VXSCAN PSA: PSA Lexia 3 cable alternative?

This is the PSA Lexia 3 cable alternative – VXSCAN PSA diagnostic tool.

VXSCAN PSA user manual:

  1. What is VXSCANPSA?
  2. Why do you buy VXSCANinstead of Lexia 3?
  3. How to setup VXSCANPSA on XP/Windows 7?
  4. What can you do with VXSCANPSA on Peugeot or Citroen?
  5. Which PSA software should you choose for your car?
  6. What’s the VXSCANPSA car list?

Part 1: What is VXSCAN PSA?

VXSCAN PSA is the latest Peugeot and Citroen diagnostic tool, replacement of Lexia 3 cable.

Tested 100% and confirmed to work perfectly with Lexia3, PP2000, Diagbox V7.83

source: http://www.cardiagtool.co.uk/vxscan-lexia3-pp2000-diagbox-diagnostic-tool.html

Part 2: Why do you buy VXSCAN instead of Lexia 3?

The Lexia 3 has stopped production.

VXSCAN PSA is the new one released a Lexia cable replacement, updated a lot based on complaints of Lexia.

The PCB edge comes with original full chips.

Double PCBs includes 7pcs optocouplers

Relays are 12pcs, which are 4.5V – it is much more stable

Part 3: How to setup VXSCAN PSA on XP/Windows 7?

Software requires at least Intel Celeron/Pentium III 400 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 50MB free HDD space and USB 1.1 port (USB 2.0 recommended) and Microsoft Windows XP (Lexia 3) or Windows 7 (Diagbox) with the latest service pack installed.

Please setup the software according to the requirements of hardware and software. Otherwise it will fail to setup and bring you much trouble.

Better to install the software on the computer with Windows XP

Better to close the Anti-virus software on your computer. Because the Anti-virus may recognize it as a type of virus, it will clear off all the software on the CD.

Part 4: What can you do with VXSCAN PSA on Peugeot or Citroen?

VXSCAN PSA can not only read fault code but is able to perform almost ALL the functions like the original dealer diagnostic tool. The diagnostic interface contains K-Line multiplexor, CAN-BUS interfaces and SAE J1850 bus (both PWM and VPW).

1.Read Identification

Displays complete identification of control unit, e.g. part number, software/hardware version, manufacturer, etc…

  1. Read Fault Codes

Displays all stored and pending fault codes with complete description (e.g. “Rail pressure – too low pressure”).

Program supports report printing or copy to clipboard.

  1. Clear Fault Codes

this function clears all stored fault codes and other diagnostic information.

  1. Auto-Scan (Complete Car Scan/Test)

Detects all ECUs (electronic control units) installed in car and reads all diagnostic fault codes.

  1. Measured Values

Program displays live Data like Engine Speed, Battery voltage, Oxygen Sensor, Coolant Temperature, etc. Values can be displayed in graph, 9 values at once, or full listing (all measured values). Logging to file is also supported, which allows offline analysis.

  1. Actuator Test

Actuator test activates particular actuator (e.g. turn on fuel pump, lock/unlock wheel, lock/unlock doors, cut off fuel, etc..)

Part 5: Which PSA software should you choose for your car?

Lexia: Citroen, Planet: Peugeot, Diagbox: Citroen & Peugeot

Lexia3 – hardware
Lexia – Software for Citroen
Planet – Software for Peugeot
Diagbox – Front end which contains variations of both of the above

Diagbox is the only one which is still updated.

The hardware is currently on Revision C.

Diagbox: newer, PP2000: quicker

PP2000 and Diagbox are roughly the same thing , Diagbox being the newer software ,

PP2000 is a quicker software but will become obsolete over the next few years as Peugeot will stop using it this year ,

no point in getting PP2000 then having to change to Diagbox

Peugeot Planet: easier and faster

I have planet and also being a newbie installed planet then diagbox they both worked fine though diagbox was a lot slower (you have to start diagbox then choose planet off the option list) so basically if its just for use on your own car then using planet on its own is easier and faster though if your going to attempt using the interface on other vehicles may as well install diagbox with planet and lexia

Lexia + PP200 = Diagbox

lexia is for citreon

planet pp2000 is for peugeot

put both programmes into one software = diagbox

if your going to buy it you might as swell get diagbox which most new interfaces come with anyway.

Both Lexia & PP2000 available within Diagbox

They are the same…. the discs supplied usually contain PP2000 and Diagbox on one disc (PP2000 is also available within the Diagbox installation), and lexia for Citroens on the other. Lexia is also available within Diagbox.

So if you find an interface with rev C, the software discs will contain everything you need and more.

PP2000 on 32-bit, Diagbox on 64-bit

Planet will only run on 32-bit. Diagbox will run on 64-bit, but when you try to call Planet through Diagbox it will crash because it must have 32-bit.

What I do is install VMWare Player (free). Using that, create a virtual machine XP SP3 32-bit (you will need the disk and key). Then install Planet into that. Works well. Sounds very techy, but it is surprisingly easy, because VMWare is so well documented. When installing Planet, do not plug the Lexia interface in to the PC until prompted.

Planet & Diagbox are software Lexia cable required

The Lexia is the cable required to use the software. Only the cable.

To use the cable you will need software as well, Peugeot Planet and Diagbox are the 2 pieces of software to choose from.

Diagbox is much newer software that supports even the latest cars. However I prefer the interface of Peugeot Planet, much easier not to get lost in there.

Generally when you buy a Lexia software will be included on a disk. As to whether it is genuine or not, you should check with the seller before purchase.

Part 6: What’s the VXSCAN PSA car list? 

VXSCAN Citroen car list:


VXSCAN Peugeot car list: (most Peugeot post-1995)

iON/ 107/ 108 /206 207/ 207+/ 208/ 301/ HOGGAR/ 307/ 308/ RCZ/ 407/ 408/ 508/ 607/ 807/ 1007/ 2008/ 3008/ 4007/ 4008/ 5008/ BIPPER/ PARTNER/ EXPERT/ 106/ 205/ 306/ 309/ 405/ 406/ 605/ 806

Btw, Diagnostics is performed via OBD-II connector (which is located near steering wheel) or via manufacturer-specific connector (only older cars, pre-2001)

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