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Top 10 Best Diagnostic Scanners Mercedes-Benz

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If you like to do your own auto repair you may be asking yourself: What is the best and cheapest car diagnostic tool that works? We had the experts at Mercedes Medic list the top ten scanners based on price and functionality. Some of these scanners work only with Mercedes-Benz cars but the majority of scanners in this list work with European, Asian and Domestic cars.

10 Autel MaxiScan OBD-II Code Reader Scan Tool

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Price Range: $15-$30
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: All cars since 1996
Details: Very easy to use
Views freeze frame data
Display I/M readiness status
Turns off Check Engine Light (MIL)
Clears codes and resets monitors

If you own a car, be that Mercedes-Benz or a Honda you should at a minimum have an OBD-II scanner to rear and erase the check engine light. The MaxiScan is very easy to use. Simply plug it into the OBD-II port under you dash. Not only does it show the Trouble Code but it will display a description of the problem as well, in different languages too. You can get this scanner for about $20 on Amazon. It works with almost any car made after 1996. If money is not an issue you may want to skip this one and look at some of the more advanced scanners listed below as they will allow you to read ABS, SRS, transmission codes as well which this one doesn’t.

9BAFX Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool for Android Devices

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Price Range: $18-$24
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: ALL vehicles 1996 & Newer
Details: Read diagnostic trouble codes
REAL-TIME sensor information  EOT, RPM, Speed, DPF Temp, Balance Rates, O2 Readings
Emission pre-test readiness status
Bluetooth enabled Android devices & Windows PC’s
Will not work with iPhone

This is OBD II Bluetooth scanner you use with your Android device.  It will read generic and also manufacturer specific trouble codes. Requires that you install an app on your phone. We recommend Torque Pro app. Not only does it read the code but you can turn off the MIL, check engine light and get emission ready status. When used with Torque Android app this scanner is a great tool. You can stream live data from your car’s ECU. The only downside is that it will not read ABS, SRS, Stability Control, Airbags or Transmission codes. Please, not that there are a lot of Bluetooth OBD adapters on the market, but the BAFX works the best while other models have issues with J1850 & CAN protocols.

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INNOVA 3150 Diagnostic Code Reader with ABS/SRS for OBD2 Vehicles

INNOVA 3150 Diagnostic Code Reader with ABS SRS for OBD2 Vehicles
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Price Range: $72-$210
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
Works with: ALL vehicles 1996 & Newer
Details: Read and erase engine trouble codes
Live Data graphing
Show multiple PID
Stores code for latter review
OBD 1 coverage for older cars

Innova makes some very reputable scanners. You can read and erase the check engine light not only on Mercedes-Benz cars but also any other make. It also is compatible with vehicles made before 1996.  The top of the line scanner, Innova 31703 has a lot of features but unfortunately they don’t work with Mercedes-Benz cars but only on GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda. With those models, you will be able to access the ABS, SRS Airbag, and Transmission modules.

7

BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool for iPhone, iPad & Android

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Price Range: $85-$99
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: ALL vehicles 1996 & Newer
Details: Read and erase engine trouble codes
Works on Android and iPhone
View Vehicle Specific Repair Data
Lookup Code Definitions
Read, Eras; Pending codes for all makes
Rear ABS, AirBag, and Transmission for GM Ford Chrysler Toyota
Recommends Possible Causes and Fixes
Code Descriptions and Definitions
Emission Smog Check ready status

The BlueDriver Bluetooth OBD II scanner works both with Android and iPhone. It is a great tool as not only will it read and erase the check engine codes for all makes but also it will give possible causes and fixes for you. It only reads the engine trouble codes for Mercedes-Benz and most other makes. For GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota it will also read and erase ABS, Airbag, Transmission codes. This is in our opinion the best OBD II Bluetooth scanner. The only downside is that it is more expensive than other Bluetooth adapters.

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iCarsoft – Multi-system Scanner i980 for Mercedes-Benz/Sprinter +OBDII

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Price Range: $130-$185
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: Mercedes-Benz Only
Details: Read Engine Trouble Codes
Clear Trouble Codes
Live Data Stream
I/M Emission Readiness
Multiple System Testing

The iCarsoft 980 will only work but has more capabilities than the basic OBD II scanners listed previously. Not only can it read and reset the check engine light but it can pull the codes from the SRS / Airbag module. It can test multiple systems such as the evap, read pending DTC, and stream live data on a colorful display.  A great choice if you only need it for Mercedes-Benz.

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Autel MD802 MaxiDiag Elite Scan Tool

Autel MD802 MaxiDiag Elite Scan Tool
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Price Range: $210-$260
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: ALL vehicles 1996 & Newer
Details: Rear and Clear all codes
Works with European, Asian and Domestic vehicles
Live data graphing
Reads and erase Engine, Transmission, Airbag and ABS Modules

The Autel MaxiDiag Elite MD802 is a powerful diagnostic scanner that comes in handy not only to Mercedes-Benz owners but also to auto mechanics. It has a broad coverage for most makes and models. It will scan and erase codes for the Airbag, Powertrain, Chassis, Body, Engine, Transmission and Information & Communication systems.

