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Hi all. Friend of mine runs a local shop. He is considering purchasing a new Scan Tool.

MAC Rep. is trying to get him to purchase a new ETX431TAB10. Standard pitch, sale on through Wednesday.

Anyone have opinions?

He runs a small shop and wants something good that is updatable, but does not want to waste money on expensive options that are not really needed.

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I have a personal relationship with a local Mac dealer (I don't deal with him so no bias).

I asked him about this tool and he said it was excellent, one of the best ones Mac offers.

He hasn't had any issues "so far," he gave it a glowing review.

 

He sold a pair to a local body shop recently and they love it.

Works very good with European vehicles - the body shop had problems with Porche and Land Rover on their previous tool but not the Mac one.

Fully upgradable and downgradable - if a new update gives you grief, you can go back to an older version that works properly.

Works well for telematics - you buy bulk OBD2 dongles and give to your good customers, and you can do OBD2 diagnostics even if the car is far away.

 

Worst I could say is it -might- be a bit overkill for a small shop if he only deals with domestics or something like that.

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It's just a Launch X431 Pad II is all it is.

If that's the case I'd run. The only decent launch tool I've heard of is the Matco maximus (sp?) As Matco handles tech support. We owned a launch and it was the biggest piece of junk yet - an actron code scanner would be better!

 

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If that's the case I'd run. The only decent launch tool I've heard of is the Matco maximus (sp?) As Matco handles tech support. We owned a launch and it was the biggest piece of junk yet - an actron code scanner would be better!

 

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It's the same exact tool as the Maximus. The Chineese brands bring a lot to the table but Support is not a strong point.

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I own a Matco maximus 2.0 , actually it is a pretty good scanner. I for one don't see paying 10,000 for a scanner just so you can have it link you to all these fix sites. If you have a good scanner with some bi-directional communications and you know what you are looking at and what you are doing there is no need to pay mucho bucks for one. I also use a otc genisys running 5.0, between the two they give me all I need. Before I purchased my maximus 2.0 I had snap-on , mac, and matco lend me a scanner or a few different ones for a week or two at a time and I narrowed it down to what worked best for me that would by my suggestion to anyone looking to buy a scanner give it a test drive first.

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