[A4] ProDiag vs. VAG-COM

Scott DeWitt sdewitt at stx.rr.com
Fri Sep 9 19:39:43 EDT 2005

Pro-Diag hands down. Portability is awesome, and upgrades are free, 
including hardware changes.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Hurt" <rnhurt at gmail.com>
To: "A4 Mailing List" <a4 at audifans.com>
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 3:26 PM
Subject: [A4] ProDiag vs. VAG-COM

> 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".
> For the most part I have been leaning toward the VAG-COM simply because it
> seems more user friendly and it may be less expensive in the long run. If
> you have a Windows laptop all you need to purchase is a $250 cable and the
> software is free. This assumes two things; 1) you have a laptop that meets
> the requirements and 2) future versions of the software wont require a new
> cable. This means you get upgrades for free. It also means that it's not
> locked into any particular host machine - as long as you have the cable,
> which acts as a dongle <*shiver*>, you can move the software around as 
> much
> as you like.
> The ProDiag has a couple of things going it for it though and a big one is
> portability. Since it runs on a PDA you can drive around for hours 
> watching
> your stats, tweaking settings, etc. It's hard to do this with a laptop.
> Another is that it's pretty compact, again trying to stuff a laptop in the
> glove box is futile. The downside is that you need a PDA and then you have
> to get a cable to fit it. Also, what happens when you need to change PDA's
> or update your ProDiag software? Is there an upgrade fee or is it 
> included?
> I think I may still be leaning toward the VAG-COM, just because I don't 
> have
> a PDA and I do have a compatible laptop (although it's really my employers
> machine, they just let me use it :). Any others have a strong opinion one
> way or the other?
> Later...
> Richard
> BTW: I *agree* that it is a worthwhile purchase and $250 is not outrageous
> (and you will get a return very quickly if you need any work done at all) 
> I
> was just looking to save some $$$ where I can. Those new S4s are expensive
> (hell, the A4s are pretty pr icy)!
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