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im looking in to getting a vagcom and on the rosstech website it has a free downlaod for vagcom
is that and a cord all i need to get set up? it seems too good to be true considering i was told it would cost like 300$
also what all do i need and where is a good resource to find information would be nice information and save me time.
 

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There are several versions of VCDS (the new name for Vag-Com)...

If you have a generic cable (not provided by Ross-Tech), they have a version called "Lite" that, should you be able to get your aftermarket cable working, can do very basic things, and if you register it ($99), a few more sophisticated chores - although it's limited to the one computer on which it was installed, and can only function on the older model cars (the ones that don't need the CAN-bus method of communications - in general, 2005 and older in North America... with a few exceptions...).

The most recent versions of VCDS can communicate with the latest cars (depending on the cable... some of the cables can "talk" to all the VW cars, some of them only to the CAN-bus people, and some of them only to the ones that preceded the CAN-bus era...), but have a hardware device built into the authentic Ross-Tech cables that enables the software to run to its maximum capability. (The software's free to download, BTW... the license - built into the Ross-Tech cables costs a bit... might seem expensive, but you'll find out that it really isn't...)

Just for your information, there's an extremely capable TDI specialist in Boise... he hangs around the TDI-Club... UserName there is "Drivbiwire"... Many people travel great distances to have him service their cars - especially for timing belt systems...

All the best,

Yuri
 

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Welcome to the forum. welcometomyturbodies

No the VCDS-Lite software is free but it doesn't come with a lead just the same as VCDS full software. The Lite version doesn't do as many functions as the full version. Because you have a 2001 Jetta then it won't have the CAN system. most laptop use USB connections unless its a very old one the may have a COM connection, so only look for USB leads.

Now a lot of people buy the cheap HEX leads of eBay but they can only use the VCDS-Lite software that doesn't have all functions as the full Function Chart / Feature Comparison. I don't know where you get the $300 price tag from?
 

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Well that site which I presume is Canadian is asking $770 which is similar to US$ which is £487 UK. I don't think its worth going there for it do you when its only $349 from Ross-Tech?

A friend of here markyboy76 bought a cheap £10 lead of eBay for his 2005 Seat Leon FR and he uses the VCDS-Lite which is free to download but it doesn't have all the functions of VCDS but for a tenner he isn't complaining.
 
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