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AVguy2

Diagnostic tool VCM2 clone or similar

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Wondering if anyone here has experimented with or used a clone VCM2 diagnostic/programming tool on their TC?

 

I'm thinking of getting one to be able to make changes that require this tool and was hoping to get some feedback.

 

For my Saab's I have a similar device called the Mongoose Pro GM II that works very well. This is made by Drew Technologies. They also make a Ford version of the Mongoose but it runs more than double the cost of a clone VCM2.

 

There is also another product called the VCX Nano that has some possibilities.

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I saw one 9-3 in your previous post, what else do you have?

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Our family fleet currently consists of:

 

2004 Saab 9-3 Arc Convertible

2005 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon

2008 Saab 9-3 2.0 Sedan

2012 Hyundai Tuscon

2017 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Titanium

 

My first car was a real oddball,  a 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega. First American production car with DOHC 16 valve engine + electronic fuel injection + aluminum cast alloy wheels.

I still have a bunch of spare parts including a complete engine, wheels and some other items. I hope to find another one someday. Long story.

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That Vega looks like a baby Camaro. You better hold on to these parts and get a body for it while you can. Anything Cosworth cost a lot these days in Europe. Just searched for Escorts: prices start from 20,500,-

 

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So, back to the tool...

 

Is this the kind of thing I'd need to reprogram the car to keep the damned outside lights off when a door opens (as discussed heavily here)?

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1 hour ago, williaty said:

So, back to the tool...

 

Is this the kind of thing I'd need to reprogram the car to keep the damned outside lights off when a door opens (as discussed heavily here)?

Indeed, it would be exactly that.

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I've been doing some googling tonight. The tool looks useful and does many of the things I'd like it to do. However, the software licensing for IDS is absolutely criminal. The VCM2 hardware starts as low as $100 for a clone. However, the box is useless without the IDS software. Going to Ford's service site, the licensing for the IDS software is $150 for 48 hours access, $300 for 30 days access, or an absurd $850 for a year's access.

 

We need to pass Right to Repair federally and then hit Ford with a massive fine to get them to stop this stuff. As I said before, I've been a professional mechanic and shop owner for a decade specializing in Subarus with occasional work on the other Asian brands. I can't believe how badly Ford treats customers and independent repair shops in comparison to Subaru and the other Asian makes.

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I used a VXC nano, it worked ok, I reprogrammed a BCM and replaced the PCM.  I had some errors with changing the car configuration but I think that was because of the IDS version.  The version of IDS that I used must be run on VM and couldnt be installed on the host, this was a bit of a problem for me.

I also use OBDLink MX with the open source software FORScan.  I like FORScan a lot since the developer responds back if you have any problems and newer versions are always being released.  Though I dont think you can program control modules with it and I had problems with changing central configuration but I think that will be corrected in the future.

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