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Old 1st December 2014, 10:53 PM
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OK the title says it all.
I am just wondering if the expense of this puts it off my Xmas list.
Or maybe I should treat myself quietly and basically lie through my curly teeth to SWMBO!!!
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Old 2nd December 2014, 01:07 AM
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Well justified by the fact Audi charge 100 for a diagnostic fee its money well spent and can work on other cars in vag group and other cars as generic obd reader so I can say its money well spent.
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Old 2nd December 2014, 09:02 AM
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Yes, it is money well spent. I bought mine mainly for the tourist setting for the headlights. I've used VCDS on the '8 for various little things. Scanned my dads car (Skoda), scanned friends cars (VW's).
Fixed another friends Seat Leon, he had a new DPF fitted by the Main Dealer and they didn't reprogramme the car properly! After 100miles or so the warning light came back on and the car kept going into limp mode with reduced power. The Main Dealer had the car 3 times to sort it but didn't.
Recently I removed an interior and steering wheel, once it was all back in the Air Bag warning light was on. VCDS helped and solved all of the above.
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Old 2nd December 2014, 09:22 AM
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It's an essential part of owning an '8 unless you want to leave absolutely everything to a dealer.
First tool for the toolbox IMHO.
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Old 2nd December 2014, 10:15 AM
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Thanks Guys.
I will have to hide my plastic and meet the postman up the street.
Plan B, it can be done on the tinternet!! AND I can tell her the cable is to repair the Xmas Tree lights.
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Old 2nd December 2014, 10:21 AM
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Main personal motor is A8 D3 2004 3.0 TDI.
Is the "VCDS Release 14.10.0" the one I need?
Also which cable will I need.
Sorry Chaps, at 75 years young I am being a little careful to make sure I have it cforrect.
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