After receiving the response from customer on the performance of MaxiDiag MD808, Autel present us with MaxiDiag MD808 Pro as a replacement for the older model.
Being an auto car user you would have seen several scan tools on the market and would have to spend a considerable time researching the best scanners on the market. And one that keeps popping up almost everywhere would be the Autel MaxiDiag Advanced MD808 (MD808 Pro).
It’s an improvement on the original Autel MaxiDiag MD808 so making a decision to upgrade the MaxiDiag MD808 to the MaxiDiag MD808 Pro was a welcome idea
It came with a free lifetime update as long as you don’t lose your receipt.
Autel MaxiDiag Advanced MD808 came in a well-built plastic carry case. The scanner itself was neatly tucked in a rugged rubber case. Also included in the carrying case was an OBD/CAN interface cable, a user manual and a USB cable.
The carrying case is quite lovely. It is black in color and has a large, red ‘Autel’ print on the side. At the top is a handle that makes it easy to carry.
- You will love the portability if you are an auto mechanic whose work involves a lot of moving around.
Review of Functions and Features of Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro
Vehicle Scan (Basic Diagnostics)
Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro boots up as soon as you connect it to a vehicle and start the ignition. It only takes a few seconds to start up completely. Then it prompts you to choose your region, manufacturer and then enter the VIN.
Once all that is done the scanner displays a menu that contains 4 items, which is
- Check Engine
The scanner actually checks all systems. It can read and clear engine, ABS, SRS, transmission, BMS, EPB, DPF, SAS, ECU and any other system codes. You can choose to either do a quick scan (all available modules) or a dedicated scan (for just one system).
- Not many OBD2 scanners offer that kind of flexibility.
When doing codes you can choose to pull codes from individual modules or from all the modules at once. The same goes for clearing the codes. Perhaps the best part is that you can do all that with just one push of a button. It really makes basic diagnostics very easy.
There’s a large LCD display that makes reading and clearing codes simple and fun. The user manual is detailed too, you can rely on it on this.
The only bad thing about using the Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro for codes is its slow speed. It’s a bit slow especially when scanning American and European-made vehicles. But it works like a charm on Asian vehicles.
Vehicle Service and Tests (Advanced Diagnostics)
Most ordinary car owners only use OBD2 scanners to pull and clear codes. If you have the Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro you can explore a little deeper and test other functions. That’s where Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro really comes into its own, with almost everything you may need in an OBD2 scanner.
- First of all, you can use it to reset the battery, steering angle sensor SAS, oil service intervals, service intervals, service mileage and ECU brake warning light.
- In addition to that, the scanner supports battery registration, diesel particulate filter regeneration and relearning of parking brake pads after replacement.
- You can also do I/M readiness and components as well as O2 monitor tests.
- It does exceptionally well with oil reset reminders and ABS reset
With this facts you can see that Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro is, in fact, a fully-fledged scanner. You won’t get such many advanced functions in other scanners of its price range.
The MaxiDiag MD808 Pro not only displays codes but also live and freeze frame sensor data in graphical or text format. Error codes come with their descriptions. Even if you are new to OBD2 diagnostics you will know what each code means.
- On their part, live and freeze frame data make it easy to pinpoint exactly what is wrong with a sensor or module.
- This scan tool displays them very clearly. Plus descriptions make it an easy-to-use scanner for beginners and intermediates who might not know code meanings off head.
Apart from connecting the Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro to a vehicle’s OBD2 port, the other connection you can make is to a PC via USB.
If it fails to make the connection you have the option of taking out the SD card and inserting it into a PC directly. You will need that connection when updating the device or when you want to analyze and print data on a PC.
- The scanner’s OBD2 cable goes to your vehicle’s OBD2 port. That enables diagnostics.
- The USB cable and microSD card connect to a PC when you need to do updates or copy/print data. It’s as simple as that!
But even after a successful PC connection, this scanner can only print text, not graphs. And you will get an unformatted text.
PROS and CONS
Autel MaxiDiag MD808 (MD808 Pro) works on almost all OBD2 compliant vehicles regardless of the brand that is made after 1996. Some of the mainstream makes that I was able to test it on include
- Acura, Audi, Benz, BMW, Chevy, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Land Rover, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and VW.
Most of the time it will identify a vehicle automatically and lead you to diagnostic functions. While the connection speed varies, it is a generally fast diagnostic scanner.
However, it failed to connect to several other new vehicles. Some examples are
- 2016 Jeep Cherokee, 2017 VW Jetta, 2014 Dodge Ram, 2017 Dodge Charger and 2015 BMW Z4 E89.
In those instances it could neither identify the type of vehicle nor connect to the vehicle’s computer.
Due to the fact that models didn’t even exist in the scanner’s menu. So if you are a car owner you may want to confirm whether your make and model is supported before you buy this OBD2 scanner.
Comparison Chart of Autel Maxidiag MD808 PRO vs FOXWELL NT624 PRO vs MK808
-Supports all the basic and advanced functions of the MaxiDiag MD808 Pro
-Good value for money
-Compatible with almost all OBD2 vehicles
-Doesn’t work on SOME new vehicle models (past 2014)
-Limited functions on Ford diesels
Who is it for?
It’s not a perfect tool but the Autel MaxiDiag MD808 Pro is ideal for professionals and DIY enthusiasts. It has an impressively powerful processor that boots up fast and supports a huge database of data.
That speed and library are priceless to someone who does auto repair for a living. For its price this device is a steal.
The Bottom Line
Overall, the MaxiDiag MD808 Pro balances functionality and cost better than any other scan tool. It has an affordable price tag but features functionality that is comparable to what high-end tools offer. Meaning you get great performance in a cost-efficient package.
That’s a pretty good deal for any DIY enthusiast or if you are just starting your professional auto repair career.