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When you want to know what's wrong with your vehicles, or try to do repairs by yourself, a car diagnostic tool is required. Autel, as one of the leaders in the automotive diagnostic industry, has been praised by global customers, and its diagnostic tools are widely used in workshops around the world. In fact, it's no joke trying to find the right one from dozes of product pages, especially for novice mechanics. So, the article will introduce Autel diagnostic products step by step based on price and functional levels to help you choose the right tool for you.
Autel's current product lineup is organized by the diagnostic level and includes MaxiSys, MaxiCOM, MaxiPro, MaxiDAS, Maxicheck, MaxiDiag, AutoLink, and MaxiScan. Within each series, a higher product number corresponds to a higher diagnostic level.
Autel MaxiScan MS300/ MaxiScan MS309
The Autel MaxiScan series is currently Autel's entry-level OBD2 code reader and includes models MS300 and MS309. These models are capable of performing some basic, but essential functions such as turning off the check engine light, reading and erasing fault codes, checking emission monitor status, and more. Please refer to the following product comparison table for more detailed information.
MS300 -- $17.99
MS309 -- $18.99
|Item Weight||226 grams||249 grams|
|Read & Clear Codes||√||√|
|Freeze Frame Data||/||√|
|O2 sensor Test||√||√|
|Evap System Test||√||√|
|Retrieve Generic Codes, Manufacturer Specific Code, Pending Codes||√||√|
|Turn Off Check Engine Light||√||√|
|Support CAN (Controller Area Network)||√||√|
|Vehicle Compatibility||All 1996 and newer cars, SUV and 12V Diesel that are OBD2 compliant except motor home||All 1996 and newer cars & light trucks that are OBD2 compliant|
These two code readers price is below $30, Autel MS300 and MS309 all are plug-and-play code readers that are particularly friendly towards pre-2015 vehicles. They are perfect for car DIYers and beginners to perform essential diagnostic functions such as:
- Reading and clearing Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) to deal with emission-related issues,
- Checking the Emission Monitor Status to ensure readiness for Smog Tests,
- Resetting a sudden Check Engine Light.
These compact and affordable scanners help streamline the process of vehicle maintenance and diagnosis.
Autel AutoLink AL519/ AutoLink AL619
In the Autel product lineup, a higher product number corresponds to a higher diagnostic level and broader vehicle coverage. Compared to Autel's entry-level MS300/MS309 code readers, the AutoLink series, specifically the AL519 and AL619, offer enhanced diagnostic capabilities such as One-Click Smog Check, reading and clearing all 10 Modes of OBDII Tests, and turning off Check Engine Light (MILs), making them suitable for a wider range of vehicles. Moreover, the AL619 has been upgraded from the AL519 and now includes ABS/SRS diagnostic functions to meet market demands. For more detailed information, please refer to the following product comparison table.
|Read & erase DTCs||√||√||√|
|Retrieve the VIN||√||√||√|
|I/M readiness status||√||√||√|
|On-screen DTC definitions||√||√||√|
|Code lookup function on tool & printing capabilities||√||√||√|
|Bi-directional testing + Advanced Mode 6||√||√||√|
|I/M readiness key||√||√||√|
|Check engine light||√||√||√|
|Oil light reset||√||√||√|
Typically, only the code readers available in auto parts stores are equipped with full OBD2 diagnostics, allowing them to access complete OBD2-related data and handle more complex issues. However, if you prefer to avoid paying for professional services, the AL519/AL619 code readers are suitable for resolving most emissions and engine-related problems. As the AL619 includes ABS/SRS diagnostic functions, it is highly recommended for those who may encounter common ABS/SRS warning lights or issues. Ultimately, choosing between these options depends on your budget and specific needs.
Autel Maxicheck Pro/ MaxiDiag MD806 (MD808)/MaxiDiag MD806 Pro(MD808 Pro)
Following handheld OBD2 scanners offer extended capabilities beyond those mentioned code reader before, such as Oil Reset and ABS Auto Bleed, some of which include up to 7 different reset services. These features are particularly useful for individuals who service their vehicles a few times a year and may save on diagnostic and reset services at a repair shop by investing in an Autel handheld scan tool. For more detailed information, please refer to the following product comparison table.
Same as MD806 Pro
|Anti-lock Braking System||√||√||√||√|
|Supplemental Restraint System||√||√||√||√|
|Electrical Park Brake System||/||√||√||/|
|Tire Pressure Monitoring System||/||√||√||/|
|Air Conditioning System||/||√||√||/|
|Battery Management System||/||√||√||/|
|Chassis System Division||/||√||√||/|
|Brake Assist System||/||√||√||/|
|Oil Service Reset||√||√||√||√|
Some important differences can be seen from the table:
Autel MD806 can diagnose 4 systems, namely Engine System, Transmission System, Anti-lock Braking System(ABS) and Supplemental Restraint System(SRS).
