Autel vs Stand Alone J-Box

Cory Technician Wisconsin Posted   Latest  

Hey guys first post here. I'm looking at getting a setup for programming. is it worth having a stand alone j box, I was looking into a drew product. or is it a better idea to look into a autel unit with a j box? my programming needs are mostly domestics. Thanks ahead of time for your input!

Dustin Owner/Technician

I would recommend a drew tech cardaq m mega, you need a lsid on newer Ford's and gm is pretty straight forward, it's oe approved for techstream as well as BMW and VW. The mega aspect makes it factory approved to do 2018 and up chrysler as well

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Albin Diagnostician

A J-box will not fill all your programming needs, although it does cover it quite well, especially on domestic vehicles. I can't give you a report on the Autell product, although I do have two of their scan tools. I do own and use a Drew-tech J-box, which is a very quality product. By far, the Drew-Tech tech support is second to none. It is not if you are going to have problems and need help, it

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Geoff Diagnostician

An argument can be made for either. If you are new to programming, and want HELP when something doesn't work, get something from DrewTech. They have top-notch customer support. If you want a new scan tool anyway, and are confident in your abilities to conquer all Windows issues big and small, get the Autel.

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Andre Engineer

I have been using Drewtech Cardaig-2 and can recommend it. Support is topshelf considering I am in Sydney, Australia.

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Mike Instructor

Hey Cory, I went with the Autel Elite in a similar situation. I wanted a J-box and also needed a scan tool. Something can be said about getting both for a decent price. The support isn't as forthcoming with the Autel vs the others but you have the internet and forums like this at your disposal. I think the Elite offers the best bang for your buck but if you plan on hitting programming hard…

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Michael Mobile Technician

Hi Cory, In the early days most manufactures would list the J-2534 tools that had been validated with their reprogramming software. If you use an approved box then the OEM would help you troubleshoot the problem. If you used an unimproved box, you were on your own. At that time the Drewtech products seemed to be listed on every OEM site. This practice seems to have gone by the wayside. J2534 is

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Bob Diagnostician

It's like that quote that I have seen posted from time to time. Programing is easy, until it isn't, Or something like that. Most of the time it's pretty quick and easy but that one stubborn job can ruin your day.

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