One month ago, I had the lower quality clone Ford VCM2/VCMII IDS, used it to do module programming with no joy. Later I bought a new HQ VCM2 which can program after reading reviews at fordtransit.org/forum. I’m sure you can’t agree with me anymore that the market is flooded with many VCM2, but where and who is reliable? You shouldn’t miss my experience.
Many VCM2 users feedback the high quality PCB should be as bellow (no hot glued parts as the bad quality).
In this forum, you can’t agree with me there are many users post their experience with the seller www.cardiagtool.co.uk, totally most are good feedback, so this site gives me a good impression, then I find there are available with SP177-C1 and SP177-C, the difference between these two is that SP177-C1 is packed with WIFI card, SP177-C needs to buy WIFI card additionally. Personally, WIFI is much better when use V86, so I decided to buy VCM 2 SP177-C1, cost just over £150 plus £16 import fee .
Ford VCM2 HQ quality clone Hardware and PCB design:
VCM2 kit arrived at me in a good condition after 5 working days from the time I paid by PayPal. All is packed in a plastic box incl. a VCM2 main unit, OBD2 cable, USB cable and Wireless Adapter.
Can’t wait to take out all kits, then use a screwdriver to remove the screws on the MUX to check if the PCB is exactly the same as the forum posters’, actually it doesn’t let me down, I am very happy to have a good clone VCM2 diagnostic scanner. I take pictures and share below, as you can see the PCB has no hot glue parts.
VCM2 – best software to use:
My VCM2 clone comes with the V86 + patch & V100 software plus the calibrations disk. I also downloaded the 120 day xprog patch from Loots signature.
I want to try newest IDS V100.01 so install it on an old Dell Win XP laptop, software installation cost some time to complete by following
YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP1XqMnYoGU.
IDS is easy once you get to know it. J
Have many Ford car models to work on, i.e Ford Focus hatchback 2013, German made Ford S-Max 2.2TDCI 2011, Ford Mustang2016 etc. It works great. What’s a pity it communicate poor with 2012-2013 F250 model. It can program module as respected. In addition to read vehicle info, clear DTCs, it can make key after I get the incode by using Calculator. I updated 8 modules on my 2013 Focus after downloading the calibration files with no crashes or errors (the calibration files were provided by the dealer).
Anyways VCM2 should come with the Ford models.