Diagnostic Tool, Launch X431 V Or Autel MS906BT?

February 12, 2020

Well it seems it has been about a week looking and reviewing diagnostic Bi-Directional scanners. Need to be able access various controllers abs, tcm, srs, dpf, sas, etc. Need the scanner to also test varies solenoids, sensors, relays, etc for now.

Looking for good support of specific 2005 Honda CR-V, 2019 KIA Nero PHEV, 1998 – 2012 Dodge RAM Cummins and 2000 – 2015 VW TDI diesels. Would also want support for the Ford Powerstoke and GM Duramax diesels. I already have Ross VCDB for VW.

I have basically settle for either Launch X431 V or Autel MS906BT. Have not been able to try out either of these scanners so not sure which one is the best.

The cons…
Launch has limited support for certain make/models. Vendor support? Legit Sellers? Add-ons?
Autel has more expensive yearly updates $600+

Willing to spend up to about $1200.

Here is the Comparison Chart :Launch X431 V vs. Autel MS906 vs. Autel MS906BT 

LAUNCH X431 V+
LAUNCH X431 V+
AUTEL MS906
Autel Maxisys MS906
AUTEL MS906BT
Autel Maxisys MS906BT
Customer Rating
4.3
3.8
4.3
Weight 13.23 pounds 22 pounds 19.2 pounds
Dimensions 13.8 x 5.9 x 9.8 inches 10 x 1.4 x 6.9 inches 25.8 x 17 x 7.2 inches
Read/Erase Codes Yes Yes Yes
Full system diagnoses Yes Yes Yes
ECU coding N/A N/A Yes
DTC Lookup Yes N/A N/A
Compatibility Android, IOS and Windows OS Android, IOS and Windows OS Android, IOS and Windows OS
Bottom Line It is ideal for DIY users, car enthusiasts, repair shop It is suitable for professionals and repair shops. It is a great pick for professionals and car owners.

Finally , I  decided to go with x431 since it came with a two year free updates vs Autel one year, and I love it. It is wireless Bluetooth connected, so I can run and print a health report while handling other things. Loaded some of my own apps and software on and it is a great asset for us.