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Autel MaxiSys Elite, IM508, IM608 Which is the best?

May 14, 2019 by obd365  

As titled, which scanner should I buy among Autel MaxiSys EliteMaxiIM IM508 and IM608?  Let's start with some FAQs. 

Q1: So im608 is different from ms906bt?

A1: The ms906BT is a diagnostic tool ( stage 2) that has key coding at a level 2.5 out of 5. The IM608 is a stage 3 tool that has level 5 out of 5 key coding coverage and the same diagnostic software as the BT plus the j2534 for programing.

Q2: Which one better zedfull or this? Both of them same price but Im608 from China and zedfull From Europe Turkish?

A2: It really just depends on which vehicles you want to take on as each key coding tool has its value proposition. What I can confirm is that I havent seen a key coding machine that also has diagnostic softer ( as great as the Autel) and a j2534. So im terms of overall value the IM608 is great. You need to contact ZEDBull and see any documentation on its coverage to compare. IM608 is very good better than zedfull it dose ecu programming keys what ever you imagine.

Q3: Autel IM608 will do imports like Toyota,Lexus,Nissan,Subaru and more?

A3: Yes, we have checked and Validated all of those vehicles have key coding / diagnostic options available. There is about 50 manufacturers on the Immobilizer software and over 80 manufacturers on the diagnostic software

Q4: What about the im508,I already have a Elite so I don't need another big scanner just the key programing side of it.

A4: It depends on what you specialize in. If you don't specialize in bmw and benz the IM508 is good option. Other than that its like a 4 out of 5 in overall key coding.

The IM508 has level 4 key coding capability ( out of 5) level 1 diagnostic capability ( just read and erase codes primarily .. limited special functions) Only certain BMW and Benz it wont decode since it doesn't have the hardware that comes with the IM608

Q5:Do you know if autel makes a tool just for key programming without the vehicle diagnostics ?

A5: At the moment they do not offer dedicated key coding machines. There are many other companies who sell dedicated key coding machines. Maybe that might be a better match for you.

In conclusion:

Autel MaxiIM IM608 is the Autels First Key Coding Machine. This is a stage 3 device that has lock smith level key coding and the same diagnostic software and special functions at the MS908. Plus it has a j2534 so you can program blank ECU module. Its a really good solution since everything is all in one scanner. 

If you don't specialize in BMW and Mercedes IMMO and service functions, you can go for IM508.
If you need to perform BMW and Mercedes ECU programming, buy MS908P/Elite instead. Because IM608 doesn't have this possibility. 
Overall, Autel IM608 is a good buy.