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How to choose Jaguar & Land Rover JLR diagnostic tool

Here is the buying guide with comparison of VXDIAG VCX NANO for Jaguar & Land Rover OEM diagnostic tool, JLR Mongoose cable, VCM2 scanner and DA-VINA J2534 interface.



vxdiag vcx nano JLR: €108 (best choice for diagnosis and ecu & key programming)

Mongoose cable clone: €48 (best solution of diagnosis)

JLR VCM2 chinese: €189

DA-VINA J2534: €100



workable with the genuine:

Mongoose & DA-VINDA interfaces work with the original JLR SDD IDS software.


Wi-Fi: vxdiag vcx nano, vcm 2

Basic diagnosis: all ok

Key making: vcm2, vxdiag nano, DA-VINA

Ecu programming: vcm2, vxdiag nano, DA-VINA

Offline programming: JLR SDD V141 (advised to use with VXDIAG VCX NANO diagnostic tool.)



New cars solution:

If you need to new Jaguar and Land Rover model up to 2014 year, DA dongle 2534 or Mongoose pro which version 139.14 up are recommended. Now the SDD version 145 is the one tested without any issues by thousands of people.



Vehicle coverage:

JLR Mangoose cable

Work on JLR models before 2014, including
Land Rover: L316, L319, L320, L322, L359, L538

Jaguar: X100, X150, X202, X250, X350, X351, X400
VXDIAG VCX NANO for Jaguar and Land Rover:

Work on Jaguar and Land Rover (2005 - 2014), including

Land Rover: L316, L319, L320, L322, L359, L405,L494, L550, L538

Jaguar: X100, X150, X152, X202, X250, X350, X351, X400


JLR VCM2 diagnostic scanner:
Defender, Discovery /LR3/LR4, Range Rover Sport & New Range Rover Sport, New Range Rover, Freelander /LR2, Evoque, XJ – X351, XK – X150, XF

* Range Rover (fully supported apart from viewing Data logger signals from both ECM and TCM

modules simultaneously on 2006MY variants)
DA-VINA SAE J2534 interface:

Work on JLR models after 2005, including
Defender, Discovery /LR3/LR4, Range Rover Sport & New Range Rover Sport, Range Rover, New Range Rover, Freelander /LR2, Evoque, XJ – X351, XK – X150, XF, Xtpye, Stpye and Ftype





vxdiag vcx nano JLR: €108 (best choice for diagnosis and ecu & key programming)

JLR Mongoose cable clone: €48 (best solution of diagnosis)



Honda HIM HDS pcb rework for car connection problem

So I have one of those chinese HDS clones and Racy Jace was due to pop over yesterday afternoon, so I wanted to be sure I could get my Honda HDS HIM
connected to my Accord before Jace got there.

Unfortunately this didn't happen, no matter what I tried, the darn thing would not connect, now I have always had trouble getting it connected up and its just a pain in the back side. I failed to get the thing working in time for Jace visit to my place.

After Jace left, I thought I have another go, order of connecting things up seems very important with these things, so I went shopping for them.
He confirmed that I seem to be doing everything right, connected HDS to Com port of PC (make sure it's COM1), power on HIM (the actual box - Honda Interface Module), switch on ignition, start up HDS (Honda Diagnostic Software), click on connect, when it tells you to, plugin the OBD connector and voila it should work.

Nope still not connecting !! So I carry on messing about, try differing combos of powering it and connecting it without any joy. DD suggested that CJs theory is physical comm ports won't work and you need a particular type of USB-serial-COM port cable with specific Prolific USB drivers. Now I do actually have this cable and those drivers installed but had no clue where the USB serial cable would be.

With the combos exhausted and with me now getting annoyed I thought I try something different, on the HDS software there is a Self Test mode but to do this self test you need the loop back dongle plugged into the end of the OBD connector, and the chances of finding that somewhere were slim. Another option was to update the firmware on the HIM. So I thought lets try that, so I try it and it asks to press the button on the HDS for a few second, I press the button and hey presto it starts updating the HIM firmware.

Great, so its not got any issues with com ports, that part is working just fine. It then came flooding back to me, last time I used my HIM I remember suspecting that there was either a break in the OBD wire that comes out of the HIM or a connection/circuit issue on my HIM that was causing it not to be able to talk to the car.

So this time I decided to take it apart and have a look inside, this is what I was immediately greeted with :-

These are the solder pins for the OBD wire


These are the pins of the connector that connects the top and bottom boards together

Now both sets of solder joints were looking in a right sorry state, mostly rather dull looking, these could be referred to as dud solder or cold solder joint, which could result in giving bad electrical connection.

So what they needed was to be reflowed but there were a lot of them and do properly them one at a time would a real ball ache.
So what I did was take my gas soldering iron, remove the solder tip and use it with a naked flame and just heat up all the joints.

Here's the result :-



Actually those pictures aren't that great but the end result was that all the solder joints looked much much better, they all now had a shiny look to them rather than a dull look.




Arrival of goods (AOG) at The hot VXDIAG VCX NANO scanners have arrived again. Enjoy!


Highlights of VXDIAG VCX NANO products:

- Better price

- Software activated, tested without issues, safe to use

- Hardware of high quality


VXDIAG VCX NANO Ford / Mazda with IDS v100

Run as the Ford VCM2, same function but lower price

WIFI version - €99

Non-wifi version - €90



clone vcm 2 & original vxdiag come with the same software but from different factories--> different brands&firmware&driver--> different price: vxdiag usually cheaper)

VXDIAG VCX NANO Toyota with Techstream TIS V10.30.029

Support diagnostic tests, programming, custom functions, key programming, etc. for Toyota or Lexus before 2015.

Wifi version - €80.90

Wireless version - €71.80


Note: Toyota mini vci cable vs VXDIAG NANO scanner

Both come with the same software but the mini vci cable CANNOT support key programming and online ECU programming.



VXDIAG VCX NANO for GM/OPEL with GDS2 2014.10 & TECH2WIN 33.002

Diagnosis as the better replacement of GM MDI, with a lower price

Wifi version - €117

Wired version - €108


Note: GM MDI vs vxdiag nano gm/opel

VXDIAG VCX NANO GM DON’T support offline programming compared with GM MDI.




Back interface: marked with “VXDIAG”


Latest user feedback:

-- VXDIAG NANO for Ford

Nano is very good for Ford/Mazda IDS (VMware). Only problems with VCMII /nano is get working activated software (freezed time)
If you afraid bad VCMII clone (many is really bad) i recommend any passthru device like nano.

pass thru you will be able clearly use online in paid ford service..



The first vehicle I hooked up was a 2004 chevy cavalier running tech2win. The car was recognized by the software and I was able to read codes, live data, activate special functions. First good impression.
Then I decided to push a little more and I tried reprogramming a 2006 chevy trailblazer using tis2000. All went well.
Then I went back to the 2004 chevy cavalier and also tried to replace and reprogram the PCM with tis2000. First attempt failed, so did the 2nd attempt, the 3rd and even more

Since then, I played a bit with tech2win software (since I don't have many 2013+ GM car on hand to try GDS2) and I must admit 80% of what I tried worked. This leave me a 20% of fail attempt. If you use the tool to play with your personal car that may be fine but working professionally on client cars, I can't deal with a 80% working tool.


If you want to play around with your personal car --> definitely YES!
If you need it professionally--> NO!