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16 Dec 2020 20:56 #45195 by lpburke86
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Has anyone tried the thinkdiag it is said to be made by launch and support enhanced dtc codes, special functions and actuation tests .

I have been looking to buy one from thinkdiag but I would prefer some feedback from people who have the device if possible.


I think my biggest issue with the think Diag tool is that subscription that is required to use the tool at all. I don't like being locked into a payment to make something not a $125 paperweight. It would be different if it kept at least a basic obd2 functionality without the subscription.... but no. You spend $125 the first year, and $40 a year after that, or it's the lightest brick you'll ever buy.

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17 Dec 2020 06:24 - 17 Dec 2020 06:37 #45198 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Has anyone tried the thinkdiag it is said to be made by launch and support enhanced dtc codes, special functions and actuation tests .

I have been looking to buy one from thinkdiag but I would prefer some feedback from people who have the device if possible.


I think my biggest issue with the think Diag tool is that subscription that is required to use the tool at all. I don't like being locked into a payment to make something not a $125 paperweight. It would be different if it kept at least a basic obd2 functionality without the subscription.... but no. You spend $125 the first year, and $40 a year after that, or it's the lightest brick you'll ever buy.


Like it or not up to date diagnostic software costs money.
As I need good Euro box coverage my main tool is a Launch Diagun V it came with 2 years free updates after which it will continue to work I decided that for the way I use it most economic path was to simply replace the whole tool every 3 to 4 years.
In North America is are fairly lucky in that the big three domestic manufacturers are well covered by lower cost tools or software but fFor Euro boxes and Asian diagnostic access beyond EOBD or JOBD less is avaialable at low cost.

There is of course a selection of one make hand held tools aimed at car owners and software iCarsoft for example have a good range of fairly powerful handheld devices. One brand low cst PC Software includes Forscan (Ford), MultiECU (Fiat group & increasingly Chrysler). inPA (BMW group), Ross-Tech VDS (VW group), TOAF (Mg-Rover but not LR) and there are lots more.

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11 Jan 2021 12:46 - 11 Jan 2021 12:55 #45841 by cadman777
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This looks like an updated version of my old Pegisys.
I'm getting sick of this boat anchor, b/c it lacks must of anything for usefulness and the scope is so low res that it's hard to read the signals.
OTC had a laptop program called PCScan, but I think they put it on that Bosch tool now. What I don't like is that nobody will put all the years, makes and models ON ONE PC DIAGNOSTIC SOFTWARE so we can go to one solution with any VCI we want. If USG will mandate 'right to repair' then all the OEM's will be forced to disclose all data so that can happen, and thus end the tyranny of data metering for money. At least in Europe they've started that process.

If I'm wrong about this, then will someone please tell me which software I can buy that has all years, makes and models on it with full functionality that works on any VCI? I have a Launch J-box2 (CarDaq-Plus2), GM MDI2, Chrysler MicroPod2 clone (works great!), and old Pegisys VCI. Surely someone's PC software can work with all of those? That's the reason I came in here today, to see if such an animal exists. I've been waiting since the days of Snapon's MT2500 and STILL they're all living in the dark ages of computer tech!
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15 Jan 2021 01:10 - 15 Jan 2021 01:12 #45894 by lpburke86
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Like it or not up to date diagnostic software costs money.
As I need good Euro box coverage my main tool is a Launch Diagun V it came with 2 years free updates after which it will continue to work I decided that for the way I use it most economic path was to simply replace the whole tool every 3 to 4 years.

after which it will continue to work.


I.e. not a $100 lightweight paperweight..... ThinkDiag will NOT continue to work if you don't continue to pay for it. It becomes useless. Completely, 100% waste of space.

And therein lies my whole problem with it. If you're going to charge me $100 for the device, at least allow me some functionality other than blinky lights when I'm not paying for your subscription service.
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22 Mar 2021 15:12 #47660 by figartic
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Has anyone tried the thinkdiag it is said to be made by launch and support enhanced dtc codes, special functions and actuation tests .

I have been looking to buy one from thinkdiag but I would prefer some feedback from people who have the device if possible.


I think my biggest issue with the think Diag tool is that subscription that is required to use the tool at all. I don't like being locked into a payment to make something not a $125 paperweight. It would be different if it kept at least a basic obd2 functionality without the subscription.... but no. You spend $125 the first year, and $40 a year after that, or it's the lightest brick you'll ever buy.


Like it or not up to date diagnostic software costs money.
As I need good Euro box coverage my main tool is a Launch Diagun V it came with 2 years free updates after which it will continue to work I decided that for the way I use it most economic path was to simply replace the whole tool every 3 to 4 years.
In North America is are fairly lucky in that the big three domestic manufacturers are well covered by lower cost tools or software but fFor Euro boxes and Asian diagnostic access beyond EOBD or JOBD less is avaialable at low cost.

There is of course a selection of one make hand held tools aimed at car owners and software iCarsoft for example have a good range of fairly powerful handheld devices. One brand low cst PC Software includes Forscan (Ford), MultiECU (Fiat group & increasingly Chrysler). inPA (BMW group), Ross-Tech VDS (VW group), TOAF (Mg-Rover but not LR) and there are lots more.


The thinkdiag after the 2 year subscription does still have basic OBD access according to there website. I have the full software version and have been happy but if anyone has any specific questions please let me know and i will try to answer. Obviously i can not check everything as will need access to the car to test much of it but if i can help i will.

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30 Jul 2021 05:03 #50251 by chisel
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Is this Launch 431 Diagun V the mobile phone look-alike reviewed by one of Scanner Danner's colleagues on Youtube?

Does it cover JDM/Asian cars? (Suzuki SX4, Suzuki S Cross, Hyundai Matrix)?

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