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Where to buy GM Tech2 to replace the BCM on 98 Sonoma

If you are interested in GM Tech2 to replace the BCM on 98 Sonoma and would like to hear anyone’s feedback. Here we go.

Been there, done it. I’m happy with my purchase. I keep mine in an
old 1980’s womens makeup case with multiple layers of 1″ foam rubber I
got at wallyworld for cheap.

My Tech2 will not give ABS codes if the ABS light is on. Dumb because
the ABS light won’t go out until you fix the problem. I bought an
Innova 3030f from OBD2TOOL to over
come that minor issue. Don’t get a 3030 a-e. They don’t read ABS. Some
less honest sellers will tell you they do. And some think they can get
$100 for one. Mine was new for $25.

BCM’s are real cheap in junkyards. If they want over $10 go somewhere
else. They never sell any. and they work fine. Hint- call it the
security module. Most are easy to get out. Just match the part number.

The Dongle thingy is the least of your worries if you intend to do
programming, tho. You MUST have windows XP on your laptop. I installed
it on my Dell as a second operating system. I tried doing a virtual OS
with miserable results. I bought a DVD off ebay for $25 that had every
version of XP on it. Since it is no longer supported, I guess it’s OK to
sell copies now. My Dell E6400 came out just as XP was ending and Vista
came out so all the drivers are available from Dell. Anything newer
could be an issue. I’m running 7 and XP on it. Don’t think I’d try it
with 10. Don’t trust it to not want to take over the other OS. The E6400
is a fast computer and was one of the most popular business laptops of
it’s day. And very expensive new. I paid $200 for it.

The Tech2 is designed to work with a serial port. Remember them? You
have to keep in mind the Tech2 was introduced about the time Windows 95
and the first GUI and mouse were being added to PC’s, but old PC’s with
serial ports are slugs.

Problem is connecting the Tech2 to a USB port on anything fast. It
can be done, but ONLY, I repeat ONLY with a Tripp-Lite USA-19HS serial
to USB adapter. It is the only one GM ever approved and the only one
that will work. Amazon has them for around $27.

Tech 2 $270, Laptop $200, XP dvd $25, usb adapter $27. You’ll be all in for around $525.

Keep in mind this is a high end 2 way scanner. It’s not EFI Live or
similar. You can’t do custom tunes or any of that stuff. But you aren’t
spending near as much and EFI Live isn’t a scanner . If you want to
both, you need both.

One more question, if it’s the first time that you want to buy Tech 2 .

Look on the Saab forum. They have tons of info on Tech2 clones. When
GM and told Saab the had to use more GM parts in their cars Saab stopped
making cars and concentrated all their effort on their aircraft
production. Since GM had sold Saabs in this country all the owners were
left stranded because the dealerships didn’t want to service them since
they no longer sold them.

A lot of Saab owners then started buying the Tech2 clones so they
could do their own maintenance. From what I understand the Saabs we’re
very dependent on the Tech2 for all kinds of modules that needed
programming. Way more so than GM’s own vehicles.

I read a lot before ordering mine. Once in a while someone does get burned.

In reality when Bosch bought Vetronix they moved the manufacturing to
China. They are still made in the same factories. The Chinese just kept
making them after Bosch switched to the MDI and MDI 2.

Difference is Bosch isn’t getting the extra $2500 markup. I’m sure
the Chinese are also now using cheaper components where they can since
Bosch isn’t specifying what has to be used. Parts are currently
available for them.

Here is what I got. The weird thing is they sent the original Bosche
Discs but Burned copies of the Software but Burned copies of the
Software. The AC/DC adapter is so generic it doesn’t even have a UPC
code on it. I was actually very surprised by it all and DHL delivered a
day early.

BTY, I got GM TECH2 from this shop:


I ordered one during their Chinese New Year Promotion. $224 not incl. shipping cost.


1-2 1-3


1-5 1-6




1-10 1-11 1-12 1-13

The burned Cd is for the thumb drive. It contains TIS 2000. All the
factory ECM programs thru 2007. It’s a hack so you don’t have to
subscribe to GM’s online service ($55 for 2 days) to simply update to
the latest program for a vehicle.

I found the stickers are a tiny bit too big for the recesses in the
housing. You need to trim them before installation if you want it to
look like a genuine Vetronix automotive diagnostic equipment Tech 2.

