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If you own a Volkswagen and are at least marginally mechanically inclined - BUY THIS SCANNER!
I bought a 2000 beetle for my daughter with the airbag light on. The previous owner had taken it to a mechanic who tore apart the dash to get to the module so he could get the numbers off it, only to discover his machine couldn't read it. Guy spent a $100 and got nowhere! That dropped $500 off what I paid for the car! The dealer charges $100 to read the codes here in San Diego. The codes are not accessible with a regular regular OBDII reader - which means Autozone can't help!
I ordered this scanner and hooked it up to the car. Scanned the airbag system, the code read intermittent connection in instrument cluster. Cleared the code, air bag light is gone (with the light on, the system is DISABLED!), two months later, no light has reappeared. I guess the mechanic fixed it but couldn't tell that he had!
BTW, with the airbag light on, it's an automatic fail for the California emissions cert.
Since buying the beetle it has been stalling every now and then at stop signs. Plugged in the scanner to pull the engine codes: 1. Bank 1 lean; 2. MAF sensor low input. Did some reading on the VW threads, people having the same problem, stalling, check the air filter! That goes along with the codes!
Open the air filter housing to find a yellow, stained and HARD filter! Put in a new air filter and the car drives TONS better!
So, Dealer diagnose = $100
Dealer replace filter = 1hr = $100
Dealer part = $45 (autozone = $11.99)
Do the math, $245 or about $70 and I get to keep the scanner
This machine has paid for itself 10 times over!
Buy it, use it, read the Volkswagen forums and save yourself money, time and frustration!!!