When Chrysler started switching to Can systems, Chrysler came out with the Starscan handheld scan tool and the Starmobile
Customer Flight Recorder interface.
I say 'interface' because the Starmobile required a laptop as the user interface.
They both ran on software called Desktop Client. It was good but
it was a bit limited.
The Starscan was a great tool but it was not upgradeable to run the newer Witech Can system software a few years later.
The Starmobile was able to be grandfathered in to use the Witech software since it required a laptop anyways.
Chrysler quickly put the Kebosh on the Starscan and it has been discontinued for over 5 years now.
No newer software keeps it unable to reach above 2010 models and reflashing is not possible anymore.
(Starscans are a really bad investment. Don't get suckered into buying one.)
There are plenty of sellers happy sell you one because they can buy them cheap and get uninformed people to pay good $$.
You won't ever catch me trying to sell one.
(Please read my home page if you haven't yet explaining my ethics regarding this practice.)
Witech is Chryslers newest scan tool system. It is laptop based as the user interface. It is very easy to use and is extremely effective at displaying Network diagnostics, probably among the best.
Witech shows which modules are actually supposed to be equipped and communicating, have codes and are due for a reflash update of newer software.
The network 'tree' depicted on the laptop screen shows how each module is connected and saves time when one or more are not working.
To get a better idea of Witech, you can visit their informational knowledge base website at www.kb.dcctools.com.
Their website has a lot of info about the Witech system.
Don't forget You Tube as another great source for videos of the Witech system being used.
I use what I sell and I know the value of trusting a factory scan tool to give me reliable info to speed my diagnosis.
Witech uses a vehicle interface called the VCI Pod, shaped like a black horseshoe with a antenna.
The Dealerships used it wirelessly and a expensive router was included to handle the Pod communications to a laptop.
We in the independant repair shops are required to buy the stupid $$router even though the VCI Pod workes fine on a Usb or Network cable in our shops.
($5800.00 to buy and $2400.00 yearly witech software/
hardware licensing fee's.)
I can sell the VCI Pod without the router to you more reasonably.
The VCI pod is able to run the DRB 3 emulator too. Ask me how to get it along with the emulator for $1995.00.
Add a Techauthority subscription for 1 year for $595.00
Now a newer Micro pod 2 is the latest interface and it is the size of a short box of cigarettes.
The Micropod 2 CANNOT run the DRB 3 emulator.
Only the VCI Pod can but the Micropod 2 will be used on newer vehicles that won't work with the VCI pod soon.
The VCI Pod is still working on most Chrysler vehicle currently.
I sell the Micropod 2 for $2695.00 with 1 year
Techauthority subscription including flashing modules.
I sell just the micropod for $2295.00
Witech software recommends a lot of laptop horsepower.
Chrysler really needs a laptop with a intel 2.7GHZ I7 quad processor and 4 GIG of RAM plus Windows 7 Professional.
Since this is an expensive laptop to only use for Chrysler, I setup a reconditioned Dell E6410 or E6420 business class laptop with above specs plus I also partition my solid state hard drive into 2 or 4 seperate Windows 7 Professional operating systems.
Keep Witech by itself to prevent software conflicts and still get use of other operating systems to maximize laptop use with other software programs like Ford, GM, Mazda etc.
Polyurethane keyboard protector included.
When you first start up, the laptop pauses and offers you a screen with the 4 Windows operating systems. Pick which one you want and you are on your way. I also label them to make it
more clear what is being chosen.
Windows 7 WITECH
It's easy to name them anything you want.
If a software partition gets it's software corrupted, the others still work fine.
Currently, add this laptop for $999.00 for 2 partitions or $1095.00 for 4 partitions plus shipping with 6 month warranty and service after the sale as needed thru me.
I also offer a Dell E6530 with a 9 key number pad and a bigger 17" screen for $300.00 more.
I service anything I sell. You deal directly with me.
I highly recommend an external laptop backup drive for only $99.00. With it I can restore your laptop in your shop quickly with little down time.
My reputation is to provide only the best quality available to insure your diagnostic equipment works reliably.
I look forward to helping you make the best possible decision in adding a scan tool to your shop.
Please find my contact info at the bottom of my homepage.