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Top 10 Best Diagnostic Scanners Mercedes-Benz

If you like to do your auto repair, you may ask 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.

1. YOUCANIC Full System Scanner

YOUCANIC SCANNER

Mercedes-Benz cars are complex, and without a good diagnostic scanner, you are just wasting time and money. A good scanner should be able to read and clear fault codes from all control units, modules, and systems on a Mercedes-Benz. YOUCANIC full system scanner can read and clear any fault codes from any system.

In addition, to read and clear fault codes from all systems, you can also use the scanner to view live sensor data from anything you like. Get live data from transmission sensors, ABS wheel speed sensors, hybrid batteries, and really anything.

The following video shows what the YOUCANIC full system scanner can do on a Mercedes-Benz. It is a great video to watch, but if you just want to see the diagnostic process jump to the 15th minute.

YOUCANIC full system scanner also offers bidirectional support. What does that mean? Well, if your car has an air suspension, you can raise the car with the scanner even if the engine does not start. The shifter on the steering column is defective? Well, you can use the scanner to at least shift the transmission to Neutral or Drive. You get the idea. Bidirectional support is usually a function that only comes with expensive scanners such as Star Xentry Diagnostics.

The best thing about YOUCANIC’s full system scanner is that it is not limited to Mercedes-Benz cars only. It has these advanced functionalities for all makes, including Audi, BMW, Honda, Acura, GM, and Hyundai, well, almost all makes and models. The software is already included, and you don’t need to pay anything extra.

The Star Diagnostic Scanner (Xentry) is what Mercedes-Benz dealers use and the gold standard for Mercedes-Benz cars, the YOUCANIC full system scanner is undoubtedly one of the best diagnostic scanners for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. YOUCANIC full system scanner is better than iCarsoft MB II and most Launch scanners. YOUCANIC full system scanner can diagnose any control unit. View live sensor data from any sensors, not just engine sensors. Offers bidirectional support. Plus, it works on all other makes and is not limited to Mercedes-Benz cars only. Best of all, unlike other professional-level scanners such as SnapOn or ThinkDiag, it does not require a yearly subscription. Oh, and YOUCANIC has published many how-to videos teaching you how to be a mechanic.

Lastly, the YOUCANIC scanner works on all 2000 and newer Mercedes-Benz vehicles. If you have an older vehicle, such as W210 or W208, that needs the 38-pin connector, then this scanner is not for you.

2. TopDon ArtiDiag100




Today, we tested the TopDon ArtiDiag100 on one of the most sophisticated and complex vehicles on the road, Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

We could access every single module on the vehicle and read and clear codes where codes existed. Keep in mind that you will only be able to clear codes that are on STORED statutes. If a code shows the CURRENT status, you need to address the problem, fix the issue, and then come back to erase the code. When you reconnect the scanner, the code will show as STORED; you can clear the code at this point.

The ArtiDiag 100 will allow you to read and clear codes from any module, including Airbag, SRS, Transmission, Air Suspension, SAM, Central Gateway, Engine, etc.

Another advantage of ArtiDiag 100 over scanners such as iCarsoft MB II and Star Diagnostic is that it works on all vehicles, including Ford, Honda, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Subaru, etc.

Vehicle  Coverage: Acura, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, GM, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Lincoln, Holden, Audi, Dacia, Jaguar, Lancia, Landrover, Opel, Porsche, Romeo, Saab, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Transporter&v-class, Vauxhall, Volvo, Mini, Benz, Maybach, BMW, Rolls Royce, Citroen, Fiat, Abarth, Lancia, Romeo, Peugeot, Renault, Dacia, VW, Bingley, Bugatti, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki, Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, Lexus, Daewoo, Hyundai, KIA

2. Autel MaxiCOM Automotive Diagnostic and Analysis System




Price Range: $450-$950
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 car owners if you can afford one. 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, and 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 setup. 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, 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.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfO6sWOmD-k&ab_channel=MercedesMedic
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 the engine, transmission, ABS, SBC Brake System, SRS, and more. It will allow you to Read Data Stream, Full ECU Diagnosis, Oil Light/Service Reset, Support service lamp reset, and steering angle sensor calibration.

