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Old 24th September 2018, 11:12 AM
madcjd madcjd is offline
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Ok -cheers.
Have you used the previously mentioned obdeleven?
Graphite grey 2016 q7 3.0 (4m)
Night blue - 2005 D3 4.2 TDi LWB
My pride and joy - 1991 ur 20v quattro (owned since 2003).
BMW 645 (Need to sell now I have 2 A8s....)
Previous cars
A8 D4 4.2tdi lwb (2011)
A4 cab 3.0 Quattro petrol (2005)
T5 Caravelle exec 2.5 (2006)
A8 D2 3.7 quattro sport (2001)
A8 D3 4.2 quattro (2003)
A6 4.2 quattro avant (1999)
A6 2.8 quattro (1998)
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Old 24th September 2018, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by madcjd View Post
Ok -cheers.
Have you used the previously mentioned obdeleven?
I haven't - sorry
2008 (facelift) S8 with B&O, ACC, glass sunroof, reversing camera, front and rear heated seats, ceramic brakes, homelink, electric side and rear blinds, ski load through, heated fan washer jets, remote boot closing, de-flapped manifold, fridge, umbrella holder
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Old 24th September 2018, 02:41 PM
Simonbartlett Simonbartlett is offline
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I have used obdeleven on my cars for fault finding, service resets and coding. It seems to work well. Obviously not as good as vcds but it’s not £300. I think I paid about £40 for it a couple of years ago.
Owner of a 2008 A8 3.0tdi SE
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Old 24th September 2018, 02:43 PM
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Obdeleven is only for vag cars ! I guess you know that
Owner of a 2008 A8 3.0tdi SE
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Old 27th September 2018, 04:16 PM
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Carista is basic, but uses a cheap dongle you may have for other things (i did). You can download and test the app without buying it and see what you can do on your car with it. It's simple, limited but will give you codes and some ideas of what is going on. It's better than a basic scan tool.

ODB11 is pretty good. I keep my dongle in the car ash tray as it's useful when traveling. Cost for the dongle is reasonable and there are two versions of the software. Uses a smart phone and gives you almost as much information as VCDS, though it's more powerful if you know how to use VCDS and can look up procedures.
I just did my rear brakes with it rather than getting out the laptop and you CAN do almost all of what VCDS does, though I'd argue the adaption / basic settings are easier to use on VCDS

VCDS is the rolls royce of DIY VAG cars. Original cables are a few hundred and you need a laptop. You need to be careful buying second hand that it IS an original.
Decent clone cables are still expensive (~£50) and locked to a specific older version of software, come with no support and are a bit hit and miss.
Cheap cables (£5-£20) 490.1 are REALLY old and limited to a shareware / hacked shareware version. This way frustration lies

ODIS / VAS 6154 - Dealer level stuff. Either old or Clone stuff. Some of it needs online accounts. I've been occasionally tempted to play

Current :
2005 A8 Sport 4.2 V8 D3 - LPG working!

Previous :
1998 S8 PF 4.2 V8 D2 - Gearbox died ~120k
2002 S8 FL 4.2 40v V8 D2 Prins LPG - Engine valves met pistons ~230K

Also :
1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0l (Post Apocalyptic makeover)
2003 Brabus Smart FourTwo (should sell)
2003 Mazda Rx8 2.3 (might sell)
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Old 14th October 2018, 01:18 PM
gninnam gninnam is offline
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Running an Android based car stereo and installed OBD11, but couldn't get it to connect due to the fact the software was designed for portrait only and the connect button did not show.
Raised this with them and they told me they will look into it for the next release.

Good on them - they sorted it. You can choose between landscape and portrait now so all good

No need to use my phone or tablet now as always available - sweet
(Just need to code the stereo out as it shows as not being there.....)

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Ford Focus ST-2 Mk3 (the wifes)

Triumph Daytona 675 (2017 reg)


Gone but not forgotten

1972 T2 Bay Window Camper (Slow)

Audi TT Mk1 225 - now with coil-overs and a 7inch touchscreen infotainment centre

2003 A8 Sport 4.2 (with ACC & LPG) (Feed up with all the issues so passed it on to a forum member)

2000 A8 FL QS 4.2 (with RNS-E - Nice) (Engine poorly so sold on to be brought back by someone who has the time)
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Old 15th October 2018, 08:06 PM
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When you have codes that keep comming back , you can use this cable
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Old 15th October 2018, 09:22 PM
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Definitely not getting any more codes after that one
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Old 23rd March 2019, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by moltuae View Post

Sounds good. And at just a little over 30 quid, it's worth a try.

Just ordered one
Hi Mark.

What's your experience of this so far?


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2000 P38 Range Rover Vogue 4.6 V8 LPG, Epsom Green, fully-rebuilt engine (Top-hat liners, new camshaft for better mid-range torque); New S/S sports exhaust...SOUNDS BRILLIANT!
2014 Mondraker TrakkerR; 29-er, 30-speed gear train; rise'n'fall saddle; Mountain bike...NOT a cart-horse!
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Old 24th March 2019, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by DailyMike View Post
Hi Mark.

What's your experience of this so far?


Hi Mike,

It works pretty well.

Connectivity and scanning can be a bit temperamental at times but that's more of a Bluetooth issue than a fault with the device. Usually if you turn Bluetooth off/on on the phone/tablet or restart the phone/tablet, it connects and scans successfully.

I did have a few issues with it recently, in that it would scan for fault codes but was unable to reset them. A few weeks later it wouldn't connect and gave a "not authorised" error. I contacted Support and they replied within the hour. They fixed the issue and now it works again
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