View Full Version : Newby Q - what is "DAD"

03-25-2013, 03:35 PM
I assume it is a diagnostic tool. What does the acronym stand for?
Is it a useful tool? Where can I find more info about it?

03-25-2013, 05:34 PM
DAD: Doktor Andy Diagnostic device.

Subject of these two threads:

Basically, an early CarSoft diagnostic unit for T1N Sprinters, sold as "used" in (probably) Germany and imported and sold by this forum's resident Master (well, Doctorate) Sprinter Diagnostician Andy Bittenbinder

The source of the units has dried up, so they're no longer directly available from Andy, although occasionally a group member will sell one when they leave the T1N (2001-2006) Sprinter world

--dick (who has one)

03-25-2013, 05:40 PM
a DAD is Dr. A's Diagnostic scan tool for earlier T1N model Sprinters, not NCV3s.
Go to T1N Talk section of the forum below and the top posts are all about DADS.
Dr A is a Sprinter mechanic specialist who had found lots of unwanted Diagnostic tools and sold them to Forum members, no stock left except for Forum members selling.

03-25-2013, 07:06 PM
Thanks guys.
What is a reasonable Diag tool for a 2007 diesel?

03-29-2013, 04:52 AM
The only "reasonable Diagnostic tool" for your 2007 is the factory service diagnostic tools at your Mercedes Benz/Dodge/Freightliner dealer.
They are far too expensive for private owners, and seem too expensive and specialized for most independent shops.
The least expensive way to diagnose your 2007 Sprinter is to take it to the dealer and have the factory trained Sprinter techs run the diagnostics and
make the repairs.
The factory Sprinter techs also have resources within Mercedes Benz that are not available to non-authorized shops.
You do not have to authorize any work, but from many of the stories here on this forum, it seems some folks spend far more replacing things that
don't need replacing...to avoid having the dealer get the whole diagnostic report and then fix only the items that require it.
There are some cheap "clones" of the MB SDS system, but they feature pirated/stolen software and often do not work all that well.
Plus, even if you have the MB SDS system, you would need to go to a class for several weeks to really learn how to use it in the same way the
factory trained Sprinter techs @ your friendly Mercedes Benz authorized dealer/repair shop.
Develop a good relationship with a MB dealer that has the factory trained technicians and it could lower the cost of ownership of your Sprinter to
the minimum possible.