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    With these things you reaaly do get what you pay for. Don't be tempted to buy a cheap knock off VCDS led from eBay as the genuine item has some software/cookies embedded in it so the main software programme will recognise it. The cheap knock offs don't and the main laptop software will stop working. You also need to keep in mind that some of these cheap things could cause damage and I bet they will have no support whatsoever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hood View Post
    With these things you reaaly do get what you pay for. Don't be tempted to buy a cheap knock off VCDS led from eBay as the genuine item has some software/cookies embedded in it so the main software programme will recognise it. The cheap knock offs don't and the main laptop software will stop working. You also need to keep in mind that some of these cheap things could cause damage and I bet they will have no support whatsoever.
    In the end I did get one of the Carista plug in units and is certainly more capable but it reports that my car is actually capable of doing some extra functions that, despite setting just do not happen so I guess it is not 100% accurate. One thing it reports being able to do is to unlock a "Green Menu" on the dot matrix display that is accessible by pressing and I quote "Car + Reset" but where the hell are these buttons? Another couple of odd things are that it says that a long press of the unlock remote button can also open the sunroof in either "tilt" or "Slide" options (whichever I select and save) it certainly closes the sunroof but that was always the case, and another is "Easy Exit", what is that when its at home. Documentation is also another Achilles heel for it as it comes with zero instructions or manual and the help menu is next to useless.
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    I assume you used the free version with a short full function trial period, in which case at least it did what you wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hood View Post
    I assume you used the free version with a short full function trial period, in which case at least it did what you wanted.
    No, they seem to have done away with the free period, you get 1 month free if you pay for the 1 year option, making it into 13 months for £33.91 but I can cancel it within the first 20 days and then the free month continuous to the end of the month. That said, though, once the trail period, or the subscription expires, the unit I believe ceases the ability to do anything then apart from read a code, regardless of what it is, you will not be able to alter anything until you register for the full pro version.

    The original error code for the airbag was eventually reset using the very cheap Vgate device from Amazon, but as I mentioned, it would only allow access to 2 of the 4 menus and even the error code that I checked and it was the airbag code, was not even listed in the manual. Now I have to decide if its worth while leaving the 13 months to run their course or cancel and then I'll just have the unit to read errors and buy a days access as and when needed at around £10 a day.

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