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So I purchased a cable off ebay for my 2004 passat V6 GLX:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...0552025589&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Tried using the VCDS-lite, and I am able to see the serial port within the software, but unable to communicate with the car. I'm thinking I bought the wrong one and need a K+CAN version such as:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VAG-...Z150525965120QQptZMotorsQ5fAutomotiveQ5fTools

I downloaded the VCDS-lite that is current as of 12/10/2010. I'm aware that the more expensive cables would work, but that is not going to help me at the moment (and please don't nag about searching, I definitely tried my hand at it). Anyone had luck with the ebay cables?
 

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To the best of my knowledge, if it fits, it should work.
If you can't connect with a scanner, or that program, there could be something else wrong than a cable. Failed ABS units for some reason kill any connection of an OBDII device to the ECU, I do know. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will chime in when they wake up haha.
 
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