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Having that tool is a good thing and I get it but what if I am in a place where no one has this Vida software? Can a mechanic not read codes through the regular OBD2 reader and try and fix the car? Should I be worried to take this on a road trip to Utah thinking what if it breaks down and no one has the ability to diagnose and fix it?
 

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Is there a current issue with the vehicle?
 

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Get a Veepeak bluetooth reader on amazon...$27 and download the obd fusion app from the
app store for apple, or the torque pro app for android.(between $10-$15) works great, pulls
codes and resets them, direct internet look up or you can manually look up codes on google
search. It also gives great real time data, based on the vehicles available sensors.
Being a Volvo, there are sensors.
 

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Hop on Facebook and look for the Volvo VIDA groups. You should be able to get a bespoke laptop, VIDA, and DICE, for under $500. You need to have either a laptop dedicated to VIDA, or a dual boot machine with VIDA on it, as a number of typical background programs on a PC will make VIDA not run correctly, or at all. The Windows environment for VIDA needs to be squeaky clean.

As mentioned above, a bluetooth ODB-II code reader is well worth having for day to day use. Sometimes you'll get one-off codes that mean nothing, and a phone is a silly convenient way to keep track of things. Unfortunately, every brand or model car is a different, so it makes sense that OBD-II can't keep track of everything. Probably most of the error codes any brand of car will produce will be beyond the scope of OBD-II. Thus, a need for dealership-level software becomes obvious. A VIDA/DICE setup will pay for itself almost instantly when trouble arises.

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A lot of shops can read the codes and access repair procedures. You are right in thinking that there aren't many places in Utah that repair Volvo's and have VIDA/Dice. You can get a clone Dice unit for about the cost of a diagnostic read at a shop; and the cracked VIDA download is free if you have an old laptop. Why not just bring one along just in case?
 

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Of course factory scan tools are THE best option. "IF" dollars are no option. But for a
daily with no current problems. HMMMM. Ive taken the Volvo to different dealerships,
for for major repairs(ford replacing side curtain airbags,etc. , german concepts for major repairs(complete
motor pull and installation), At no time was I made aware that they needed a VIDA DICE
specific to Volvo to do the work. Any modern shop should be capable of handling your
Volvo. Obviously, small/quaint shops probably will not have the means. The scan tool
is only going to let you know what the computer says the problem is. Most of todays
repairs, by a good mechanic, can be discerned from experience. IMHO. Your are better off
doing a pre trip check, fluid levels, tire pressure, make sure bulbs are working, a/c is blowing
nice and cold, etc. This one will keep all the natives happy in hot weather.
 

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Thanks for all the helpful replies. As long as the mechanic has the OBD reader and can read basic codes to "see" what's going on, would be good.
Taking an older laptop or a laptop that can dual boot is too much of a hassle on a trip.
 

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OK, I think I need to jump in here, as there seems to be a little misunderstanding about how "our" VIDA works and what it does. :) Keep in mind, whatever I tell you here, doesn't reflect any kind of legal issues, as VIDA and the DICE are technically illegal, as you don't license them from Volvo. But that's not the point here.

First, VIDA is "only" the software. You can and possibly should use it, as it is by far the best tool, with undeniably a lot more information than any other book or software you can get. Even if you don't have a DICE (more later), using the instructions and pictures is great.

What are the possible ways to use VIDA?
You can do a "standalone" install on your PC, but as already said, this isn't anything for unexperienced PC users. You should know, what you are doing, but it is doable. That would be either your working machine, or a dedicated PC.
BUT, and that's the recommended way, you simply use a virtual machine (VM) for your VIDA. Sounds promising? It is! The user @roxanaschram has made a really well designed version of VIDA, even with a redesigned interface (everything is already in that image: windows10, VIDA, necessary programs and so on). You can get it in the OBD section of this very forum. :) It is really simple to install, does not make any trouble on your PC, and works great, even with a DICE. You have to install a software for your virtual machine, like VMWare, and afterwards just double click on the downloaded VIDA image. That's all! ;)

And the best thing is: doesn't cost a penny! :) Check the link on the end of this post, the instructions are very, very simple, you will find them in the link.

Going one step further means you would get a DICE. That is the hardware part, to connect VIDA (read as: your PC) with your car. The DICE is a cloned device, somewhere in China there must have been a Volvo dealer, that gave away his device, and they "simply" cloned it. So far so good, but you can get these for around $50.- on ebay, directly send from China... If you are looking for a tested and working device, there are people all over the different Volvo forums (for example, check the GB forum), that sell complete packages for around $250.-. $500.- would be way to much for a ripped software and a cloned device. ;)

And now, here is my recommendation (not only for you, for everyone who has a Volvo build after 2000 and before 2014):
Get the Image and the Virtual Machine, it is really simple! Then look on ebay and get a DICE from China.

