best Scanners

Jon Technician Florida Posted   Latest   Edited  

Looking for a new Scanner. currently have the AUTEL MaxiSys with MaxiFlash Elite J2534 pass through and Matco Maximus 3.0.

Both are a few years old but work great. Do not need a scanner with a built in scope as i have a pico scope and personally feel there is not one better. Just wanna get opinion on what everyone is using and why the like it. For me the Autel is the better scanner of these two however with that said there are a few times like on Mercedes where the functions are there but would not perform the function. where as on the matco the functions would not be there at all. looking for scanner for more advanced functions. bi-directional control and programing and configuring are a must so looking at higher end of the price range i know but what is everyone using and what works the best for everyone. thanks for taking time.

Edit: we are a general repair shop and work on absolutely every thing. we dont specialize in american or european or chineese vehicles. So if multiple scanners is better option then just one im ok with that also 

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Matt Diagnostician
Minnesota
Matt
 

The best information you can give this group is an idea of what carlines you are targeting and what level of service you wish to provide on those carlines. There really isn't one scan tool to own, even if you only wish to service one carline.

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Jay Owner/Technician
Rhode Island
Jay
 

If you are looking to fill Autel holes check out the TopDon Phenix Elite and or the Thinkcar S10 both are around $1500 they are amazing and fast both have topology, bi direction , coding etc, secure gateway and just to drive it home it fills Autel’s coverage holes. Graphing is good and the thinkcar updates are $350 and both are 10“ tablets.

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Diego Technician
California
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I'm wondering this about the IM608 with the key cloner. Would be an awesome feature to have, does it diagnose the same was as the rest of their lineup? I was also looking at an Ultra but also have a Pico so no need.

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Jay Owner/Technician
Rhode Island
Jay
 

I have both the IM608 is phenomenal no new stuff like topology but amazing. Also I’d get the 919 vs the ultra That thing is so heavy and so big it gets very tiresome

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Larry Owner/Technician
California
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Off the top of my head, I cant think of any manufacturer that doesnt have a reasonable 1-3 day subscription for the O.E. software, other than mercedes (who in my opinion is actively working to make it to difficult for the independent to work on the cars vs other OEs like toyota who want to give you all the help they can-but I digress) I have all the oe softwares installed across a couple laptops…

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Jose Diagnostician
El Salvador
Jose
 

My personal opinion to buy myself a scanner is the new communication protocol can FD or DOIP. good luck !!

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Bruce Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
Bruce
 

Autel 909, 919 and Ultra do Can FD and DoIP.

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Randy Technical Support Specialist
Ohio
Randy
 

Might want to take a look at the I-Scan 3 from Autoland. Also it features a bug report so if the software does not work you can send in a bug report and they usually fix it within 24 hours.

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Jon Technician
Florida
Jon
 

I have been hearing a lot about the i-scan 3 lately. I will definitely look into that one thanks.

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Geoff Diagnostician
Hawaii
Geoff
 

G-Scan does that too.... but on the original tool it was pretty complicated to get them the "log session" of what did not work, which was required. Not sure with the newer versions of the tool. (2, 3 etc)

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Randy Technical Support Specialist
Ohio
Randy
 

It's easy with the GScan 2 and Zenith Z5

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Gary Diagnostician
New Jersey
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I have the MS919 around two years now. Very happy with it. I did get the small wireless Bluetooth module because the j box part of it is a little bulky so I just leave that in the bag until it's needed. Very good layout. No problems that are major that I can think of. All scan tools have their pros and cons. Just keep doing your research. All of my snap on scanners are now collecting a little…

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John Owner/Technician
Iowa
John
 

Demo them all and see what works best for you. You will need at least two full line scan tools if not more.

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