We sold our SD-2 a few months ago and purchased a brand new SDX. This tool replaces the SD-1, 2 and 3....and even offers support for cars as new as the 612. Although we "loved" the quirkiness of the SD-2, we really needed more (newer) vehicle coverage and more stable connectivity. The SDX will run on a modern Windows 10 platform. We've got ours set up to run on a Surface Pro 4, which makes it very convenient to use "in vehicle." A few shots of the set-up as we perform clutch diagnostics on a 360.
Wish there were more affordable alternatives for DIY'ers
I hear you. There just aren't a lot of choices out there that are affordable for single vehicle or occasional use. The Texa is one alternative or perhaps, with even less functionality, the AE unit. For cars of the 360 era or newer, the AE might make some sense, although I'd call them to ensure compatibility with what (specifically) you're trying to connect with. I hear this and that about the Launch products and what they supposedly can do. Connecting to a vehicle and writing parameters or initiating procedures is a different story altogether. I'd need to see/experience these capabilities before proceeding. Keep in mind that from the 360 on, with minor exception, all functions can be accessed through the OBD-II port. Other most other models, connection is required to the ALDL connectors at the various ECUs. As long as what you purchase has those capabilities, you should be in good shape.
I was fortunate to pickup an SD2 last week just a few days before I was going to purchase a Galileo.
Now the long journey begins to learn the tool which I'm looking forward to.
There is some discussion about software called Xdiag Pro 3 that is stupid cheap - like $30.00 per car make. It apparently works with Launch but I don't know much about it. I plan to give it a shot just so I can try and clear an annual service light on my friends 458 after I do the oil change.
David- Really nice set-up. Does it include software for all the models or is it still done on CDs like the SD2?
Thanks. I'm very pleased with the purchase. It's an incredible tool! All the model specific, test -specific software, for all of the models up to the 612, is included. There's no loading or unloading of any software during use; all is installed when you initially install the SDX CD on your laptop. Unlike the SD-2/3, the SDX does not feature a stand along mode. Frankly, I rarely used the SD-2 in that mode, as functionality in some circumstances was extremely limited.