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    Hi,

    I have just got a U480 Code Reader and tried it on my '05 2.0dti Vectra and it goes through the process to find the protocol but continually comes up with 'Linking Error'

    I have seen some discussion that these readers do not work with certain vehicles, something to do with steering wheel controls.

    My car's steering wheel has 2 buttons & a scroll wheel on the left hand side and also 2 buttons & a scroll whell on the right hand side.

    It is an '05 car, a pre-facelift, so according to the seller I got the reader from, it should work, they states;

    all post 2001 petrol & all post 2004 diesel.

    Has anyone else got this reader and used it on the same model and age car as mine?

    Regards..,

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    I've got the same code reader as you. Mine works on my 51 plate petrol Astra but not on my preface 2.2 dti Vectra. I don't think you will get it to work. I don't think the dti's ecu is completely OBD2 compliant regardless of year. If you had a cdti you probably wouldn't have had any problems. Your steering wheel controls just give you a clue as to whether the car is full canbus or half canbus.

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    Have you tried it both with the ignition on and also off?

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    I have the same code reader. It worked rarely on my old DTi (2.2) and mostly gave a linking error. Numerous re-tries and it did link up.

    It works every time on my CDTi though.

    I have read somewhere that the DTi's don't like some of the cheap code readers.

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    I agree with Tony, i also struggled to find a code reader for my old dti

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    So I am guessing that none of the code readers on fleabay are really suitable for my DTi?

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    Hi,
    I bought U480 and it didn t work for my 2004 2.2dti as well.
    Some of scanner adverts on ebay say suitable for vectra A B C but when I look carefully there is not vectra c between 2002-2005 they start from 2006. so it will be difficult to find one. If someone found, it would be nice to share with us. I have 2 scanners which don t read now and don t want to buy third which won t work.

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    my u480 arrived this am, doesnt work with my 07 cdti tho so i am still stuck with same problem, i may try it a few more times tonight but tried 4 times so far and just says linking error.

    not sure what to do now

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    Quote Originally Posted by J P S View Post
    my u480 arrived this am, doesnt work with my 07 cdti tho so i am still stuck with same problem, i may try it a few more times tonight but tried 4 times so far and just says linking error.

    not sure what to do now
    Is yours saying 'Linking Error', or just not working altogether?

    I contacted the ebay seller that I got mine from and this is the response:

    Hi friend
    We are sorry to hear that it shows link error,it means that Car ECU communication agreement does not support,you can test it on other car from your friends or family.
    It is no problem if you want to retrun for full refund.
    We are looking forward to your respond.
    Regards

    Sincerely, Amy/goodgood323

    I am not entirely happy but for just £16.94 that I paid for it, it is not worth arguing about, I'll just keep it for the future.

    I do also own an '04 Laguna, which I will try out the U480 on to see if it works on this car.


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    mine says linking error after flashin up the other stuff that the book says it should.

    i will try it on other cars before looking to return it tbh bu hopefully i can get it to work on mine

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