I don't know about the US, but here in Germany you have to pay around $35.- to get the codes read from the dealer... So second time code reading, the DICE is paid for...

And here are the links:
https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?481385-VIDA-Dice-2014D-VM-Image-Download-Link

https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?242441-Volvo-VIDA-2014D-and-Windows-10-Pro
 

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OK, I think I need to jump in here, as there seems to be a little misunderstanding about how "our" VIDA works and what it does. :) Keep in mind, whatever I tell you here, doesn't reflect any kind of legal issues, as VIDA and the DICE are technically illegal, as you don't license them from Volvo. But that's not the point here.

First, VIDA is "only" the software. You can and possibly should use it, as it is by far the best tool, with undeniably a lot more information than any other book or software you can get. Even if you don't have a DICE (more later), using the instructions and pictures is great.

What are the possible ways to use VIDA?
You can do a "standalone" install on your PC, but as already said, this isn't anything for unexperienced PC users. You should know, what you are doing, but it is doable. That would be either your working machine, or a dedicated PC.
BUT, and that's the recommended way, you simply use a virtual machine (VM) for your VIDA. Sounds promising? It is! The user @roxanaschram has made a really well designed version of VIDA, even with a redesigned interface (everything is already in that image: windows10, VIDA, necessary programs and so on). You can get it in the OBD section of this very forum. :) It is really simple to install, does not make any trouble on your PC, and works great, even with a DICE. You have to install a software for your virtual machine, like VMWare, and afterwards just double click on the downloaded VIDA image. That's all! ;)

And the best thing is: doesn't cost a penny! :) Check the link on the end of this post, the instructions are very, very simple, you will find them in the link.

Going one step further means you would get a DICE. That is the hardware part, to connect VIDA (read as: your PC) with your car. The DICE is a cloned device, somewhere in China there must have been a Volvo dealer, that gave away his device, and they "simply" cloned it. So far so good, but you can get these for around $50.- on ebay, directly send from China... If you are looking for a tested and working device, there are people all over the different Volvo forums (for example, check the GB forum), that sell complete packages for around $250.-. $500.- would be way to much for a ripped software and a cloned device. ;)

And now, here is my recommendation (not only for you, for everyone who has a Volvo build after 2000 and before 2014):
Get the Image and the Virtual Machine, it is really simple! Then look on ebay and get a DICE from China.

I don't know about the US, but here in Germany you have to pay around $35.- to get the codes read from the dealer... So second time code reading, the DICE is paid for...

And here are the links:
https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?481385-VIDA-Dice-2014D-VM-Image-Download-Link

https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?242441-Volvo-VIDA-2014D-and-Windows-10-Pro
Very Helpful. Thanks!
 

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I am sure the Vida/Dice combo is great but seriously if a wife or GF has to take these cars on longer road trips then I am sure they are not going to take this extra stuff with them and plug in to read codes.
Also checking fluids, etc. is great practice but a car could break down anywhere unexpectedly. The first thing you'd do is take it to a mechanic to get the car fixed. The priority will not be to search for a Volvo specialist in small town AZ or UT with Vida/Dice. Most mechanics will have the OBD reader and that is not enough to fix this car? SMH!
 

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I am sure the Vida/Dice combo is great but seriously if a wife or GF has to take these cars on longer road trips then I am sure they are not going to take this extra stuff with them and plug in to read codes.
Also checking fluids, etc. is great practice but a car could break down anywhere unexpectedly. The first thing you'd do is take it to a mechanic to get the car fixed. The priority will not be to search for a Volvo specialist in small town AZ or UT with Vida/Dice. Most mechanics will have the OBD reader and that is not enough to fix this car? SMH!
An OBD reader might be enough to diagnose a problem or it might not. Seriously? SMH? Have a nice trip.
 

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OK, I think I need to jump in here, as there seems to be a little misunderstanding about how "our" VIDA works and what it does. :) Keep in mind, whatever I tell you here, doesn't reflect any kind of legal issues, as VIDA and the DICE are technically illegal, as you don't license them from Volvo. But that's not the point here.

First, VIDA is "only" the software. You can and possibly should use it, as it is by far the best tool, with undeniably a lot more information than any other book or software you can get. Even if you don't have a DICE (more later), using the instructions and pictures is great.

