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Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone has the Snap On MODIS and what do you think of it as a diagnostic piece of kit. I have been offered one to buy and would appreciate any feedback from more experienced techs who have used it before I think of buying it.

DavidSmile

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 Posted 1/2/2010 7:37:42 PM
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borrowed one a while back for a week..diagnostic software is no different to its cheaper brothers..runs pretty slow,scope is good once you get it set up..a bit of a pain at times.

for the money it was offered for it wasnt worth it at all,if you price up a solus pro,pico and laptop it works out a lot cheaper,also youre software on the laptop will run a lot better than it would on the modis.its handy being an all in one solution but way way overpriced.

there will be some snap-on fans out there who disagree but they are a bit thin on the ground diagnostic wise nowadays compared to some. 

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I had a MODIS, traded it in last year for a VERUS due to an offer way too good to refuse, I had no probs with it, other than the multimeter part packing in for some unknown reason, repaired in warranty no probs, and demo MODIS given to me from my dealer, I liked the feel of the unit and it's ease of handling, the single unit appealed to me as I work from a number of locations, scope worked fine, easy to use and IIRC the last software update on it gave you even more "idiot" guides and how to's, while the software is the same as on the ETHOS and SOLUS I think the higher end models allow you to do more with it, but and I stand to be corrected on this I don't think you can run other software on it.
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While coverage on the Modis may be the same as the Ethos, the software is NOT!
With the Ethos you cannot perform things like actuator tests, reset learned values, program keys etc.
For that you would need a Solus or higher.
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 Posted 1/3/2010 7:11:34 AM
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Thanks for your input guys, most appreciated.

I already own the Solus Pro, not had major amounts of experience with it to date, have compared the software programme to MODIS, which visually appears the same, but obviously will have operating differences in practical use. The reason for asking your views is that the MODIS is on offer to me, which will superceed the Solus, but also I have been offered the Vantage Pro, now I maybe wrong because some of you guys may not have heard of it, but it is a dual trace live scope meter manufactured by Snap On, which I am told is available in the UK from February 2010, so I know the software will be available for EOBD coverage.

The vantage Pro tests live data at the front door, the one I have been offered arrives with a long list of accessories which I am told are sold seperately, and if I purchase the MODIS, same applies all accessories are sold seperately.

So if I were to choose to buy the Vantage Pro with accessories, the cost is probably going to be less because accessories are not included with MODIS and I probably would have to buy these before being able to operate it?

The other things I have to think about are; on the Vantage Pro the software automatically gives the operator a comparison waveform for sensors inputs, showing magnitude, time and frequency of operation, where other scopes would display a waveform having nothing to compare it to, which is OK providing you know what you are looking for, which is not to difficult with sensors, but it is the cause of the problems on the waveforms which makes the brain function, not the waveform itself?

Now I have a laptop, writing on it at the moment, I also have Shop Stream Connect, which displays upto 16 graphs at a time, and I also have Autodata, so at the moment I really am wondering which way I should go, because I could buy the Pico, which will cost probably between £1500 - £2000 at the end of the day, then I have multiples of different makes of equipment are trying to communicate which could be a bad move?

Very undecided at the moment?

DavidSmile

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 Posted 1/3/2010 7:54:42 AM
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keep laptop,solus software no different to that on the modis so keep it,4 channel pico about 1500 quid(may get it cheaper??)better  scope and support also waveform database to compare to,doddle to set up. think many will agree and will probably save you a shed load of money to buy other stuff for the pico.

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 Posted 1/3/2010 9:51:47 AM
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markt (03/01/2010)
keep laptop,solus software no different to that on the modis so keep it,4 channel pico about 1500 quid(may get it cheaper??)better  scope and support also waveform database to compare to,doddle to set up. think many will agree and will probably save you a shed load of money to buy other stuff for the pico.

Hi mark

If I read what you are saying correctly, you are saying;

Keep Solus Pro, and buy Pico scope?

DavidSmile

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 Posted 1/3/2010 2:12:31 PM
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David,

If you are even thinking of buying a Pico then you shouldn't hesitate.

A word of warning though, Picoflu is highly contagious and takes over your life.

As others have said, there is no difference in the snapon software whichever machine it is running on.

I have a 4 channel Pico and am just about to purchase another kit as sometimes 4 channels are just not enough.

Have a look on Autonerdz forum and you'll see what I mean about Picoflu, their deluxe kit with support is to die for as well.

Hth

Doc...


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 Posted 1/3/2010 2:25:10 PM
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nicely put Doc Smile

David.

its youre choice at the end of the day,hopefully our help will be taken onboard when you consider which way to go.once you try the pico though you will see what all the fuss is aboutTongue

plus the money saved will help also,not trying to detract any snappy dealer from a sale but it just isnt worth it ...especially if you go for the verus then one day get to try a pico then you will be highly disappointed.in the end though its youre choiceWink

regards,

mark. 

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 Posted 1/3/2010 6:24:25 PM
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Thanks guys, your input is much appreciatedSmile

I will have a look at the delux kit. I have read previously on other forums that some people had problems with the Pico scope not working, but its like anything else really, how many people on a daily basis have car trouble at this time of year, yet we mechanics/technicians never doSmile

do weTongue

DavidSmile


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