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One of the most valuable tools to have as the owner of a modern car is a competent OBD scanner. The OBD-II system instituted around 1996 made diagnosing issues much easier, but it has since expanded, connecting nearly every system of the car into a single port through which anyone can access. While basic scanners still hold their merit, more advanced units like the MX808 have far more value, especially if you’re an avid DIY’er. 


As the name suggests, the MX808 is the best Autel scanner you can buy and is in the conversation for one of the best non-professional scanners on the market. Any conceivable procedure you might need an advanced scanner for won’t be a problem as its capabilities rival that of professional-grade products. 

FCP Euro Autel MX808 MAXICHECK Scan Tool

The MAXICHECK is a tablet with a 7-inch touchscreen LED display housed in a shop-safe plastic and rubber body. Inside, a four-core processor ensures quick loading times and responsive inputs as you perform your maintenance tasks. Once plugged into a vehicle, it can automatically read the VIN and present you with all the tools needed for service and diagnosis. Even if you aren’t the handiest owner in the world, completing brake jobs, oil changes, and filter changes, the MX808 


Autel MX808 Features 

The entire benefit of owning the MX808 is the features it offers. Maintenance may be easy on older models, but contemporary offerings often need a computer just to reset the parking brake or install a new battery. Fortunately, those aren't any trouble for the MAXICHECK. It can support far more involved jobs like injector replacements, sensor resets, and drive-by-wire brake system bleeds. 

  • Read/clear codes for all available systems
  • Display live data in text, graph & analog for easy data review
  • Auto VIN technology can automatically identify the vehicle’s make, model, and year information in no time
  • Relearn parking brake pad after replacement
  • Support Immobilizer functions (Keys)
  • Support forced DPF regeneration and adjusting injectors
  • Reset Steering Angle Sensor (SAS)
  • Reset service mileage and service intervals
  • Support Basic TPMS sensor relearn
  • Support battery registration and reset
  • Electronic Brake Bleeding by activating pumps and solenoids on certain cars. Brake bleeding does work on Mercedes SBC systems. Also resets pedal counter values on SBC systems.
  • Adjusts injector values
  • Throttle body adaptation

Along with the service-assisting features, the MX808 also displays live data as your engine runs, allowing you to measure various parameters on the fly. This can be critical while diagnosing something in the charging system; watching for any drops or spikes in voltage can highlight a specific problem spot. It’s also highly useful for anyone who regularly swaps from winter to summer wheels and tires. The TPMS light that pops on after every switch typically requires a trip to the dealership to reset the calibration, but not with the MX808. In just a few minutes, you’ll be free of all warning messages, and your on-board computer will be reading the tire pressure of your freshly fitted summer or winter tire set. 


The Autel MX808 In Action



Autel AL329: The Basic Companion

There really aren't any alternatives to the MX808 that will perform the same job. However, for more simple checks, you don't need to break out the big tablet. Instead, something like the AL329 handheld scanner will work perfectly. 

The AL329 is as simple as it gets, making it a great tool or gift for the entry-level DIY'er. It only functions as a traditional scanner, meaning it can read engine codes, reset the computers, and turn off the MIL. It can also read and display live emissions data and retrieves VIN information. Even if you have an MX808, the AL329 compliments it perfectly by fitting much easier into a glove box or center console. Realizing that our favorite Euros are getting older and will require more time hooked up to a scanner can make daily driving a bit more anxiety-inducing, so having one at the ready should work to combat that.

However, the AL329 isn't the only option. Autel also offers the AP200 Bluetooth scanner. Instead of a traditional scanner that's plugged in and handheld, the AP200 is a simple dongle that'll fit in the palm of your hand. Once you plug it in, simply connect your phone and have all of the tools of the AL329, and a handful more, at your disposal. If you think you need more functions, you can upgrade your coverage within the Autel app.

Whichever scanner you choose to pair with your MX808, you'll never be without the right tool for the job. 

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Christian Schaefer

Car and motorsports-obsessed writer/editor for FCP Euro's DIY Blog. Constantly dreaming of competing behind the wheel or searching for another project. Owner of a turbo Subaru Forester and a ratty Porsche 914, neither of which are running.

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