The long grey line (no not West Point) is to connect to a serial port
on antique laptops. That’s where the Tripp-Lite USA-19HS adapter comes
in. You install the Tripp_Lite on your laptop, connect it to a USB port,
connect the serial cable to the TL and the other end to the Tech2.
There are 2 ports on the Tech 2 one is for the serial cable and the
other is for a self test cable. The real little cable. The 2 ports are
not the same even though the look very similar.

Don’t you think you get all info you want to know and enhance your confidence to order it.



How to tell different Porsche PIWS2 Tester II in obd2tool

Here are several Porsche Piwis Tester II diagnostic scan tools on obd2tool.com. Here is the comparison table help you identify these scanners.

tem Name

Original AllScanner VCX-Plus Multi Scanner for Porsche Piws2 Tester II JLR with CF30 Laptop

VXDIAG MULTI Diagnostic Tool for Porsche Piws2 Tester II JLR with CF30 Laptop Support Original Software

Piws2 Tester II for Porsche Diagnostic Tool with CF30 Laptop and Latest software PIWS2 II

YANHUA Porsche Piws2 II without Laptop and software

Porsche Piws2 Tester II Software plus CF30 Laptop

WIFI Porsche Piws2 Tester II with CF30 laptop

Software Version

PIWS2 V16.2;

JLR V143

PIWS2 V16.2;

JLR V143

PIWS2 V16.2


PIWS2 V16.2

PIWS2 V16.2




(Chinese Original Hardware;

Original Porsche Software)


(depends on QC label)


(Original Porsche Software)


Vehicles Coverage

Porsche cars


Jaguar Land Rover cars 2005 up

Porsche cars


Jaguar Land Rover cars 2005 up

Porsche cars 2005-2015

Porsche cars 2005-2015

Porsche cars 2005-2015

Porsche cars 2005-2015


VXDIAG Software Update via HDD

VXDIAG Hardware Update with Hardware ID Update Authorization



German, British English, American English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Dutch

Support System

Engine, automatic transmission, air-conditioning, SRS, ABS, ASR, MPL, GM, Original antitheft System, Keyless GO system, OBDII system.

Support Protocol

ISO-9141 K-Line

ISO-14230 K-Line

ISO-15765 CAN

SAE-J1850-VPW (GM Class2)


ISO-11898-2 DWCAN


SAE-J2411 Single Wire CAN (GMLAN)

SAE-J2610 SCI (Chrysler)

SAE-J1567 CCD BUS (Chrysler)





SAE-J1708/J1587 On RS485

CAT DATALINK (Catepillar)

ATA DATALINK (Catepillar)

Support Online Programming





Yes, cost 220usd per time

WiFi Connection



Special Function



VXDIAG support add more original software in feature, you only need buy authorization from us.

Already released original software authorization has Toyota, Honda, LandRover, Jaguar, and Porsche.

Software will release soon including: Volvo, Subaru, Chrysler, GM, Ford, Mazda, Kia, Hyundai, GMC, Nissan, Suzuki, VAG, BMW, BENZ, FERRARI and Marerati.

Bluetooth,GPS and Navigation Function are available in case you pay for the authorization fee


Bluetooth,GPS and Navigation Function are available in case you pay for the authorization fee


Note: If you need online programming, we recommend you buy Yanhua version Porsche Piws2 SP161-YH, it supports off-line programming, key programming as well.

2018-04-22 2017 FVDI2 ABRITES Commander with 18 Softwares FULL Version + FL

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Highlights of FVDI2 Abrites Commander Full Version:

1.Free update online.

2.This is full version FVDI2 with all softwares+ FLY OBD Terminator FULL Version + J2534 DrewTech Softwares.

3.Free Support.

4.FVDI2 can work for Windows XP(SP2 or later) Professional Version,Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 Professional.

J2534 DrewTech Softwares Includs:

1.Honda HDS V3.016;

2.JLR SDD V145.00;

3.TIS V11.00.017;




The software can be only installed on WIN XP

When obtaining authorization, operate by following the next steps:

Step 1. Connect the Softdog to FVDI2. Do not connect Softdog to the
computer, otherwise the Softdog green light or red light will on, and
result in authorization fail.

