I own an inexpensive Actron code reader but I know a Tech II
with CANdi is really necessary to perform the interactive tests
necessary to efficiently diagnose troubles in OBD-II systems.
Trouble is the price of equipment and updates. Like over $4000
for a (factory authorized?) Tech II/CANdi and $500 for the
periodically released update package:
It's no wonder the GM dealer has to justifiably charge $69/hr.
But seriously, should this equipment, probably made overseas,
cost so much? A case could be made that the software, in
particular, should be open-source or sold at nominal cost to
customers and the trade. If only GM would not seemingly gouge
would-be buyers of their stuff.
That said, it is totally out of reach for me, and I presume 99%
of you too. So, for the 99%, I ask,
1. What about the $1000 units on eBay? They're obviously
replicas made in China. I've heard sometimes replicas of brand-
name products are produced in the very same factories, after
hours. Might there be unforeseen consequences associated with
this kind of transaction?
2. Has anyone seen the software published on any warez binary
group or Torrent?
I hope this newgroup finds this post useful and merits a