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autotecha
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Nov 10, 2011, 1:13 AM

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What diagnostic equipment are you using these days? I'm mainly asking about scanners and lab scopes. I.E. Modus, Vantage Pro etc...
If you could upgrade or buy which brand and what model would you choose and why.
How about the newer laptop based versions? Pro's Con's
I have all the SnapOn Scanners, The Vantage Pro, Tech II, a few OEM's, Determinator (Matco), and few low grade cheap ones.
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Mr.scotty
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Nov 10, 2011, 11:10 AM

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Re: Diagnostic Equipment Sign In

I have a old snap on mtg-2500 for now, and a few cheap off brand code readers.
As for a lab scope, i just have a cheap $190 one channel scope.
When I upgrade my scanner I'd like to pick up a solus pro.
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Nov 10, 2011, 11:37 AM

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As for a lab scope, i just have a cheap $190 one channel scope.


I never realized the were scopes out there in that price range. What brand is it?


re-tired
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Nov 10, 2011, 12:35 PM

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Scotty , I still have that solus pro. You will not find a better deal anywere. SOLUS PRO like new ,with case .version is 10.4 and no euro. unless your working on 2011 and 2012 cars, which is doubtful, this unit will cover most of what you need. And it does have asian and all the keys. If you were to update it, it would cost you about a grand, so you would still be cheaper than financing a new one. $4200 invested . for you $1995.00



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autotecha
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Nov 10, 2011, 4:36 PM

Post #5 of 22 (1787 views)
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not a bad deal at all. How'd you like the Solus?

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Scotty , I still have that solus pro. You will not find a better deal anywere. SOLUS PRO like new ,with case .version is 10.4 and no euro. unless your working on 2011 and 2012 cars, which is doubtful, this unit will cover most of what you need. And it does have asian and all the keys. If you were to update it, it would cost you about a grand, so you would still be cheaper than financing a new one. $4200 invested . for you $1995.00

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autotecha
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Nov 10, 2011, 4:45 PM

Post #6 of 22 (1786 views)
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I forgot all about my Bricks (MT-2500). I have two of those (Bought one new, and bought one about a year ago off of ebay for $120 for what was supposed to be for parts but turned out to be in better condition then my first one).Still use them on the older vehicles at times. They are going now real cheap on ebay but only good for like upto 2002???

I also forgot about a laptop based one I have that is good for codes and basic scope work, its called Autotap (a friend bought it and never used it and gave it to me) not too shabby for the price. Good for DIY's . I do like the idea of laptop based scanners.


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I have a old snap on mtg-2500 for now, and a few cheap off brand code readers.
As for a lab scope, i just have a cheap $190 one channel scope.
When I upgrade my scanner I'd like to pick up a solus pro.

*******ASE Master Automotive Technician, L-1, L-2 and a lot of wallpaper too :-)******


Mr.scotty
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Nov 10, 2011, 5:32 PM

Post #7 of 22 (1781 views)
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The last update year for the mt-2500 was 2008.
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autotecha
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Nov 10, 2011, 5:38 PM

Post #8 of 22 (1777 views)
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Yeah,what I meant or should've said the most I've seen on ebay was updated to 2002 0r 3 or so. (That was when I last checked, been a long time) I havent updated for years on mine because I bought newer equipment.
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Mr.scotty
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Nov 10, 2011, 5:39 PM

Post #9 of 22 (1776 views)
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Re-tired, I really wish I had the money to buy it off you cause 2k is darn cheap for that but , Right now I'm hardly lucky enough to have money for gas.
I'm taking some old lawn mowers i had to the metal recyclers this weekend for some extra pocket money.
Been going through some rough times.Pirate
If i win a few thousand in the lotto your solus will be the first thing I'll buy. lolWink
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Nov 10, 2011, 6:15 PM

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Thats one good thing about being a mechanic. We can fix our own cars. Well, some of us can.







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Nov 10, 2011, 6:23 PM

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That you under there DS?............................. Love your jack stands.................LOL



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Nov 10, 2011, 6:31 PM

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Our shop has a Mac Tormenter/OTC Genisys. We are now trying out an Autel MaxiDas cause we do all makes and the Geni isn't keeping up with the times even after the major expensive updates. I'd like to get hold of a Launch system, but shop's owner is tight. We have an old Tek scope that was converted for automotive use. I'm working on getting a 4 channel Pico.





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Nov 10, 2011, 6:35 PM

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Don't worry HT.. I know what I am doing and workman's comp is paid up. Smile





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Nov 10, 2011, 7:02 PM

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You know, I saw that picture years ago & damn if I looked & looked and could not find that thing again......
Thx 4 posting it, I'm saving it now & I know of couple guys that are really gonna be hatin on you.......

I haven't used a Pico but from what I've seen they are a very nice unit (yea, it's on the list Angelic)......I don't know all the ins & outs but I believe going thru Autonerdz you get some more perks & better support from what I've heard...

I don't know if you've play around with their virtual scope but if you're bored & looking for something to mess around with...It's kinda fun

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Discretesignals
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Nov 10, 2011, 7:08 PM

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I been to Autonerdz website many times and I keep drooling over their accessories. They have a couple of videos of some tough case vehicles that they figured out. The Wrangler From Hell would of drove me nuts if that came into our shop.





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autotecha
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Nov 10, 2011, 7:19 PM

Post #16 of 22 (1733 views)
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Funny you say that, I am seriously thinking of getting the Pico scope. I love them. I played with them a lot at the local college during a training course last year. Tom is one hell of a guy and knows his sh&% if you want to buy he's the man to go to. Its pricey for parts of it but well worth it IMHO.

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I been to Autonerdz website many times and I keep drooling over their accessories. They have a couple of videos of some tough case vehicles that they figured out. The Wrangler From Hell would of drove me nuts if that came into our shop.

*******ASE Master Automotive Technician, L-1, L-2 and a lot of wallpaper too :-)******


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 10, 2011, 8:34 PM

Post #17 of 22 (1721 views)
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autotecha: Quote ">>Tom is one hell of a guy<<" If you meant me I appreciate it but it's RT (re-tired) selling the solus. Two of us named Tom here and most don't use any semblance of a real name - more nick names than not,

Tom



autotecha
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Nov 10, 2011, 8:38 PM

Post #18 of 22 (1718 views)
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Tom you are a hell of a guy lol but ...I meant the Tom at Autonerdz selling the Pico scopes LMAO.
But yes you are tooWinkAngelic

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autotecha: Quote ">>Tom is one hell of a guy<<" If you meant me I appreciate it but it's RT (re-tired) selling the solus. Two of us named Tom here and most don't use any semblance of a real name - more nick names than not,

Tom

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Mr.scotty
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Nov 10, 2011, 10:29 PM

Post #19 of 22 (1713 views)
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I'd like to have a Pico too.
I like being able to use my labtop so i can have repair information at the car also.
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autotecha
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Nov 11, 2011, 12:48 PM

Post #20 of 22 (1701 views)
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Mr Scotty, I too also like having the laptop for accessing other info too. Plus I have the laptop with me all the time on service calls so....

The Pico is nice, it has a lot of functions and good support backing. when we had any problems or questions Tom was available for answers (He also provides training materials and classes).
*******ASE Master Automotive Technician, L-1, L-2 and a lot of wallpaper too :-)******


re-tired
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Nov 11, 2011, 3:43 PM

Post #21 of 22 (1694 views)
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Be carefull mixing brands of eectronics>>>>>>>>You may get a hardware conflict.
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autotecha
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Nov 11, 2011, 5:10 PM

Post #22 of 22 (1683 views)
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LMAO,
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