function you can contact to get help and is that function staffed by professionals who were trained by VW or Audi?
The answer on the VCDS side of the equation is yes to all of these.
Good luck with your search.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 15:02
Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:29
If I were to buy VCDS how easy is it to learn to use it? Does it come with a manual or does a new owner need to find a "wise old elder" or probably in my case a "wise younger"
I intend to keep my Yeti for a few years and would be happy to help others if I were able to do so.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:38
ALWAYS save a scan before you do anything, this will save the current codes the car has, not to mention pinpointing any current fault codes you have.
Then it's time to read up on the 'net on what can be done and how to do it, once you understand the way VCDS works it's pretty straightforward.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:50
As to a manual, you can print one out at any time or you can go to our web site and use the online manual/demo. The buttons on this online manual are active and the description of the contents of the screen is given below the screen.
When you need tecnical information, you can check the Ross-Tech Wiki. Granted, we focus on more US models, there are many similarities to the UK models.
And for registered users, there is free tech support by our staff via email.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 21:30
I have had a quick look at the Ross Tech site and will spend a bit more time looking at it later in the week. From first impressions I think it is highly likely that I will make a purchase. From the short time I have spent on the website it looks like the Yeti needs the Micro-can which covers models based on Golf technology. I see Gizmo has VCDS Hex+CAN listed as covering all VAG cars, and on the Ross-Tech website the Micro-can is described as an enthusiasts tool which gives the impression of being limited/less able. So a bit more reading and being nice to SWMBO is called for.
Any more advice/comments would be appreciated.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 21:55
IMO the extra cost of the HEX+CAN interface is worth it...... but only if you will use it on these cars.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 20:19
Posted 01 August 2012 - 20:37
(which is where it is on all newer VAG vehicles)
Posted 01 August 2012 - 20:41
Posted 09 August 2012 - 17:14
I will make sure that I take and save some scans before attempting to change anything. What I would like to do initialy is change the maxidot to MPH, change the leave/return home from the xenons to the foglights, and stiffen up the brakes as I find them a bit soft after my last car.
One of my brother in laws has an Audi and the other a golf so hopefully we could all benifit eventually.
Edited by The Hood, 09 August 2012 - 20:06.
Posted 13 August 2012 - 14:01
Before I start to change anything I will have a good read through the Ross-Tech on-line manual. I will also have a look through Briskoda in cas there is a section which is of help to those of us starting out.
Thanks again Gizmo68 and Bearthebruce.
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