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Old 08-23-2019, 12:35 PM   #20061
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Right on. I take it you went with the VCDS software? For me it isn't cost effective for the level of wrenching that I do but if I owned a VW product or worked on them more often I wouldn't think twice about buying it. Still I will probably buy the more simplistic version the next time I have to work on one. I find that my generic OBD2 scan tool works fine for the older Japanese stuff I usually work on but it misses a lot of stuff on VWs. One day I'll buy a nicer, more capable scan tool.

Is it a turbo by chance?

Yup, VCDS. The license that would make sense for you is very expensive.



No turbo. 3.0 V6. Makes a lot more power than the turbo i4 of the era.


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The Foxwell units are pretty good, the mid-priced ones. You can get them at Amazon for around $115-$139. Usually has an eighteen dollar off coupon that goes with the sale.

VCDS goes way beyond OBD but it's for VW products only. I've got an OBD reader too. $7 from Amazon and it goes to my phone via Bluetooth.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:24 PM   #20062
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Yup, VCDS. The license that would make sense for you is very expensive.



No turbo. 3.0 V6. Makes a lot more power than the turbo i4 of the era.
Yeah, I looked into it briefly. Very briefly lol. Generic obd2 is all I need for my ride. I'm pretty sure it doesn't monitor anything past the drivetrain, emissions and ABS. A more powerful scan tool could get more information from it but there is already a second data link connector that lives under the hood. ABS codes and the like can be obtained by jumping two pins with a piece of wire and turning the key on. It's somewhat similar to Ford's OBD1 system in that regard. It's the same procedure on every Toyota I've ever worked on at least up to the mid 2000s. I haven't come across one yet where that didn't work.

I'm sure it is a very different 3.0 v6 than what I'm used to. Mine is installed in a floaty highway cruiser and sadly has a torque converter behind it.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:01 PM   #20063
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It was $200 for the ability to program 3 VINs.



The early 2000s 3.0 from Audi was rated at 220/227 HP/TQ. Mine is tuned too so I should be doing a little better. It's still a low 5s 0-60 car when stock and it weights 4000lbs. It's just over a full second faster to 60 when stock than a stock 1.8T. For a 1.8T to keep up with a stock 3.0 it needs at least a stage 2+ turbo, tune and other misc upgrades. It's quicker than it looks and feels and it is stupid smooth. Rediculously smooth motor.



Any recommendations on where to find 3.5mm silicone vacuum line in a store? I think it's got a tiny exhaust leak.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:06 PM   #20064
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That's not bad at all, especially for what you get. Would 4mm work? Most parts stores carry 4mm or 5/32" windshield washer tubing. It's usually silicone and works great for vacuum lines. My D21 has more of that stuff on it now than actual vacuum line.
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I dunno. .138 vs .156 inches. Could work but could be too big. No idea how close the tolerances need to be.
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Price class a truck engine software. It is several thousands of dollars each year.
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Price class a truck engine software. It is several thousands of dollars each year. And the sad thing is it is manufacturer specific. So if you had cat and detroit engines, that is two different licenses.
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The unlimited VIN VCDS isn't cheap either. VCDS is also maker specific. VW vehicles only though thankfully that is VW, Audi, Bently and Lamborghini.
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The unlimited VIN VCDS isn't cheap either. VCDS is also maker specific. VW vehicles only though thankfully that is VW, Audi, Bently and Lamborghini.
Yeah I think it's like $600 or something for the pro version. For me it just doesn't make sense to spend $200 on software that I can only use on 3 vehicles when I don't actually own any of them. And I don't deal with them often enough to justify buying the unlimited version. I think we're going to see a lot more of this as these vehicles age...when these cars were newer it wasn't such a big deal but now they have depreciated enough that they get purchased by people who really can't afford to keep them running. Even though you might have bought it for a fraction of what it would have sold for originally when it breaks you are still buying parts for a $50-60K car. I'm sure you get that but a lot of people don't and end up frustrated.

Speaking of expensive software, one of the programs we use at work starts at $5K for a basic license. It's another $5K on top of that for the fancy version.
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