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  •  That's the plan... (3+ / 0-)
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    BYw, timewarp, Flying Goat

    Force you to the dealers by denying owners and indy shops affordable diagnostic tools and knowledge bases. Then discontinue supply of parts after a few years to force you to prematurely junk your car and buy a new one.

    The auto biz has noted that the life expectancy of a smart phone is about 2 years, and they have similar plans for their products...

    •  Robert Bentley (0+ / 0-)

      is the place to look for VW repair info. I bought the same repair manual the VW shop uses for $70 on DVD. You can get the books for $60. I got mine from German Auto Parts. The are the most complete manuals out there. Mine even gives me recall repair info.

      They say they they only work on XP but I followed the online instructions to get it working on Vista. The license allows installation on two computers. I have one copy on my main computer and one on my tablet.

      Some people have short memories

      by lenzy1000 on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 11:51:05 AM PDT

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      •  Got the factory manual for the '03... (0+ / 0-)

        and it's awesome! Got the Haynes manual and the VAG-Com diagnostic software too. But they only have manuals through the 2010 models, and from then on out there will be no factory manuals, only online access for $35 a day and up. The best I could do is buy a 2013 or 2014 A4 because not much has changed since the 2010. Haynes may or may not come out with a manual for the newer cars- Their latest only goes up to 2010 or so and doesn't cover the diesels.

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