Step 2. Use USB cable to connect FVDI2 and the computer, but do not connect FVDI2 from OBD2TOOL
to the car. Wait until FVDI2 green light on and Softdog red light on,
you succeed getting authorization. If FVDI2 red light on or Softdog
green light on, repeat the above steps.

After get authorization for FVDI2, follow the next steps to connect.

Step 1. Connect the Softdog to FVDI2 (Note: do not connect Softdog to the computer).

Step 2. Use USB cable to connect FVDI2 and the computer. Wait until
FVDI2 green light on and Softdog red light on, connect Softdog USB cable
to the computer. During the procedure, the Softdog red light keeps on
(Note: do not connect FVDI2 to the car)

Step 3. Till the above 2 steps work well, connect FVDI2 to the car.

FVDI 2 support car list:

1. FVDI 2 for VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda;

2. FVDI 2 for Porsche ;

3. FVDI 2 for Mercedes/Smart/Maybach ;


5. FVDI 2 for BMW;

6. FVDI 2 for Peugeot/Citroen;

7. FVDI 2 for Fiat/Alfa/Lancia;

8. FVDI 2 for Renault;

9. FVDI 2 for Toyota/Lexus;

10. FVDI 2 for Hyundai/KIA ;

11. FVDI 2 for Nissan/Infiniti;

12. FVDI 2 for TAG Key Tool;

13. FVDI 2 for Ford;

14. FVDI 2 for Volvo;

15. FVDI 2 for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep;

16. FVDI 2 for Mitsubishi;

17. FVDI 2 for DAF;

18. FVDI 2 for Bikes, Snowmobiles and Water scooters;

19. FVDI 2 for HONDA;

20. FVDI 2 for Mazda;

21. FVDI 2 for Jaguar/Landrover;

22. FVDI 2 for Chinese Cars;

FVDI 2 Software Version:

1.VAG – VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda :

1.Abritus AVDI VAG V24.0;

2.FLY VAG V2.0;

2.Mercedes/Smart/Maybach :

1.Abritus AVDI Mercedes/Smart/Maybach V7.0;

2.FLY Mercedes/Smart/Maybach V2.0;


1.Abritus AVDI BMW V10.4;

2.FLY BMW V2.0;

4.Porsche :

1.Abritus AVDI Porsche V4.1;

2.FLY Porsche V2.0;




6.Peugeot/Citroen :

1.Abritus AVDI Peugeot/Citroen V6.7;

2.FLY Peugeot/Citroen V2.0;


1.Abritus AVDI Fiat/Alfa/Lancia V5.7;

2.FLY Fiat/Alfa/Lancia V2.0;


1.Abritus AVDI Renault V6.3;

2.FLY Renault V2.0;


1.Abritus AVDI Toyota/Lexus V9.0;

2.FLY Toyota/Lexus V2.0;

3.TIS V11.00.017;

10.Hyundai/KIA :

1.Abritus AVDI Hyundai/KIA V2.1;

2.FLY Hyundai/KIA V2.0;


1.Abritus Nissan/InfinitiV4.3;

2.FLY Nissan/Infiniti V2.0;

12.TAG Key Tool :

1.Abritus TAG Key Tool V6.2;

2.FLY Ford V2.0;

13.Ford :

1.Abritus Ford V4.9;

2.FLY Ford V2.0;


1.Abritus Volvo V4.3;

2.FLY Volvo V2.0;

15.Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep :

1.Abritus Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep V3.3;

2.FLY Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep V2.0;


1.Abritus Mitsubishi V2.1;

2.FLY Mitsubishi V2.0;


1.Abritus DAF V1.0;

2.FLY DAF V2.0;

18.Bikes, Snowmobiles and Water scooters :

1.Abritus Bikes, Snowmobiles and Water scooters V1.2;

2.FLY Bikes, Snowmobiles and Water scooters V2.0;


1.Honda HDS :V3.016;

2.FLY Honda V2.0;


1.Abritus Mazda V4.9;

2.FLY Mazda V2.0;

21.Jaguar/Landrover :;

1.JLR SDD :V145.00;

2.FLY Jaguar/Landrover V2.0;

22.Chinese Cars :;

1.FLY Chinese Cars V2.0;

