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In reading many posts, I see that in order to properly service a VW, and like most all other vehicles now, a scantool/diagnostic reader is required. I keep reading about something called vcds?? Where to find this software?

Also, has anyone used this:

http://www.autoenginuity.com/index.html

This software allows you to buy specific packages for different makes/models. So in this case, I could use the same system for my F350 ford, and the tdi, would just have to change what software package I'm using for each vehicle.

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You can buy VCDS from ross tech.

The other product will work for simple code reading, some sensor monitoring, and also provides some fun tests. You didn't list what year Jetta you had, there are different cables depending on CAN BUS vs. non CAN BUS. VCDS also does obd2 code reading for compatible interfaces, which means most if not all obd2.

However, to read the modules and change coding, adaptation, etc., you have to have VCDS or a similar product. VCDS is the cheapest dealer-like too that I am aware of. It's expensive but about the same price as the other tool you mentioned.
 

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oh, sorry 2010 jetta tdi sedan. So the autoingenuity is good for codes, reading systems, tests (like cylinder contribution) etc. But you cannot reprogram with it. Is there anything that the autoingenuity can do, that VCDS cannot??
 

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Welcome to the forum. welcometomyturbodies

You could put your car year in your spec.

Autoingenuity is expensive when you have to buy the scantool software and I don't see anything about a lead, then you have to buy Enhanced Expansion pack for each manufacturer is isn't as cheap as VCDS. If you only want a code reader then there are loads on the market for a fraction of the cost. ;)
 

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Yeah, i was looking at at way to be able to use same tool for multilple vehicles (reduce amount of tools needed). My goal is to have a complete diagnostic suite for the vehicles i own.

Thanks for the info.
 

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AE ( for short ) doesn't have a long list of friends in the repair shops. I don"t have it. I considered it, but I did some research and found its a decent general scan tool.It seems to have a lot of issues where data can't be trusted when you're being paid to fix cars. I have also heard that technical support is so-so. NOT with VAG-COM. There is very little it can't do, is rather accurate, will be found in many repair shops, and has the best factory technical support ( Ross-Tech).I don't touch our shop's SnapOn Verus when working on a VW/Audi.
 

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Just picked up a 2013 VW GOLF TDI. I have the Auto Enginuity package for my 2005 FORD Excursion Diesel(works great), and just picked up the Add-On package for the VW. Just finished my first run on the VW, plug-n-play. I was able to look at the faults, there weren't any. I tried doing the data monitoring, but on the list of parameters it was only numbers? I had to click on each one individually(a lot of them) to bring up the name of what it was looking at?? I tried searching online for a list of numbers/parameters, but I couldn't find any. Cannot compare it to the VAG-Com which sounds like a nice tool for the VW toolbox?
 

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I'm from the uk i bought A/Enginuity in approx 2007 my first scan tool,, now i have other kit, which reads all the Modules in most vehicles,, the A/E i have only talks to the engine, some vehicles you can buy enhancement for to do a lot more similar to a factory tool, i would not buy it again as the support is not to great,
 
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