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Debating Launch X431 V Or Autel MS906BT

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02 Dec 2019 01:26 #35508 by JD435
Well it seems it has been about a week looking and reviewing diagnostic Bi-Directional scanners. Need to be able access various controllers abs, tcm, srs, dpf, sas, etc. Need the scanner to also test varies solenoids, sensors, relays, etc for now.

Looking for good support of specific 2005 Honda CR-V, 2019 KIA Nero PHEV, 1998 - 2012 Dodge RAM Cummins and 2000 - 2015 VW TDI diesels. Would also want support for the Ford Powerstoke and GM Duramax diesels. I already have Ross VCDB for VW.

I have basically settle for either Launch X431 V or Autel MS906BT. Have not been able to try out either of these scanners so not sure which one is the best.

The cons...
Launch has limited support for certain make/models. Vendor support? Legit Sellers? Add-ons?
Autel has more expensive yearly updates $600+

Willing to spend up to about $1200.

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02 Dec 2019 06:41 #35513 by Andy.MacFadyen
Replied by Andy.MacFadyen on topic Debating Launch X431 V Or Autel MS906BT
Really you won't go wrong with either ISTR some of other most respected YouTubers ie Eric at South Main Auto Repair, Ivan at Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics and even Keith at New Auto (who uses what seems a vast array of scantools) have made good use of one or both of these tools.

One thing that is evident from is scan speed varies -- for model coverage particularly Euro and obscure Asian Launch is the winner which was the decider for me. I have just order a new Launch X431 tool as has Tyler, so expect reports in the next week or so.

No idea how much detailed there is on the Cummins in the Ram I know Snap-On cover it as Ivan used it in a video but $$$$$$

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02 Dec 2019 12:56 #35517 by JD435
Replied by JD435 on topic Debating Launch X431 V Or Autel MS906BT
Thank Andy, Also taking in CyperMonday shopping for discount.

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02 Dec 2019 22:15 #35530 by JD435
Replied by JD435 on topic Debating Launch X431 V Or Autel MS906BT
Well bit the bullet - Purchase 431 V+ on Amazon with a $100 discount. With the 431 V+ at $1049 and the MS906BT at $1085 with $150 discount, decided to go with x431 since it came with a two year free updates vs Autel one year.

Can not wait to use it on Honda CRV with EVAP P0456.

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06 Dec 2019 07:33 #35570 by Jostr
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I'm a day late to the party but the autel ms906bt has very good coverage for dodge/ram cummins. I prefer it over the verus edge when I'm needing bi directional on my 2011 cummins.
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06 Dec 2019 07:49 - 06 Dec 2019 07:50 #35571 by Andy.MacFadyen
Replied by Andy.MacFadyen on topic Debating Launch X431 V Or Autel MS906BT
Good info , I looked on the Launch Diagun 4 menu and it also list a huge range of special functions including DPF no way to test it Dodge Rams are almost unknown over here.

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06 Dec 2019 09:10 #35574 by JD435
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No eBay APP ID défined in Kunena configurationWell my x431 V+ is out for delivery today. Will be using it this weekend on Honda CRV.

Anyone looking for a slightly used x431 V+, there is one on eBay right now.
The seller responded after Cyber Monday so purchased new on Amazon.

"2018 Version LAUNCH X431 V+ ScanPad Diagnostic Tool"


Ask these questions...
1 - Who was the vendor you purchased?
2 - When does the updates expire?
3 - Do you have the certificate and pin# in order to transfer the update subscription?
4 - When can you ship?

New message from: wr19 (142Turquoise Star)
1. Vendor is autel-online (4434 ) on ebay.
2. it said i had 2 years of free updates. Purchased the item November 30, 2018. I activated it on December 11, 2018 at 11.48pm to be exact. so that mean you still have free updates until December 11, 2020 at 11.48pm. a full year.
3. I have the serial number and activation key. All you have to do it create an account on www.x431.com/website/cas/userLogin.do , and activate the product.
4. Once purchased i will ship it the very next day.

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07 Dec 2019 10:42 #35611 by Tyler
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Does anyone care to try the Remote Diagnosis function? It's not a critical function of the tool, I just want to take it for a spin.

It'd be even more fun if you install a problem and make someone else figure it out. :silly:

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