FVDI 2 for Abritus AVDI Software language:

1. VAG – VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda

Supported languages: English, Germany, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Danish, Czech, Chinese, Bulgarian.;

2. Mercedes/Smart/Maybach

Supported languages: English, Germany, Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Romanian, Czech, Bulgarian.;

3. BMW

Supported languages: English.;


Supported languages: English.;

5. Peugeot/Citroen

Supported languages: English, French, Turkish.;

6. Fiat/Alfa/Lancia

Supported languages: English, Brazilian, Germany, Spanish, French,
Russian, Italian, Danish, Czech, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian,
Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish.;

7. Renault

Supported languages: English.;

8. Toyota/Lexus

Supported languages: English.;

9. Hyundai/KIA

Supported languages: English, Czech, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian.;

10. Porsche

Supported languages: English.;

11. Nissan/Infiniti

Supported languages: English.;

12. Tag

Supported languages: English.;

13. Ford

Supported languages: English , German, French , Italian , Spanish ,
Dutch, Swedish , Finnish , Danish , Norwegian , Portuguese , Portuguese
(Brazilian), Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovenian, Polish,
Russian, Chinese , Japanese, Thai , Chinese Simplified , Romanian.;

14. Volvo

Supported languages: English , German, French , Italian , Spanish ,
Dutch, Swedish , Finnish , Danish , Norwegian , Portuguese , Portuguese
(Brazilian), Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovenian, Polish,
Russian, Chinese , Japanese, Thai , Chinese Simplified , Romanian.;

15. Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep

Supported languages: Brazilian ,Bulgarian ,Croation ,Czech, Danish
,Greek, Hungarian, Italian ,Polish, Portuguese , Romanian ,Russian
,Slovenian, Spanish ,Swedish ,Turkish.;

16. Mitsubishi

Supported languages: Brazilian ,Bulgarian ,Croation ,Czech, Danish
,Dutch, English , German, French , Greek, Hungarian, Italian ,Polish,
Portuguese , Romanian ,Russian ,Slovenian, Spanish ,Swedish ,Turkish.;

17. DAF

Supported languages: Bulgarian , chinese(Simplified) ,
Chinese(Traditional) , Croation , Czech , Danish , Dutch , English ,
Finish , German , Greek , Hungarian , Indonesian , Italian , Japanese ,
Korean , Norwegian , Polish.;

18. Bikes, Snowmobiles and Water scooters

Supported languages: Finnish ,French ,German ,Greek ,Hungarian ,
Indonesian ,Italian , Japanese ,Korean ,Norwegian ,Polish ,Romanian
,Russian ,Slovenian, Spanish ,Swedish ,Thai ,Turkish.;


Fvdi 2 abrites commander for FLY Software language:

Supported languages: English , Simplified Chinese , Traditional Chinese.

FVDI 2 for Abritus AVDI Software Quick Loader:





Maxisys Elite Data Manager Operations

The Maxisys Elite Data Manager application is used to store, print, and review the saved files. Most operations are controlled through the toolbar. Selecting the Data Manager application opens the file system menu. Different file types are sorted separately under different options, there are six types of information files to be viewed or played back.


The OBD-II scan tool Data Manager Operations are based on toolbar controls, details are explained in the following sections.

Image Files
The Image section is a JPG database containing all captured screenshot images.


1. Toolbar Buttons – used to edit, print and delete the image files. See Table 5-1 Toolbar Buttons in JPG Database on page 64 for detailed information.
2. Main Section – displays the stored images.


To edit image information
1. Select Data Manager application from the MaxiSys Job Menu.
2. Select Image to access the JPG database.
3. Select an image to display it in full screen.
4. Tapping the screen once displays the editing toolbar.
5. Tap the Info button to open a window displaying the image information.
6. Tap the Edit button on the top right corner of the window. The editing screen displays.
7. Edit the image information by entering the new file name, and file information.
8. Tap Done to save the information and exit, or tap Cancel to exit without saving.

To delete selected images
1. Select Data Manager application from the Autel Scanner MaxiSys Job Menu.
2. Select Image to access the JPG database.
3. Tap the Enter Edit button to display the editing toolbar.
4. Select the images that need to be deleted by tapping the thumbnail images, the selected thumbnail displays a tick icon at the bottom right corner.
5. Tap the Delete button, and then Delete Selected, now the selected images are deleted.


