Hi, thanks again for so many replies and a very interesting thread overall.
I just wanted to pipe in:
I started this thread because I didn't want to pay the dealer $125 to tell me nothing was wrong. I knew there was something screwy with my automatic transmission, and after asking around in the appropriate forums, I was told to try having the codes pulled to get more info. I'm tight on cash like most vortexers it seems, and I wanted to see if someone could pull my codes (other than the dealer). In the end a mechanic did it for free assuming that there would be something wrong which I would want him to fix (I have an appointment for monday, though no codes came up after a scan).
The problem with saying, "just buy one" is that most VW owners don't even know what a VAGCOM, they don't change their own oil and believe VW dealers when they claim that your transmission fluid never needs to be changed. For them and those with just slightly more know-how, a couple hundred bucks for a vag-tool is pretty costly.
I'm glad so many people are volunteering their vag-tools, I hope this continues and that people posting here also post at the larger list already mentioned a couple times:
Really, this is one of the friendliest communities online, thanks to everyone who's sharing their VAGCOMs, time, DIY guides, and know-how!
PS - for anyone who's interested in what else you can buy for $200: