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05-05-2011, 12:30   #1
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car diagnostic tool purchase advice

looking to buy a car diagnostic tool,im planning to start a small car repair work shop, and i'm looking for a suitable diagnostic tool. willing to spend 600euro or around. any one with help? im shining towards the launch x431 tool. it seems to cover the lot or nearly, as most car diagnostic tools don't.
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05-05-2011, 12:42   #2
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You won't do better than the Launch. It's a serious bit of kit, and upgradeable when you've more funds to the Master version.
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05-05-2011, 16:13   #3
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ya ,they seem to be the job. theres some available on done deal but i'd bull if i bought a counter fit. would spend a few more quid if i found a dealer with back up services, warranty ,demo,etc....
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Master tech systems (Think that's the name) in the UK seem to be the best in the business at upgrades/sales.
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A few lads in work have the snap-on solas, seems to be pretty good, im not sure on price but I'd say its dearer than the launch.
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I've used the Snapon too, but the Launch IMHO is the better unit.
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Personally, I've found Autoboss V30 the best, but it is expensive

http://cars.donedeal.ie/for-sale/carextras/2007745
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06-05-2011, 13:38   #8
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seems to be very hard to buy a diagnostic tool in ireland, any ideas?
wary of the launch x431 on done deal. couldnt find that master tech crowed in the uk
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Launch x431 won't read transits. It also won't work properly unless it's warm. I find it to be quite cumbersome but the snap on solus is a nice unit.

Bosch kts is good for live data, but too much sh1te on it that you never need. KTS 650 won't communicate with Mitsubishi though.

As a start off point you should look into the small sealey handheld diagnostic tools. I bought the VAG specific vs862 recently and I'm inpressed. It reads everything on vw/audi/skoda/seat, and also reads engine codes on all EOBD systems with a code and description so you don't need to look it up in a book. It doesn't have a live data function but some of the more expensive ones do I think. I got mine for 93 quid off Ebay. At that price it starts me off and will pay for itself in no time.
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anything other than an autoboss and you're wasting your time, spend the extra on it or you'll only end up spending more in the end on updates and different diag tools to cover more vehicles

autoboss covers most
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These folks are a dealer for launch here http://www.woodford-diagnostics.com/
600eu wont go too far unfortunately in the diagnostic end of things.
The only thing within your price range thats worth having IMHO is VCDS (vag-com), genuine, would set you back about 300, and its also pretty good on EOBD vehicles and can create data logs.
If your serious about business, I think you'd be best advised to buy from a reputable outfit here or uk and at least have a warranty and updates available.
For an all round tool I think the launch is probably the best, it has good coverage of european and jap, which I find puts it above the snappy or bosch, its also is cheaper. Its not wonderful on ford, lacking in activations, but I've had it on a denso tdci transit today with an egr/maf fault and earlier this week coded 2 new delphi injectors on another so it can still deal with most problems.
No single machine will cater for all your needs and you will have to identify what makes you are seeing most of as you go along and see if its going to add up buying other tools to cater for specific areas.
What scanners have you used/ have access to up until now?
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ive been out of the loop for the last 5 years, last unit i used was a toyota diagnostic tool in a main dealers. wouldn't mind doing a day course or something to get the basics even though it may take longer to catch back up.
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These folks are a dealer for launch here http://www.woodford-diagnostics.com/
600eu wont go too far unfortunately in the diagnostic end of things.
The only thing within your price range thats worth having IMHO is VCDS (vag-com), genuine, would set you back about 300, and its also pretty good on EOBD vehicles and can create data logs.
If your serious about business, I think you'd be best advised to buy from a reputable outfit here or uk and at least have a warranty and updates available.
For an all round tool I think the launch is probably the best, it has good coverage of european and jap, which I find puts it above the snappy or bosch, its also is cheaper. Its not wonderful on ford, lacking in activations, but I've had it on a denso tdci transit today with an egr/maf fault and earlier this week coded 2 new delphi injectors on another so it can still deal with most problems.
No single machine will cater for all your needs and you will have to identify what makes you are seeing most of as you go along and see if its going to add up buying other tools to cater for specific areas.
What scanners have you used/ have access to up until now?
Crosshair, have you ever had any problems connecting to transits with the X431. Whenever I try to connect with my boss' one it won't connect. Is there a certain update needed? It connects fine to mondeos but never trannys.
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I usually pick the mondeo when connecting to a transit, only because it saves me scrolling down more.
The injector coding is only available under mondeo also.
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17-05-2011, 19:49   #15
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You probably dont want to go this route but:
I bought the Op-com disk for my laptop for about e15. It came with the pin plug too and is amazing. It gives me a complete reading of absolutley everything. My machanic uses launch most of the time but after seeing how I use the laptop hes getting opcom too. Only works with Opels and Vauxhalls but still, there are a lot of Opels and Vaulhalls so for 15 squid it's well worth it.
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