4

Carsoft 7.4 MCU K-Line Controlled Multiplexer Interface For Mercedes-Benz

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Price Range: $70-$140
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: Mercedes-Benz Only
Details: READ and ERASE FAULT CODES LIVE DATA
Engine Coding and Adaptations
Injector Testing
Can read and reset ABS, ASR, ESP, ETS
SBC Brake Control Module
Transmission

The Carsoft 7.4 Multiplexer is designed specifically for Mercedes-Benz cars. While it can read and reset all the systems in most Mercedes-Benz models it has limited programming functionality. The fact that you can purchase this scanner for under $100. You will need a laptop to run the software that comes with the scanner.

If you have a Mercedes W208 CLK 1998-2002 and W210 E-Class 1996-2002, you should really consider this scanner. It comes with the 38-pin connector. iCarsoft and most scanners on this list can not diagnose transmission, ABS, airbag, A/C and other systems because they don’t come with 38-pin connector.

3

Launch Tech ABS, SRS, Airbag, Transmission and Engine Code Scanner

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Price Range: $165-$210
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: ALL vehicles 1996 & Newer
Details: Works with German, Asian and Domestic Cars
Read and clear ABS, SRS, Transmission and Engine fault codes
View freeze frame data
I/M Emissions Readiness Status

The LaunchTech is more than a generic scanner as it not only can read the Trouble Codes for the Engine but can also read and erase codes for the ABS, SRS Airbag, and Transmission. Not only works on Mercedes-Benz cars will also work on most cars that you see on the road. This scanner is a cost effective OBD II scanners that have features that you will find on professional diagnostic scanners. Sells for just over $200 on Amazon but at times, you may find the scanner on sale for under $170 which makes it definitively a great buy. If you are on a tight budget but yet you need a scanner that will work for most of the systems then go for the Launch Creader VII+.

2

Autel DS708 Automotive Diagnostic and Analysis System

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Price Range: $999-$1500
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: ALL vehicles 1996 & Newer
Details: Works with German, Asian and Domestic Cars
Read and clear codes from all the systems such as ECU, Transmission, ABS, Traction Contol, Stability Control, SRS, Air Bag and more.
Allows you to program vehicle systems.
Test Immobilizer, Key Coding Functionality, and Activation
Sensor Initializations, ECU Adaptions, Coding & Module Set Up functionality

A must for auto repair shops and a treasure for the car owners if you can afford one that is. It works with Domestic, Asian and European cars. You can check any system on the car from the ECU, ABS, SRS, Transmission and more. It allows you to erase fault codes, stream live data but also to perform programming. It can also troubleshoot immobilizers, has key programming functionality,  and it will allow you to activate and initialize sensors, ECU adaptations, coding, and perform module set up. Almost everything that the dealers can do this unit can do as well. Plus it covers most cars and is not dedicated to one manufacturer.

While the initial price of this scanner may seem high, this is a professional diagnostic tool and one of the least expensive for this category. It is a good alternative to Snap-on Solus which is also a popular diagnostic scanner. This may be the only scan tool that an auto repair shop needs to be able to troubleshoot most cars that comes in for repair.

1iCarsoft MB II for Mercedes-Benz / Sprinter Professional diagnostic tool scanner

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Price Range: $185-$210
Read & Erase
Codes:
 Yes
OBD II
CAN
Works with: Mercedes-Benz Only
Details: READ and ERASE FAULT CODES
-Engine ECU
– Transmission
-SRS Airbag
– SBC Brakes
– Steering Angle Sensor
-ABS Brake System and more

iCarsoft MB II is a powerful scanner that was released in 2015, and you will not find that many reviews on this scanner. It is designed to access all the different modules on your Mercedes-Benz.

It reads and clears trouble codes on systems such as engine, transmission, ABS, SBC Brake System, SRS and more. It will allow you to do Read Data Stream, Full ECU Diagnosis, Oil Light/Service Reset, Support service lamp reset, steering angle sensor calibration.

Conclusion

 Which scanner should you buy? That depends on your needs and budget. For example: If you are on a tight budget and would like to troubleshoot your Mercedes-Benz but also your other cars and be able to read DTC fault codes and  SRS, ABS, Transmission and more then the
Launch Tech Creeder VII+ is the best choice.

If you want to program and have full control and programming capabilities to any Mercedes-Benz car then MD Star C3 or C4 Diagnostic Scanner is what you need. If you can’t afford the Star Diagnostic then your next best option is the iCarsoft MB II.

If you own a repair shop, are not concerned about money and would like to have a professional scanner that will access all systems of the car just like the dealer does then WINNER is Autel DS708. It is better than buying a dedicated scanner for each make. Not only does Autel DS708 work with most cars manufacturers but it is easier to use than the dealer scanners which require training. If the price is not a factor, then no other scanner in this list can do in-depth diagnostics like Autel DS708. Autel DS708 can do in-depth troubleshooting in Asian, Domestic and European cars. You won’t regret the Autel DS708 Scanner if you can afford one that is.

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