Today, while picking up Mitsi
(my original i-MiEV) that was in the shop for the latest recall and the airbag light (they couldn't find anything wrong so just reset it), I allowed as Mitti
also had the airbag light, but that I had caused it by removing the seat. The manager was very accommodating and called the tech to come out and reset the light. The 'tools' consisted of a very rugged-looking PC, a small interface box, and the OBDII cable that he carried out to the car. It took him about a minute to do the reset (most of the time spent studying the screen and waiting...), and I had a brief chat with him. He volunteered that he couldn't get the software to run on a 'normal' PC (and of course I am clueless as to which PC operating systems are in vogue so I didn't know enough to probe that), but that the unit he has there works just fine. The tech then probed me as to how I like the i-MiEV as he was quite interested in it, so I gave him the salespitch.
Afterwards, the manager allowed as he wouldn't charge me for the light resets this time but that it is no longer under warranty. He said he wasn't worried and said, with a smile on his face, that eventually I would come to them for something they could really
charge me for.
I probed him to see if there was any way around the MUT-3 for such a simple reset and he said "no", and I followed up by asking him if he had an MUT-3 I could buy - he laughed at first and allowed as I'd have to go to their tech school first, but when he realized I was serious he allowed as they had recently disposed of an extra MUT-3 they had had.
Since, at present, the MUT-3 is the only game in town for our i-MiEV, I think I'll keep searching for a complete kit, including that obsolete PC.