What are the possible ways to use VIDA?
You can do a "standalone" install on your PC, but as already said, this isn't anything for unexperienced PC users. You should know, what you are doing, but it is doable. That would be either your working machine, or a dedicated PC.
BUT, and that's the recommended way, you simply use a virtual machine (VM) for your VIDA. Sounds promising? It is! The user @roxanaschram has made a really well designed version of VIDA, even with a redesigned interface (everything is already in that image: windows10, VIDA, necessary programs and so on). You can get it in the OBD section of this very forum. :) It is really simple to install, does not make any trouble on your PC, and works great, even with a DICE. You have to install a software for your virtual machine, like VMWare, and afterwards just double click on the downloaded VIDA image. That's all! ;)

And the best thing is: doesn't cost a penny! :) Check the link on the end of this post, the instructions are very, very simple, you will find them in the link.

Going one step further means you would get a DICE. That is the hardware part, to connect VIDA (read as: your PC) with your car. The DICE is a cloned device, somewhere in China there must have been a Volvo dealer, that gave away his device, and they "simply" cloned it. So far so good, but you can get these for around $50.- on ebay, directly send from China... If you are looking for a tested and working device, there are people all over the different Volvo forums (for example, check the GB forum), that sell complete packages for around $250.-. $500.- would be way to much for a ripped software and a cloned device. ;)

And now, here is my recommendation (not only for you, for everyone who has a Volvo build after 2000 and before 2014):
Get the Image and the Virtual Machine, it is really simple! Then look on ebay and get a DICE from China.

I don't know about the US, but here in Germany you have to pay around $35.- to get the codes read from the dealer... So second time code reading, the DICE is paid for...

And here are the links:
https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?481385-VIDA-Dice-2014D-VM-Image-Download-Link

https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?242441-Volvo-VIDA-2014D-and-Windows-10-Pro
+1 :thumbup: agree and the best way is not a deidcated laptop but to have a your decent laptop with at least 8gb of RAM and run the virtual machine either WM ware or Virtual Machine, so you can even run it off line and consult all the technical documentation and plan any repair or know what you are getting into. the best is you have access to all the repair documentation from volvo and diagnostics tools the dealer has. With the Dice the benefit is you can monitor realtime all the sensors, and troubleshoot any error codes that have been generated and clear them on your Volvo up to 2014. very handy if you are DIY and if you like to fix your own volvo it is really worth getting Vida and DICE ;)

again so much knowledge and good stuff on this forum.
 

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I am sure the Vida/Dice combo is great but seriously if a wife or GF has to take these cars on longer road trips then I am sure they are not going to take this extra stuff with them and plug in to read codes.
Also checking fluids, etc. is great practice but a car could break down anywhere unexpectedly. The first thing you'd do is take it to a mechanic to get the car fixed. The priority will not be to search for a Volvo specialist in small town AZ or UT with Vida/Dice. Most mechanics will have the OBD reader and that is not enough to fix this car? SMH!
I'm not sure, but I think, we are talking about different things here. For me, VIDA/DICE is an essential combo, that I use/need to have a reliable car, without the need for a mechanic. I want to do, what I can do by myself. I want to be able, to do repairs even on holidays. And whereever I am, I would like to know, what is happening with the car.

But, if someone else is on holiday with the car, even if he (or she) would know how to read error codes, he/she couldn't repair it... Ok, in my case, it's different, my wife can use VIDA and the DICE, and she can also repair a car. :) She is the only person I know, that has in fact changed the radiator in a Lamborghini... :D

It's simple: do you want to know, what's going on with your car, get the combo, and explain, whoever the car is using, how to put the OBD-plug in the tablet, that is always in the car with the DICE. The rest is me on the phone, with my installed version of VIDA running at home. Nerdy, I know.

And if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, you will have to find someone, that has the tools to check your car. A normal OBD reader will do for 60% of the work, but for everything else, even a VIDA/DICE will not get you anywhere, with the parts and tools needed only available at a main dealer... ;) But that is the case for nearly all modern cars.
 

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True story - last summer my XC90 just plain quit while I was on the road in the Michigan UP, and wouldn't restart until the flatbed arrived, at which point it fired right up. Got towed to a mechanic anyway....he couldn't find any codes, and the problem didn't recur for a few months. By that time, I had a VIDA setup ($300 Win7 laptop and $70 cloned DICE with VIDA), which not only told me I had a fuel pressure problem, it also told me I had had the same problem on the day the car died out in the sticks. Traced it to a bad PEM or corroded connection...cleaned the connection (free) and replaced the PEM ($50 used). VIDA gives MUCH more detail than standard readers, plus it includes part diagrams, repair/replace/maintenance instructions, and handy stuff like that.

Since then, the laptop, DICE and a decent little toolbox come along on EVERY road trip. If the check engine light comes on, I can find out why and know if it's a big problem or a little one, and if I do break down somewhere and can't fix it, I can pull the codes myself and tell the mechanic what they are and the most likely causes. Lot of peace of mind for not much money, there.
 
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