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Old 28th December 2014, 10:30 PM
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Hi mannyo,
I am thinking along the same lines, everything working OK so all will be left for the nicer weather.
On the way back from the Xmas meet the offside dipped headlight bulb went south, so tomorrow I will try to replace all four headlight bulbs, but via the top. Blow taking both front wheels off!!!
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Old 14th May 2015, 07:50 PM
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Hi all,

First time poster here (thanks Ian!).

Does anyone have the wifi version of VCDS? I'm thinking of ordering it during my trip to the States next week.

I'm looking to buy an A8/S8, so the fact that it works with a mobile is a real plus point for me - I can use it to check faults on any of the cars I go to see. The unlimited version is a little pricey though, hence the question.
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Old 14th May 2015, 08:01 PM
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The thing is Tony, the wifi version is really cool, although original cable is long enough to feed it through the window and have the laptop connected even in the engine bay. If you will be constantly diagnostic new cars for years to come then unlimited ver is the way to go if you REALLY need the wifi. Mobile feature is cool, no doubt, but like few guys in here, I have a dedicated Lenovo table which always sits in the glove box and is fairly compact and I personally prefer laptop/tablet.

Here is the tablet/laptop
http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/showthread.php?t=8797
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Old 14th May 2015, 10:44 PM
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VCDS is the VERY FIRST tool you should buy if you have an '8.
What version exactly will depend on the car and your preferences.
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Old 14th June 2015, 01:45 AM
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Well, I bit the bullet and purchased the Hex-Net VCDS (unlimited).

...Now I just need a car to go with it!
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Old 14th June 2015, 12:24 PM
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Hi Tony,
Enjoy your VCDS
I am still on a steep learning course, every day I think of something else to try, just wish I had the time to plug in and play with it
There is a HUMONGOUS amount of knowledge and willing assistance on this forum. Honestly this is the best forum that I have taken part in. Only one I use on a permanent basis, actually at least twice a day. But then at 75 years young I enjoy the banter and miss the Army comradeship of my earlier decades.
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Well, I bit the bullet and purchased the Hex-Net VCDS (unlimited).

...Now I just need a car to go with it!
Fantastic, Please keep us updated on your thoughts of the Hex-net, and if your not liking it and want to trade it for a hex-can cable then I'm just saying now before everyone else I would like first dibs on it

But as for your purchase, its the best thing to own.

Vcds to an 8 is like a hammer to a nail, useless on their own but together

Good luck on the car hunt.
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Old 15th June 2015, 08:40 PM
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Well, I can't find anything from the VAG group to plug it into, but I read the codes on my sister's Fiesta (my car is too old to have an OBDII port) and it works fine in infrastructure mode. It took readings from the car and displayed them in real time... which felt a little strange considering the lack of wires!

A couple of decent prospects got sold while I was in the US, so I'm scouring Autotrader hoping for the right one to show up. I'll try and go to see one each week to get a feel for them. If the sellers are confident enough, they'll hopefully let me plug in my new toy.
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