[A4] ProDiag vs. VAG-COM

Nicholas Stock nickstock at gmail.com
Fri Sep 9 17:15:09 EDT 2005

I own the pro-diag. Updating is easy (through your PC and hotsync), and it's 
free. The portability is a real bonus as sometimes on the road you just 
don't have access to a laptop and the PDA fits nicely into your glovebox. 
The ODB-II cable comes with the pro-diag software suitable for the PDA you 
specify on purchase. I have no experience with the VAG-COM, I'm sure it's 
good, but I only had a PDA at the time and didn't want to purchase a 
 My 2 cents..

 On 9/9/05, Single Malt <s_malt at yahoo.com> wrote: 
> -- Richard Hurt <rnhurt at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Ok, since it looks like I've stirred up some
> > interest in this subject, I
> > would like to poll everyone to find out which one is
> > "better".
> My original purchase decision did not include Shade
> Tree's Pro-Diag as I was not aware of it at the time.
> I also got a deal on the Bentley CD in the same
> throw.
> Now, having "hands-on" reviewed it at an Audi Club
> tech session where the developers of the Pro-Diag were
> actually in attendance, I'm still happy with the
> VAG-COM solution.
> Why? -
> I'm a PC kind of guy and even my PDA is Windows Pocket
> PC ... not a huge fan of Palm OS.
> With a wireless connection, I can sit in my car in my
> garage and pull codes, flip to another window and
> browse forums or other Internet resources regarding
> the codes ... I can even download and install a new
> version of VAG-COM right then to gain new
> functionality.
> Pulling logs and then importing them into Excel for
> analysis or comparisons is *easy* on a full-sized
> screen.
> Moving the software from machine to machine (or
> actually just installing it on a number of machines)
> is OK due to the "dongle" function of the Hex-COM
> cable. Although, in hind-sight I should've gone
> Hex-USB as my newest laptop will need a PC Card COM
> port (or alternative) to use the cable. The old
> laptop is now kept in the $4 boot along with the
> cable.
> In the final analysis though, I like the Pro-Diag
> product and the developers ... really, you can't go
> wrong with either product - IMHO.
> --
> Single Malt
> '01.5 S4
> Garaged at 9200ft
> just outside Denver, CO
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