The MaxiDiag Elite MD802 is part of the Autel Professional Series. It’s actually great value for money given that it can scan all the modules in the car. Of course there is a bit of a learning curve you will have to go through as you learn how to set up all the options, but once you get the hang of it, its easy to use and the results are fast.
Why is this such a good tool?
What makes this unit stand out above the rest is that it does more than just scan the vehicle. You’ve got fully customized scanning options, you can zero in on just the transmission, the power train, the cars ABS, and full body scans. You can narrow down to the make of the vehicle, which is so much better than some of the other diagnostic tools that just give you a general report, or that aren’t compatible with the wide range of makes and models that this one is. Once it reads the codes, it also lets you reset them, which can really save you a lot of money.
Who should consider buying this tool?
The Maxidiag Elite MD802 will also suit someone who loves maintaining their own vehicles and is a bit ‘techie’. In days gone by cars were easy to work on at home. Then with the advance of technology it became a bit harder to do it all yourself unless you have a tool like this that can read ALL the codes for ALL the modules.
If you are unlucky enough to have a car that seems to keep setting off warning codes then this could cost you well over $100 just to get the code reset at the repair shop. This unit would soon pay for itself.
This tool is good enough for a small repair shop to have as a lightweight portable alternative. It’s also going to be great value for anyone that has to maintain or service a fleet of vehicles.
If you are in the used car sales industry, buying used cars is always risky, but using a diagnostic tool like this one reduces your risk considerably for a comparatively small amount.
If you are in the collision repair business this is a handy tool for clearing airbag codes and other traction codes.
Reads and clears codes in ALL models of cars manufactured since 1996, including European, Asian and Domestic cars
- Reads and clears codes on engine, transmission, airbag and the ABS
- Simple push button feature enables all codes to be cleared quickly and easily
- Supports all 10 test modes of the latest J1979 OBD II test specs. This includes Read Codes, Erase codes, Live Data, Freeze Frame, I/M Readiness, O2 Monitor Test, On-Board Monitor Test, Component Test, and Vehicle Information
- Enhanced OBDII mode 6
- Connect to PC to print data
- Live data graphing
- One year of free software updates
Are there any downsides to this tool?
As a word of warning, you can’t use a Mac to do the updates with this tool as it’s not compatible with Apple products.
You will have to spend some time getting it set up once you get it. You’ll need to keep the box, which has the serial number on it (the serial number is also on the back of the unit) and register the device on the website. This doesn’t take too long, what is time consuming is the update. You’ll have to download all of the latest updates, which can take a while unless you have a fast internet connection. Once you have done all the updates you are ready to go.
One little quirk this unit has is that the SD card actually goes in what could be considered upside down! The electrical contacts are supposed to be facing up, not down like most other devices that need an SD card. It’s not a problem – just something to be aware of.
The unit comes with a standard 4GB SD card which may not be enough, so you can just change out the SD card to one with 16GB of memory for a couple of dollars and you will find that the updates go a lot faster after that.
Over all, Maxidiag Elite MD802 unit is a great investment. The price is well within the reasonable range, considering the alternative mechanic shop prices. Even if you are just buying a used car for yourself, it’s worth having this tool to make sure that you are making a good purchase.