Seconded all of the above, plus something you mentioned only indirectly: no third-party cable will work with recent VAG-COM software. You'll be stuck with release 409 or earlier from a couple years ago. There's many important new features in the new software, plus, there's no way you can talk to the newer CAN-only cars without true Ross-Tech CAN hardware.The major advanatges to ross-tech
1. just works
2. if it doesn't ross-tech will go the extra mile to support it
3. USB actually works without issues (all ebay cables are serial with an adaptor)
4. Should you use it on other car, the ross-tech will protect you laptop from messed up wiring, notably a huge number of wiring harnesses for aftermarket radios that put a +12V down the K line.
Also, i ahve heard of things the generic can't do even with teh pay software.
You get what you pay for. I love mine.
the warranty part of that DTC is a joke by Uwe...sort of like a software easter egg.The VAG-COM has one thing that's helped a number of people I'm sure.
As some are chipped, we've revved the engine way past it's 6800RPM readline. In the ECU, it will REPORT the engine RPM exceeded redline and may result in voiding the warranty! Fooey!!!! VAG-COM plugged in, and DELETE message. If your turbo ever decides to do something which requires replacement, I will guarantee you that removing that messages is worth more than $295.
btw, you can deactivate your vag-com installation and transfer the activation to a new setup at any time, without bothering ross-tech.At this point I'd like to use the upgraded software (more features), plus not worry about the activation code if I transfer software to a different laptop. And if I bought a newer or another VW/Audi vehicle, then I'd probably pay the additional money for a real VAG-COM. However, the extra $250 to upgrade doesn't make sense for me right now.
Agree 100%. You konw what's worse? When you've owned a Vag-Com since 2001, kept it updated and recabled as necessary, and you STILL don't know what the hell you're looking at or how to use this fantastic tool to its fullest.It just absolutely blows me away how much money some people will sink into their cars WITHOUT having the proper tool to talk to its electronic systems and controllers.
Is there a good resource out there that explains the various applications, the easiest use of the tool? Point me in the right direction. I'm a professional putting in long office/court hours without the time to start from scratch, but I can read manuals and books!