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    Posted: 01-Jan-2011 at 21:05
Hello All - I'm new to the forum but have owned my 2002 W8 Wagon for six years.

I live in the Seattle area but keep my sail boat in San Diego.

I am a hard core computer geek but I keep my only laptop on the boat since I spend most of my time in the winter on the boat. All my computers at home where I keep the W8 are big heavy gaming machines.

What is the best OBD reader to purchase that DOES NOT need a laptop to work? I'm willing to spend a fair amount of money but want to make sure the reader does a whole lot more than a $50 one from O'Reillys.

I'm working on an very intermittent problem

EPC & EPS light come on - car runs fine no power loss
Approaching stop lights or stop signs the engine dies but will immediately restart
Putting Tiptronic in N allows engine to keep running at normal idle at the stop light/sign
After 10 minutes hard driving both lights go out

This has happened twice in the last three months / 6000 miles - once in hot weather - once in slippery cold weather
2002 W8 Wagon Silver
1993 Saab 900S Red
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  Quote fitzski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Jan-2011 at 12:27
If you're a hardcore computer geek... no doubt that extends to handhelds (iPhone, Android)...? Your best bet may be a portable solution using a wireless OBD dongle.

Start here:
2003 Passat W8 Variant
(Pacific Blue, Tan, 6sp)
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  Quote tripwalking Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-Jan-2011 at 00:12
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  Quote Jesse-B Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Oct-2011 at 02:54
any new info on this? I have an iphone and a macbook and i would like to be able to check my codes and switch it to sports mode.
They told me not to get one! I did it anyway!
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