Tagged: Autel Maxidas DS808
December 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm #13220
The tool you need for programming and all other functions for BMW and MB would be the Autologic. The best tool would be to get the OE tool but in your locality that may not be possible.January 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm #13221
I use autoenginuity for Domestic and Asian only. It handles many tasks better than my Solus Ultra. I haven’t bought into Autoenginuity for European yet because they don’t handle Volvo. We do 0 reprogramming so I can’t help you with that either. Sorry.January 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm #13222
I have used autoenginuity. A little better than a generic tool. Nowhere near the OEM tool.
Way off topic:
That being said I have to say I think Steve was wrongly thrown under the bus for what he said. The points he made are very valid. He is a specialist, as am I. He is correct that for the European cars generic tools do not work. The OEM tool is the ONLY tool that will give you truly complete information. If you want to be able to completely repair a car you will need the OEM tool.
I would assume that Steve’s comments stem from being in the same situation that I have been many times before where a customer brings us his car after going to a general repair shop that was not able to fix the car correctly because they lacked the proper tools to repair the car. We then are in a position where we have to talk the customer off the ledge because they now do not trust any mechanic based on past experience.
Now I am not saying every shop should be a specialist like I am, just this: Know what you are and be honest with the customer. Do not be afraid to tell them that you lack the proper tools to work at the level their car requires. Doing this will only help our industry as a whole and keep customers from automatically assuming we are trying to take advantage of them.
Thank you for your time.January 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm #13223
The problem is that the general shop has very little chance of being honest with the customer when they can not even be honest with themselves. It doesn’t matter what car one works on, capability means being able to execute all the testing, adaptations, and programming designed into the on board diagnostics of the systems involved. That is not posible without the OE tool. The majority of shops don’t even know what I’m talking about. Without the capability they wind up never seeing the cars with the problems and that portion of the market. That portion of the market; late model whatever, is the lucrative part.
One gets into that portion of the market through capability or massive marketing. Doing it through capability is the less expensive way, especially after gaining a reputation. At that point marketing costs are minimal.December 4, 2013 at 10:32 am #13622
Am really enjoying and appreciating the kind of support going on here. am really in-need of a Diagnostic tool that can do programing on Renault vehicles especially Engine ECU and Immobilizer ECU’sDecember 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm #13625
look into this one, we got ours from MATCO – I don’t know if Renault is covered, but we really like this unit
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Independent Business Coach, Elite. http://www.eliteworldwidestore.com/September 25, 2014 at 2:22 am #14057
If buying stolen property suits your business needs clone can do some but not all of the work. For MB you can not program with a clone as the programming has to be SCN coded to work properly. That requires an online hook-up to MB.
We use Vag Com considerably but it is not even close to the capabilities of our OE VAS 5052A. Programming some coding and guided diagnostics are required to get the job done in so many issues.
BMW can be done considerably with a clone but the current clone ISIS/ICOM run near $10k. A subscription 3GIO hook up through a BMW ICOM A2 is slower but less money and fully capable. Autologic is the efficient way to go with BMW/Mini but without testplan guidance one is left to pander the forums for guidance. BMW, MB, VW/Audi/Bentley, and Volvo all require OE tools to access diagnostic info that appears NO WHERE else. IDS for Jag and Land Rover also includes a huge amount of Diagnostic info available no where else.January 12, 2018 at 9:29 pm #32874
The Autel MaxiDAS DS808 Kit tablet was light and compact and was very comfortable in hand. For such a compact package, the Power Sources is optional incl.: Internal Battery Pack, vehicle power, external power supply by connecting the packed power adapter. For the battery life it has a large capacity 3.7 V/3200 mAh lithium-polymer battery. Besides its new processor (Cortex-A9 processor (1.5 GHz), 7.0” LCD Capacitive Touchscreen and the Ambient Light Sensor which can detect ambient brightness when it is inside the workshop, thanks to the screen finish and a good quality display
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