Autel Maxicheck Pro can only diagnose 2 systems, namely ABS and SRS system.
Maxicheck Pro does not support Throttle Adaptation and Adjust A/F.
MD808 Pro is the offline sales version of MD806 Pro, which is completely the same in function but different price due to the cost.
Regarding the reset services, not all reset services are available for your vehicle. So, a pre-sales consultation is highly recommended to make sure everything you want will work on vehicles, please provide vehicle VIN for us for matching.
Autel MaxiCheck MX808S/ MaxiCOM MK808BT Pro/ MaxiCheck MX808S-TS
This series is positioned as Home Diagnostic Scanner, perfect for those who need daily maintenance, code reading, code clearing, reset services, (TPMS diagnosis), etc. Starting from this series, the diagnostic work is performed based on Android-based tablets. Compared with the handheld code reader, there are big breakthroughs in the functions and services---from few systems diagnostic to all systems diagnostic, from few reset services to dozens of services.
The tablet series not only covers more car models but also comes with many useful applications, such as Data Log allowing users to upload diagnostic reports to Autel technicians for answers, Remote Desk providing remote control assistance, Cloud Service, etc., which can greatly improve work efficiency.
What's more, since June 2022, expensive active tests and special features have been added to these tablets, making them the most cost-effective OBD2 scanners on the market.
The Specific product comparison table is as follows.
MX808S -- $369.00
MX900 -- $505.00
MX808S-TS -- $599.00
|CPU||Rockchip RK3188||Rockchip RK3566||Rockchip RK3566||Rockchip RK3566||Rockchip RK3566|
|Android Version||Android 4.4.4||Android 11.0||Android 11.0||Android 11.0||Android 11.0|
|Screen Size||7 inch||7 inch||7 inch||8 inch||7 inch|
|VCI||Main cable||Main cable||VCI Mini||Main cable||VCI Mini|
|Basic Features(Read/Erase Code & View Live Data)||√||√||√||√||√|
|Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)||√||√||√||√||√|
|Advanced TPMS Diagnostics for Complete TPMS Health Check||/||/||/||/||√|
|Activate 98% of all Known TPMS Sensors||/||/||/||/||√|
|Program Autel MX Sensors||/||/||/||/||√|
|Extensive OBD Relearn Coverage||/||/||/||/||√|
|On-screen Relearn Procedure||/||/||/||/||√|
|DoIP & CAN FD Protocol||/||/||/||√||/|
|Pre & Post Scan||/||/||/||√||/|
|Autel Cloud Service||√||√||√||√||√|
The relationship between these models is clear at a glance, as their names suggest: MX808S + Bluetooth VCI=MK808BT Pro; MK808BT Pro + Complete TPMS Function=MX808S-TS.
If only to deal with routine maintenance without TPMS issues, you only need to choose one from the wired version MX808S and wired + wireless version MK808BT Pro. Of course, if the budget is not enough, MX808S will not disappoint you. If TPMS diagnosis is required, choose MX808S-TS, you will enjoy both Bluetooth capability and TPMS function, coming with Free 2 TPMS sensors(Limited Time Offer).
Autel MaxiPro MP808BT Pro Kit/ MaxiPro MP808S Kit/ MaxiDAS DS808S-TS/ MaxiDAS DS808S-BT
The MP808 series and DS808 series are designed for car DIY enthusiasts or small repair shop mechanics, configured with advanced functions such as code reading and clearing, reset services, Bidirectional Control (Active Test), Guided Function & Refresh Hidden Features and ECU Coding for specific cars, etc. MP808 series and DS808 products has the exact same diagnostic capability as MS906 but cost less, which is a more cost-effective choice. The Specific product comparison table is as follows.