4. Autel MaxiScan OBD-II Code Reader Scan Tool

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 your dash. Not only does it show the Trouble Code but it will also display a description of the problem in different languages. 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, and transmission codes as well, which this one doesn’t.

5. BAFX Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool for Android Devices

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 an 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 the Torque Pro app. Not only does it read the code, but you can turn off the MIL, check the engine light and get emission-ready status. This scanner is a great tool when used with the Torque Android app. 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, note 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.

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

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 later review
OBD 1 coverage for older cars

Innova makes some very reputable scanners. You can read and erase the check engine light on Mercedes-Benz cars and any other make. It also is compatible with vehicles made before 1996.

The top-of-the-line scanner, Innova 31703, has many features, but unfortunately, they don’t work with Mercedes-Benz cars but only on GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda. With those models, you can access the ABS, SRS Airbag, and Transmission modules.

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

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, and 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.

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

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.

9. Autel MD802 MaxiDiag Elite Scan Tool

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 erases Engine, Transmission, Airbag, and ABS Modules

 

The Autel MaxiDiag Elite MD802 is a powerful diagnostic scanner that comes in handy for Mercedes-Benz owners and 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.

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

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 a 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 a 38-pin connector.

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

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. It not only works on Mercedes-Benz cars but also on most cars you see on the road. This is a cost-effective OBD II scanner with features you will find on professional diagnostic scanners. It 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 yet need a scanner that will work for most of the systems, then go for the Launch Creader VII+.

What is the best OBD2 scanner for Mercedes-Benz?

The YOUCANIC full system scanner is one of the best options for Mercedes-Benz owners who are trying to avoid going to the dealer. In fact, it is a great scanner for any make and model and definitely beats scanners such as iCarsoft MB II and Autel MaxiCom. The only thing that it can not do is program a new control unit, but the way that Mercedes-Benz is headed with FBS4, for model 2014 and newer, you have to go to the dealer to program a new ECU.

If you want to program and have full control and programming capabilities for any Mercedes-Benz car, then MD Star C3 or C4 Diagnostic Scanner is ideal. The problem with Star scanner is that is costs a few thousand dollars to get the multiplexer, plus you have to pay an expensive monthly subscription fee which doesn’t make sense for owners, and in fact, it is too expensive for small repair shops as well. If you can’t afford the Star Diagnostic, then your next best option is the YOUCANIC full system scanner. 

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, the WINNER is  YOUCANIC full system scanner. It is better than buying a dedicated scanner for each make. Not only does it work with most car manufacturers but is easier to use than 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 YOUCANIC Full System Scanner. It can do in-depth troubleshooting in Asian, Domestic, and European cars.

Is the FIXD scanner good for Mercedes-Benz?

No. FIXD scanner over-promises but under-delivers.  It can not diagnose all your systems. It can only read check engine codes. You would be better off buying any ELM327 Adapter and using the free Torque App.

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  6. You may be aware of the usefulness of car diagnostic tools. Obviously for the same reason you are looking for the best and cheapest tool. The article describes the features of ten tools very clearly. I here wish to name the Carsoft 7.4 Multiplexer for Mercedes-Benz cars. Through its limited programming functionality, the tool can read and reset all the systems of the cars. The device can be run through a laptop with the help of the software that comes with the scanner. Anyway, the tool is very effective.

    • Does the Carsoft 7.4 take a Mercedes out of limp mode? or does any of these cheaper top 10 ones take a Mercedes out of limp mode?

    • Yes if u have a laptop running Windows XP
      else totally worthless.
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      TO DO scan with this crap it takes forever unless u know exactly what module u want to troubleshoot.
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      + be aware there are so many fake ones that Are NOT Multiplexer won’t work unless u connect with pin to pin.
      The W208 Europe does NOT have OBD only 38 pun is a PITA jist saying:)

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