How Sleek is Maxisys Pro Full Auto Diagnostic System

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1.Smart Screen: Autel Maxisys Pro MS908P comes with a whopping 9.7 inches IPS LED-backlit capacitive touch-screen with resolutions of 1024 x 768 pixels. As a result, it provides ultra-clear display of contents, to the users, with glossy wide-screen. The screen also supports multi-touch. You can use up to 5 touches at the same time.

2.You can also enable a virtual on-screen keyboard with this device. It saves the space and gives wider display area.

3.Auto Focus Camera: The product comes with built-in 5 mega-pixel rear camera with a flash-light. The camera provide high-quality images as it has auto-focusing ability.

4.Quick Battery Recharge: The device has an 11000 mAH-3.7v rechargeable battery made up of lithium polymer. This ensures up to 8 hours of continuous operations. It takes just a couple of hours to recharge the battery that means another 8 hours of operations.

5.Super Fast Performance: The device runs on Android 4.0 Ice-cream Operating System with multi-tasking feature. The device has an extra-powerful Cortex-A9 Samsung Exynos 1.4 GHz quad-core processor providing unrivaled speed performance. The device system boot-ups in 20 seconds that is approximately 5 times faster than any other such product.

6.Big Storage Capacity: The diagnosing tool has 2 GB DDR-3 RAM that dumps huge amount of temp files and supports frequent live streaming. The dedicated RAM avoids the device-hang problem and ensures smooth operations. The 32 GB Internal Sata Hard Drives stores all the detailed history of your clients. 32 GB storage space is enough for medium and big repairing houses.

7.Lastest Technology: The Autel Maxisys Pro equips with the latest AutoVIN technology with advanced Auto-Scan functions to identify CAN-Enabled vehicles, in one touch. It displays the data in the form of text and graphs for efficient analysis. The device can be claimed as the most intelligent system as it scans all the diagnosable ECUs on vehicles. In the nutshell, it’s not just an engine scanner.


8.Fast Data Transfer: The package comes with both dual band (2.4 GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n Wi-Fi technology and long range class 1 Blue-tooth connectivity that provides it’s users with an ultra fast Vehicle Communication Interface (VCI). You don’t have to wait. Just plug it into the OBD-II dashboard and it will diagnose with in seconds.

9.OE-Level Coverage: The device covers the most extensive OE-Level Diagnostics. It will save you the hassle of contacting the car dealer for any un-identified engine error. OE-Level library contains every possible error codes.

10.Reliable ECU Coding: The device comes with a coding function to track the vehicle control modules i.e. ECUs with some extra parameters. There is a provision for reliable coding and safe performing environment.

11.Future Proof: The Autel company frequently releases new versions of the software and engine code library that makes it compatible for newly launched vehicles. If any “Unknown” or “New Vehicle Found” error is reported, the custom software updates are made available to the users within 48 hours. It is like, every customer is treated like an elite by the company.

12.Lightweight & Compact Size: The total weight of the device is 28.9 Pounds. That makes it an easy to carry gadget. The product has been designed to be carried single handy yet it doesn’t mean it will fit in your pocket. In particulars, the product dimensions count as 9 inches in length 18 inches in width and 7.6 inches in height.

13.Additional Features: This professional engine scan tool has many other fabulous features such as 2.0 USB connector, microphone, dual speakers, 4-band 3.5mm audio jack, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensors, RJ45 Ethernet connection, 3G/4G compatibility, WDMCA module and many more. Also, it supports multi-languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Portuguese. What else are you looking for?

14.Remote Technical Support: “Autel” is known for it’s after sales services. If you face any problem with the device, just give them a call and a technician will be there to assist you. The technician can access your device remotely. That leads to faster resolutions and high satisfaction. The support is custom as well. If the device has a non-resolvable fault, a custom software upgrade or replacement is provided as long as the warranty is not void.

15. Free MaxiTPMS TS601 Testing Scanner with every purchase. It acts as a quick scanner or an additional scanner for your team mates.

16.Enables cloud-based data managing for saving records and notes. You can use any free cloud storage service as the files for scanned data are very small in sizes. Typically, in Killobytes.