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MultiECUScan upgrade - worth paying again?

Whose upgraded. I updated to 3.1 yesterday from 2.9 and got the message that my licence had expired and I would have to purchase again or go back to earlier version. I feel a bit cheated as its only ever bug fixes as far as I can see.

Have you bothered?

I was unable to connect to the engine ECU to find out what's causing my triangle, engine and start stop lights to be on. Hatch wiring fine. I've ordered a new battery and a modified Elm327 cable so fingers crossed but not sure whether to just stick with v2.9.
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Re: MultiECUScan upgrade - worth paying again?

Since you only use the 500 ECUs which you already have in 2.9 I personally wouldn't bother. The 500 TFT section doesn't seem to do anything anyway when I tried so I wouldn't pay out just for that.
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Re: MultiECUScan upgrade - worth paying again?

I'm at 3.0
Tried to upgrade to 3.1 but I'm timed out payment-wise, so re-loaded 3.0

There's no way I'd bother to pay any more for upgrading to 3.1 and beyond.
It's been months since I even used the program, so it's just not worth upgrading.

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Re: MultiECUScan upgrade - worth paying again?

I use it on every car I buy (10 now) but as you quite rightly say only use it on 500s. I think you're right unless there is a big advancement then I'll stick with 2.9
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Quote Originally Posted by typecastboy View Post
I use it on every car I buy (10 now) but as you quite rightly say only use it on 500s. I think you're right unless there is a big advancement then I'll stick with 2.9
Can always upgrade if something appears in an update that you need 😊
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Re: MultiECUScan upgrade - worth paying again?

same with me really

( V 2.7) but still lists all my Twinair stuff ;-)
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Can always upgrade if something appears in an update that you need

Yeah that's what I'm thinking. Hoping that the new Elm modified cable sorts out some of my connection problems too.
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All of us that have this program are grateful for it. The alternative would be to go to the dealer every time, pay their diagnostic charge, and try to get enough information out of them to properly understand the problem.
The guy who made this program, and maintains it, adding new vehicles, has quite a task on his hands, and does very well. I was surprised it was this cheap, and also surprised the licence was a one-off.
I would prefer an annual small fee, to keep it affordable, and acceptable, and to keep his income more fluid and manageable.
If none of us pay the upgrade, we have to rely on the professional users to pay. We do not want this to disappear.
A while ago I looked for a similar program for VW, and only found one at about 300. Can't remember where now, but managed without.
Could do with one for an older Suzuki van, but no joy there either.
Support what we have.

Edit: I've not tried upgrading yet, but the MES website suggests that earlier version owners can still upgrade for free. Is there something missing from the website front page, or are those of you being asked for more money doing something different, like moving the program to a different computer?
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Quote Originally Posted by portland_bill View Post
Edit: I've not tried upgrading yet, but the MES website suggests that earlier version owners can still upgrade for free. Is there something missing from the website front page, or are those of you being asked for more money doing something different, like moving the program to a different computer?
MES website says this:

- The License is valid for CURRENT VERSION of the multiecuscan software.
- The License is also valid for 1-YEAR FREE UPDATES of the multiecuscan software. After 1 year you can continue to use the software forever, but you will not be able to update it. The price of additional 1-YEAR updates is the same as the regular REGISTERED License price (50 EUR).

I've had mine for over a year, so I'm at the the most recent update I can have.
Is it worth 50 Euro to update for another year?
I doubt it.

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Quote Originally Posted by typecastboy View Post
Whose upgraded. I updated to 3.1 yesterday from 2.9 and got the message that my licence had expired and I would have to purchase again or go back to earlier version. I feel a bit cheated as its only ever bug fixes as far as I can see.

Have you bothered?

I was unable to connect to the engine ECU to find out what's causing my triangle, engine and start stop lights to be on. Hatch wiring fine. I've ordered a new battery and a modified Elm327 cable so fingers crossed but not sure whether to just stick with v2.9.
I've upgraded a couple of times. Actually one upgrade and one new licence so I now have a new version on my Toughbook and an older one on my older computer. You can move from computer to computer without paying an upgrade fee. It sounds like Typecastboys issue is an interface rather than software issue although normally the engine ECU is easy to connect to. I Agree with Portland Bill, we have a great resource in Multiecuscan and should support it. N neighbour had a Saab 95 (basically same mechanicals as my Croma) and had an issue. I checked for similar software and found nothing under several hundred pounds, similarly Vag-Com that I used to use when I had an S4 costs a couple of hundred pounds and was (is?) not as easy to use as MES.


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Re: MultiECUScan upgrade - worth paying again?

Well I'm a college student so for me I wouldn't consider it worth it. Paying for something again that I already have doesn't seem logical, I'm all for supporting developers but I don't have 50 just sitting around to renew.
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I agree it's a great bit of software for us mere mortals and professionals alike, but do I want to spend another 50 euros on something that probably won't do anything different on my 500s? Probably not.

Maybe if there was a major upgrade I might, but I think for now I'll stick with V2.9. I wish I had upgraded to V3 before my year was up as I believe that solved the ISO errors that keep coming up.

Don't know why I can't connect to the engine ECU, I have done before. It has seemed intermittent with different cars and different ECUs. My 63 plate Sport that was a Cat C wouldn't reset the Airbag ECU so I had to buy a second hand one but the one I've just completed reset with no problem.
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Quote Originally Posted by Mick F View Post
MES website says this:

- The License is valid for CURRENT VERSION of the multiecuscan software.
- The License is also valid for 1-YEAR FREE UPDATES of the multiecuscan software. After 1 year you can continue to use the software forever, but you will not be able to update it. The price of additional 1-YEAR updates is the same as the regular REGISTERED License price (50 EUR).

I've had mine for over a year, so I'm at the the most recent update I can have.
Is it worth 50 Euro to update for another year?
I doubt it.

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Thanks for that. Took a bit of finding, as not on the home page, only on the payment page.
My original licence was for FiatECUScan, from Jan 2012, so I've had four years for my 50. It still seems a bit steep to pay the same every year. I'll probably not renew for another year or so.

I think an annual fee of 10-15 would have most people happy to pay. Above 20 and sales would drop off. Just my thoughts, perhaps others might like to suggest a fee.

First purchase should remain at 50, then an annual fee. Votes?
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I agree it's a great bit of software for us mere mortals and professionals alike, but do I want to spend another 50 euros on something that probably won't do anything different on my 500s? Probably not.

Maybe if there was a major upgrade I might, but I think for now I'll stick with V2.9. I wish I had upgraded to V3 before my year was up as I believe that solved the ISO errors that keep coming up.

Don't know why I can't connect to the engine ECU, I have done before. It has seemed intermittent with different cars and different ECUs. My 63 plate Sport that was a Cat C wouldn't reset the Airbag ECU so I had to buy a second hand one but the one I've just completed reset with no problem.
Connection problems may be addressed by reading post 5 of this thread: https://www.fiatforum.com/panda/352156-fiatecuscan.html (Hopefully)
I've found that I need to check the settings every time, and they often need resetting.
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Connection problems may be addressed by reading post 5 of this thread: https://www.fiatforum.com/panda/352156-fiatecuscan.html (Hopefully)
I've found that I need to check the settings every time, and they often need resetting.
I've copied and pasted that to print. I've ordered a cable anyway which is the modified one which is meant to solve the problems, but I will try that tomorrow too. Thanks for linking to that.
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