General Motors Factory Scan Tools
GM MDI 2 and GM MDI: This newest release GM factory scan tool begins it’s coverage in model year 2010. MDI when combined with the Global Diagnostic System 2 (GDS2) software application allows servicing of GM’s new Global Architecure Platform (Global A) vehicles. Model coverage currently includes 2010-2013 Buick LaCrosse, 2010-2013 Cadillac SRX, 2010-2013 Chevrolet Camaro, 2010-2013 Equinox, 2011-2013 Chevrolet Volt, 2011-2013 Chevrolet Cruze, 2010-2013 GMC Terrain and 2011 Buick Regal. By model year 2014 virtually all GM vehicles are serviced by using the MDI/GDS application. For all other 2010-2013 GM vehicles you will need either a GM Tech-2 or the optional ‘Tech-2 Emulator’ program to achieve OEM level functionality. The ‘Tech-2 Emulator’ uses the MDI interface device as the communications interface between pc and vehicle.
The GM MDI 2 and GM MDI when coupled up with the software application ‘GDS-2’ allows your shop to be ‘dealer level’ capable on all the above listed GM cars. Scan, pull codes, graph data and have all bi-directional controls available for all vehicle systems including Powertrain, Body, Chassis and Network. This tool will also allow you to re-program controllers as long as you have internet access on the laptop your MDI/GDS application is installed on.
GM Tech 2: This is the GM factory scan tool used in all GM dealers since 1996. Model coverage includes all makes and models of GM vehicles including passenger cars, trucks and vans. Model year coverage is from 1992 to 2013. For GM vehicles prior to 1992 you will need a Tech1A or a MasterTech listed below to achieve OEM level functionality.
The GM Tech2 will allow your shop to be to ‘dealer level’ capable on all covered GM cars. Scan, pull codes, graph data and have all bi-directional controls available for all vehicle systems including Powertrain, Body, Chassis and Network. This tool will also allow you to re-program controllers with the optional TIS-2-Web program.
Tech1A: This was the factory scanner for all GM dealers from 1983 to 1995. It is still available, but in limited quantities. The Tech1A can be a solution for restoration speciality shops working on older GM products such as Corvettes or for the private car collector.