Finding the right OBD II scan tool to work on a Volkswagen Passat is easy enough, some with more features than others.
One of the things that VW Passat’s have unique is VAG-COM VCDS which goes beyond industry standard OBD II codes.
All vehicles 1995 and newer have a OBD II port which started with OBD 1, 1.5, and 2 depending how new they are.
OBD II has a set but limited number of codes it gives out. OBD II is a very useful tool when diagnosing a vehicle but VAG-COM goes much more in-depth.
With VAG-Com instead of some generic code that point in a general direction much more detailed information is given narrowing the problem down more specifically.
Here is a list of some of our favorite scan tools for the Passat. Be sure to read the reviews on a unit on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure it is a good fit for you.
OBDeleven PRO Audi VW bluetooth diagnostic tool android vcd obd2 vag obdII com can
The OBDeleven PRO works well with most Volkswagen’s VAG group cars, including the Passat B5.
It is a Bluetooth Dongle that will pair with a android smartphone to give codes with a app.
It can clear codes and has support for ABS, airbags, and all VAG group diagnostic trouble codes
The app does require more money to unlock some features.
Xtool Vag401 Live Data OBD2 Car Diagnostic Scan Tool for Vw Audi Seat Skoda Vehicles
The Xtool Vag401 is a stand alone scan tool that doesn’t require a laptop or smartphone.
It works well for the Passat and scanning codes, as well as clearing them, even ABS codes.
The manual is a bit lacking but is a good buy for the price. If you need a stand alone code scanner for your Passat it is worth a look.
Panlong Bluetooth OBD2 OBDII Car Diagnostic Scanner Check Engine Light for Android – Compatible with Torque Pro
Most anyone who has been looking for a OBD II scan tool will come across the very cheap generic OBD2 dongles.
These small units pair with a smartphone and use a app to display errors. Unlike specific ones built for VW the generic ones will only give basic codes.
Still they do work for basic repairs and their low cost make them ideal for those on a budget.
I have used them in a pinch and they do work just don’t expect wonders and only basic information, no VAG-COM info.
MaxiService VAG505 Scan Tool for Most VW Audi Seat Skoda Vehicles OBD2 Auto Diagnostic Scanner
The MaxiService VAG505 is a very nice scanner that most at home mechanics will not need as it has many built-in features.
Beyond the basic reading and clearing codes it also has features such as live data, freeze frame, components test and much more.
The features make the unit more costly so unless you have a need a cheaper solution may be better.
having a good scanner when working on your Passat will go a long way in troubleshooting and repairing the problem.
Keep in mind any OBD II scan tool should give you general codes and VAGCOM units are made to narrow a problem better.
There are many scanner tools available with those above simply some of our favorites. Do you have a good scanner that work well the VW vehicles? Let us know in the comments below.