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Old 01-06-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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Tech II Scantool: Are they with their cost?

Many moons ago I was a driveability/tuneup tech at Chevrolet dealers. At that time I had a personal OTC scantool. The latest gear the dealer had was a CAMS
machine. The Tech II scanner was just on the horizon as I made a career change out of the car business.

Fast forward to 2013. Assuming working on only GM vehicles is the Tech II scanner a good investment? How does it compare to the third party alternatives?

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Old 01-06-2013, 04:01 PM   #2
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tech 2 is old news, not even really used at our dealer anymore. the latest gm scan tool is the MDI unit, you use it with a laptop and gds2 software for all 2010 and newer gm global vehicles. and for the older gm's and new non global vehicles they have gm tech2 win software that emulates a tech2 scanner on the laptop when used with the mdi unit.


if you do decide to get a tech 2 make sure its a real one and not a chinese clone, basically if they are advertising it as new with a candi module for less than $2000 its a fake.

i own a tech2 with candi module, gm mdi unit and a snap on solus. the solus is nice but for gm its no tech2
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:27 PM   #3
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Wow! I'm really out of the loop.

So how does the MDI rate compared to third part gear?

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:39 PM   #4
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gm is clamping down on all of its software after all the people copying tech 2 cards and selling them for big $$ on ebay. now to use any of the gds or tech2 win software with the mdi unit you need a gm log on password to update the gds software every 7 days and the gm tech 2 win software every 30 days or it shuts down. the tech 2 is still a great tool for working on older vehicles if you can find a real one for a good price. its that or go with a brand name aftermarket scan tool like the snap on solus line of scan tools, these also will cost you about $1000 a year if you want to keep it up to date.
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