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Author Topic: Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?  (Read 3910 times)

Offline dave200ps

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Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:06:55 PM »
Hi, New to the forum and recently had Audi/VW Have noticed in some of the threads on the forums people refer to using VCDS on there Galaxy's?  I am hoping it is possible because I already have the VCDS, Fabulous car really loving it!! cheers Dave

Offline gregers

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Re: Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2016, 07:55:01 PM »
 welcome5

sadly no i dont think it will?,not very well if at all.

on the mk3's ford use there own software.
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Offline ebo555

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Re: Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2016, 08:01:08 AM »
You can do all of the diagnostic stuff and change the car config using FORScan and ELMConfig - both applications are available free on the Web.

You'll also need the necessary cable to connect a laptop to your OBD port.   I've recently installed & used both and can confirm they work pretty well.

PM me if you need a bit more detail and I'll happily help where I can.

Offline dave200ps

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Re: Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 05:16:24 PM »
Hi Ebo55, Thanks for the info! which cable do you recommend are they on ebay?
Many thanks Dave

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Re: Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2016, 10:36:35 PM »
You can do all of the diagnostic stuff and change the car config using FORScan and ELMConfig - both applications are available free on the Web.

You'll also need the necessary cable to connect a laptop to your OBD port.   I've recently installed & used both and can confirm they work pretty well.

PM me if you need a bit more detail and I'll happily help where I can.

are these Mac compatible software?

probably not, ha ha...   :'(

Offline ebo555

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Re: Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2016, 03:07:48 PM »
Hi Dave,

There are quite a number of different cables svcailable on eBay and I went for one which had the HS-CAN/MS-CAN switch, which allows you to access all of the modules on your Galaxy.

I paid 19.90 but you may well find one cheaper from another seller:

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=271959014957&globalID=EBAY-GB

if you're handy with a soldering iron, you can buy one of the very cheap ones for around a fiver and rewire the plug yourself (you'll also need to add a mini toggle switch).  I can do this type of stuff but life's too short and I decided to just pay the extra money!

FORScan is a really well supported application that's still very much under development, so they're adding features and fixing bugs all the time.  The developers are very responsive and will offer help with diagnosing faults and issues (I got a response within 24 hours of posting a request for help).   

ELMconfig is totally unsupported and has not been updated for some considerable time.  It's still available for download, but can't do a great deal of useful config on the MK3 Galaxy. As as it's free however, it's worth having just for the few features you can play around with (I've set my doors to auto lock and setting your Satnav to display in the Convers+ screen also works well apparently).  Many of the features don't work at all though and I believe it was initially developed for a Focus model from a few years back.   

To answer El_Dude's question, both applications work on PC only.  FORScan is available for the iPhone and for Android though, but you'll need to pay for these versions.   

Hope this helps.

Ebo.   

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Re: Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2016, 09:41:19 PM »
Cheers Ian, I've sent off for a cable of eBay 16.95 with switch! and downloaded Forscan, Regards Dave
« Last Edit: March 09, 2016, 09:43:40 PM by dave200ps »

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Re: Will VCDS work on my Galaxy MK3?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2016, 07:37:07 PM »
Hi Dave,

Sounds like you're well on your way. Best of luck & don't hesitate to give me a shout if I can help.

Cheers,

Ian.

 

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