Diagnostic Software for VW-Audi Group Cars

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Windows-based Diagnostic Software 
for VW / Audi / Seat / Skoda
for generic 3rd-party interfaces

VCDS-Lite is our low cost solution for older (pre-2006) VW-Audi Group cars that do not require a direct CAN diagnostic connection. 

The free shareware version does quite a lot and it's, well, free.   

The fully registered version does pretty much everything the older dealers' tools could do on those cars, but even when fully registered, it will not have quite all of the functions that the full (non-lite) version of VCDS would provide. 

Some of the differences between versions and between the free VCDS-Lite Shareware and the Fully Registered version:

Free Shareware:

Cannot do AutoScan
Won't display text for all fault codes
No Basic Settings (so no TBA, Xenon leveling, etc or checking timing on TDI's)
No Adaptation Saving (so no changing of locking/lights/horn behavior)
No Output Tests
No tech support from Ross-Tech
Limitations of VCDS-Lite compared to VCDS even if Fully Registered:
No Generic OBD-II
Won't work with CAN-Bus vehicles
Fewer fault code definitions and label files
No built-in Activation (you'll be limited to a single PC)
No Advanced Measuring Blocks
No Acceleration Measurement

Refer to our VCDS Function Chart for more details

We do not sell interfaces for VCDS-Lite.  

If you're considering VCDS-Lite, then you obviously have a very limited budget for tools an we can't compete on price with Chinese eBay sellers.  When choosing an interface for VCDS-Lite, we recommend getting one that's based on an FTDI FT232 Chip.   They almost always work well if you manually configure the virtual COM port into an unused port in  the range of COM1 - COM4 and set the latency timer to 2, as shown here.


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