|CPU||Rockchip RK3566||Rockchip RK3566||Rockchip RK3566||Rockchip RK3566|
|Android Version||Android 11.0||Android 11.0||Android 11.0||Android 11.0|
|Screen Size||7 inch||7 inch||7 inch||7 inch|
|VCI||VCI Mini||Main Cable||VCI Mini||VCI Mini|
|ECU Coding(For BMW,Porsche,VW)||√||√||√||√|
|Refresh Hidden Functions(For BMW,VW,Audi,Skoda)||√||√||√||√|
|VAG Guided Functions(For VW,Audi,Skoda,Sear,Man LD)||√||√||√||√|
|Basic Features(Read/Erase Code & View Live Data)||√||√||√||√|
|Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)||√||√||√||√|
|Advanced TPMS Diagnostics for Complete TPMS Health Check||/||/||√||/|
|Activate 98% of all Known TPMS Sensors||/||/||√||/|
|Program Autel MX Sensors||/||/||√||/|
|Extensive OBD Relearn Coverage||/||/||√||/|
|On-screen Relearn Procedure||/||/||√||/|
|Autel Cloud Service||√||√||√||√|
The same logic can be seen in the series: MP808S Kit + Bluetooth VCI=MP808BT Pro Kit; MP808BT Pro + Complete TPMS Function=DS808S-TS.
MP808S Kit is equivalent to MP808S with a box of non-OBD2 standard adapters, making it work on OBD1 vehicles. MP808S Kit connects the tablet and vehicle via cable while MP808BT Pro/ DS808S-TS connects via Bluetooth VCI. If you need TPMS, DS808S-TS comes with the same TPMS capabilities as the handheld TPMS tool TS508, which is worth a try.
Autel MaxiSys MS906 PRO/ MaxiCOM MK906 Pro/ MaxiCOM MK906 Pro-TS/ MaxiCOM MK908 II
If you want to do high-end repairs or customize your car, 906 series can provide an optimal solution at a reasonable price. The series comes out with more powerful hardware configuration, except for the old MS906, these scanner are equipped with Bluetooth VCI and double battery life(or more). Compared with MP808 series, the biggest breakthrough of MS906 series is that it can do advanced Online ECU Coding for some specific models, such as BMW, Porsche, VW, etc. Best choice for DIY enthusiasts and small-to-medium auto repair shops who need pro ECU Coding, more advanced features, and wider vehicle coverage. The Specific product comparison table is as follows.
|Price||$1059 USD||$1199 USD||$1279 USD||$1288 USD||$1439 USD|
|CPU||Qualcomm 660||Qualcomm 660||Qualcomm 660||Qualcomm 660||Exynos 8895|
|Battery Capacity||11,600 mAh||11,600 mAh||11,600 mAh||15,000 mAh||11,600 mAh|
|Android Version||Android 10.0||Android 10.0||Android 10.0||Android 10.0||Android 7.0|
|Screen Size||8 inch||8 inch||8 inch||10.1 inch||8 inch|
|Camera||Rear 16.0 MP
|Rear 16.0 MP
|Rear 16.0 MP
|Rear 16.0 MP||Rear 16.0 MP
|Basic Functions(read/erase codes, live data stream)||√||√||√||√||√|
|Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)||√||√||√||√||√|
|Online ECU Coding(BMW/VW/Porsche)||√||√||√||√||√|
|VAG Guided Function
|McLaren/Tesla diagnostic function||/||/||/||√(Only Support McLaren)||/|
|Combination with MV108S Endoscope||√||√||√||√||√|
|Combination with BT506 Battery Tester||√||√||√||√||√|
|Combination with MP408 Oscilloscope||√||/||/||√||√|
|Supported Languages||Only English||Multiple Languages||Multiple Languages||Multiple Languages||Only English|
|Software Update||$495 USD||$489 USD||$495 USD||$695 USD||$589 USD|
From this table, we can see that MS906 Pro is the most cost-effective scanner, which also supports DoIP/CAN FD Protocols, but it only supports English.
If your want to change language to other languages, such as Spanish, you may need to buy MK906 Pro, it supports Multi-language.
If you need both professional Diagnostic Functions and TPMS functions, then MK906 Pro-TS is really a good choice for you.
If you need Diagnostic functions which support McLaren, then MK908 II will meet your choice.
Autel MaxiCOM MK908 II/Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro II/Autel MaxiSys Elite II
908 series features the high-end functions such as ECU Coding, Adaptation, Refresh Hidden Functions, (ECU Programming for Benz/BWM), etc, perfect for medium-sized repair shops and experienced car DIYer enthusiasts who have high requirements for car modification and maintenance. The Specific product comparison table is as follows.
