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confused about which diagnositc tool to get

Post by amblerman » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:06 pm

Hi folks.

I have a 99 s70 (+ 2004 toyota sienna, and 2006 honda accord).
btw. I will be referencing VIDA/DICE below. I know those won't work with my non-volvo cars.

Right now I have a generic OBDII tool. It was about $50. It does a great job of reading OBDII codes and clearing the codes.

However, it's basic. I can't read live data. Even if I could the screen is tiny and basic so the live data graphs wouldn't be usable.

So I started thinking about a more comprehensive tool.
That has led me to starting to research VIDA/DICE and/or some more expensive generic tool.

For example, some of the iCarSoft tools claim they work with Volvo specific codes. But I don't know what that means.

Does it mean?
a) it does everything VIDA/DICE do?
b) can be used as a generic OBDII tool?
c) can handle things like Volvo Airbag lights. (but not full diagnostic.)

What about things like this:Autel MX808
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/maxich ... 08#reviews

The bullet list of features are impressive so long as they apply to my car (probably too old) and that they really do what I think they do.

But again.. when it says the Autel MX808 can "Read/clear codes for all available systems" does that mean it can do the same as VIDA/DICE?

Last question.. what exactly is the difference between VIDA/DICE and exactly what can they do that scanners like the Autel MX808 can't?

Thansk

Andy

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