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Old 01-12-2013, 05:22 AM   #1
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how do i check error codes?

I want to buy the mechanism so I can check error codes for my 2000 S. What should I get please?
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:29 AM   #2
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You can buy a code reader which will get one subset of the codes (the most common engine related) (see Actron as a brand many use), a Durametric which requires a Windows capable Portable PC which will do more but none of them will do as much as the computers the dealers have (PST2, PIWIS).
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:33 AM   #3
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I want to buy the mechanism so I can check error codes for my 2000 S. What should I get please?
The question really gets to be what do you wand to spend.
1. Durametrics gives the most information for about $279 - $318
2. I use Dyno scan also a PC based system about 10 to 20 % less data $175
3. Hand scanners start from $49 you'll need a repair book to give code definitions for most of those. They increase in value with lines of displayed data and definitions of codes to up to and some over $200.
4. Auto Zone will read and reset code for free.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:17 AM   #4
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thanks guys! I am going to buy the Durametrics.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:52 AM   #5
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Though durametrics does a ton for the Porsche, I just bought a simple $45 reader off Amazon. Something that reads/erases. This way it works in everything. Used it for my Porsche, my 2 BMWs, back when I had my Evos, helped out buddies at work, etc.... Well worth the money.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:01 PM   #6
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X-VCI Porsche piwis1 is only for Porsche,has more function: Diagnosis + Programming + key copier.
But it is also more expensive. About$1100.
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