Autel MaxiIM im608

Michael Owner/Technician Quakertown, Pennsylvania Posted   Latest  

Is anyone using this? What are your thoughts on it? It looks like the key programmer is a key feature but also the scan tool features, bi-directional controls, data etc.. I am thinking about replacing / selling my Verus Edge with the Autel and wondered if this is a smart move or not. We do not specialize in anything as we're more general repair facility. GM's and Fords are our highest car line to service. The Verus Edge has served well but has glitches and some features don't work and Snap on's support for it is non existent. We have had to send a few vehicles to the dealer for key issues so it would be nice to offer that with the Autel.

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Sheldon Diagnostician
Port Moody, British Columbia
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I have it, I love it. I'm not a fan of the snap on tools as I've had miserable battery issues. I have always done EEPROM and MCU work to clone modules so this tool was a nice addition to my arsenal. One thing I'll point out, is not every function works as advertised. I have yet to successfully pull a pin code to program a prox key for Hyundai/Kia. I've also have lots of Mazda 6 prox keys fail…

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James Diagnostician
Bishop, Georgia
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Buy the Autel. But keep the Verus for the four channel scope . Unless you have another scope

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Justin Mobile Technician
Herriman, Utah
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Forget the scope. Use the snapon for one thing, graphing OBD pids.

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Michael Owner/Technician
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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I use the Pico exclusively

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Steven Owner/Technician
Syracuse, New York
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I've owned this tool for about 6 months and honestly unless your really going to get into immobilizer and key programming it is prob not what you want. I also have the autel maxisys elite which I would highly recommend for diagnostics. It has alot of key programming, fob programming for many makes and models, bi directional testing, coding, reset/relearns, vin rewrites for some used module…

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George Owner/Technician
Skagway, Alaska
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I just bought 1 because of the key programming abilities. From what I have heard from other users it is lock smith technology. I have an Autek 820 dedicated key machine that doesn't do much at all. My snap on has done a few keys and according to the dealer it will do more with the new updates. I have an Autel 908 that has done some keys. The main reason I bought the Autel 608 was for the…

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David Diagnostician
Candler, North Carolina
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Hi Michael, I’m running 20+ factory scan tools , but I still have a Verus Pro and an Autel MaxiSys 908s. With those 2 tools you can probably cover 90% of the vehicles you service.

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Richard Technician
Stony Brook, New York
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I have the 906 autel and I like it quite a bit. But I would hold on to the snap on too. But I never really sell any scan tools, I seem to just collect them and buy more.

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Caleb Diagnostician
Mishawaka, Indiana
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My 2 cents. Find a local dealer who will sell you and MDI2 and a VCM2 and setup GDS2 and IDS and dont look back. Shoot I could probably get you a new MDI2 from the parts at my dealer. I would definitley keep the Snap On.

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Michael Owner/Technician
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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GM and Ford are our most serviced as I mentioned and I have explored this option.

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Robert Mobile Technician
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Mike I bought the IM600 from Carlos at Aeswave when they first came out. It had life time updates. My main purpose was to be versatile because I have a brick and mortar business but I do mobile work in the area there were times whereby the OE tooling was clunky or the internet connection was terrible and I could not perform the immobilizer function. Using the Auro/Autel got me out of a lot of…

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Dennis Owner/Technician
Plymouth, Michigan
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My autel 908 does parameter resets

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Andrew Owner/Technician
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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I love it but have been using it for many AKL situations. If you aren't planning on doing much with keys the Elite is probably a better option. If your most serviced vehicles are Ford and GM there really is no reason not have have IDS and an MDI2.

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Paul Technician
San Bernardino, California
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Keep and use them both. Snap On’s graphing ability far outshines Autel. There will be times when your Verus will do something that your Autel won’t, and vise versa. I have a Solus Edge that I keep up to date and an Autel 908. They complement each other.

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Hi Michael, I would never recommend getting rid of a diagnostic tool. All of them have holes that others can fill. The IM608 is fairly expensive for the coverage. It is a good tool. I have one customer who bought one and he is happy with it. For Immobilizer and EEPROM I would recommend the Auto Pro Pad be your first tool to buy. In addition to the IMMO functions, it has coverage for correcting…

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James Diagnostician
Bishop, Georgia
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Michael , what version of the Auto pro would you recommend ? ie: the most bang for the buck

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Hi James, If you are going to be doing EEPROM like early 2000s Toyota, then you would want the full pro version. If you just want OBDII immobilizer functions then go with the lite version.

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Lew Owner/Technician
Monroe Township, New Jersey
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Michael where is the best place to purchase Auto Propad

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Michael Diagnostician
Vineland, New Jersey
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Keep the Snap on Don't get me wrong I love my Autel's But if I could only one it would be Snap On​.​Ask me in a while that may change.

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