MK908 II -- $1288.00
MS908S Pro II -- $1649.00
Elite II Pro--$2039.00
|CPU||Qualcomm 660||Qualcomm 660||Exynos 5260||Qualcomm 660|
|Battery Capacity||15000 mAh||11000 mAh||15000 mAh||11000 mAh|
|Android Version||Android 10.0||Android 10.0||Android 4.4.2||Android 10.0|
|Screen Size||10.1 inch||9.7 inch||10.1 inch||9.7 inch|
|Camera||Rear 16.0 Megapixel||Rear 16.0 Megapixel||Rear 8.0 Megapixel||Rear 16.0 Megapixel|
|VCI||Bluetooth Box||MaxiFlash Elite||MaxiFlash Elite||MaxiFlash VCI|
|Basic Diagnostic Function||√||√||√||√|
|Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)||√||√||√||√|
|Online ECU Programming||/||√(Benz, BMW)||√(Benz, BMW)||√(Benz, BMW)|
|Online ECU Coding||√(BMW, Porsche, VW)||√(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW)||√(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW)||√(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW)|
|VW, Audi, Skoda Brush Hidden||√||√||√||√|
|VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bently, Man LD Guide function||√||√||√||√|
|McLaren, Tesla diagnostics||Support McLaren||√||/||√|
|Oscilloscope function (requires MP408)||√||√||√||√|
|Endoscope function (requires MV105/MV108)||√||√||√||√|
|Autel Cloud Service||√||√||√||√|
Each scanner has its own characteristics, choose according your needs:
MS908S Pro II or Elite II Pro is a optimal solution for those who need ECU Programming. If the budget allows, it is recommended to choose Elite II Pro, equipped with the newest Intelligent Diagnosis (since June 2022), superior hardware and multiple languages, and it also comes with two years free software update.
If you're not sure if ECU Programming is required, MK908 II provides another flexible choice---when encountering programming problems, purchase J2534 Programming device additionally to bind MK908 II, and you will get ECU programming function.
Autel MaxiSys Ultra/Autel MaxiCOM Ultra Lite
The series, as Autel's flagship products, is configured with top-of-the-line hardware and software, suitable for medium and large auto repair shops, helping mechanics quickly perform diagnostics, create topology maps, etc. Currently, only Ultra and Ultra Lite are sold in Europe due to IP restrictions. The Specific product comparison table is as follows.
Ultra Lite S-- $2859.00
Ultra -- $3999.00
|CPU||Exynos 8895||Exynos 8895|
|Battery Capacity||18000 mAh||18000 mAh|
|Android Version||Android 7.0||Android 7.0|
|Screen Size||12.9 inch||12.9 inch|
|Camera||Rear 16.0 Megapixel
Front 5.0 Megapixel
|Rear 16.0 Megapixel
Front 5.0 Megapixel
|VCI||MaxiFlash VCI||MaxiFlash VCMI|
|Basic Diagnostic Function||√||√|
|Bi-Directional Control(Active Test)||√||√|
|Online ECU Programming||√(Benz, BMW)||√(Benz, BMW)|
|Online ECU Coding||√(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW)||√(Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, VW)|
|VW, Audi, Skoda Brush Hidden||√||√|
|VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bently, Man LD Guide function||√||√|
|McLaren, Tesla diagnostics||√||√|
|Oscilloscope function (requires MP408)||/||√|
|Endoscope function (requires MV105/MV108)||√||√|
|Flagship Product Features|
|Intelligent diagnostics (TSB technical bulletins, DTC guidance, fault prioritization, maintenance videos, etc.)||√||√|
|Diagnostic System Topology||√||√|
|Diagnostic standard D-PDU/RP1210||√||√|
|Bus protocol DoIP/CAN FD||√||√|
|Language||Multi Language||Only English|
|Autel Cloud Service||√||√|
Ultra Lite has the same top-level hardware as Ultra, 4G RAM, 256G ROM, 12.9-inch touchscreen, front and rear dual cameras, etc. The main difference is that Ultra Lite is equipped with MaxiFlash VCI for Bluetooth communication while Ultra is equipped with VCMI for five integrated functions, including VCI, Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Multimeter, and OBD2 CAN BUS Tester. It is worth noting that if you need an Oscilloscope, Ultra is the only alternative that can carry an oscilloscope, because the Oscilloscope device MP408, compatible with other scanners, has been out of production.
Ultra Lite and Ultra are configured with same flagship features in software. Regarding Autel cloud service, there is no difference between Ultra Lite and Ultra sold in Europe.
Obviously, Ultra Lite is more cost-effective than Ultra. But, With the gradual release of IP restrictions, Ultra will extends more functions. If the price of the Ultra is within your budget, the top-of-the-line scanner Ultra is highly recommended.
The introduction and comparison of Autel scanner are roughly seen on the above, from MS300 to Ultra. Please see product page for more details, just a click.
Before you order, we still need to inform you some precautions:
- More advanced scanner or newer releases means wider vehicle coverage;
- All functions vary by specific car model. A pre-sales consultation is highly recommended to make sure everything you want will work on vehicles, please provide vehicle VIN for us for matching. please 👉contact us.