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Old 10-17-2018, 08:23 AM
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Best scan tool or software for W208?

New to Mercedes ownership ('99 CLK 320 Coupe) and want to get a comprehensive scan tool or laptop based software that won't break the bank. Prepared to pay up to about $500 for the right unit.

I was spoiled with the VagCom software I had for working on a '02 Passat I owned and was wondering if there are any aftermarket tools similar to that?

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shawnwes.......great question, because my suggestion is to proceed with much caution.

It wasn't very long ago that the only choice was the MB STAR diagnostic software (a.k.a SDS), that cost $xx,xxx to purchase or $x,xxx for an annual lease.

However, it would it see/reset every W208 module DT

-Powertrain P codes
-Network U codes
-Body B codes
-Chassis C codes

Through W208 production, as significant upgrades were made, they were tracked and updated via VIN.

As a result, numerous knock off versions appeared, some counterfeit, outdated, only worked w/ specific versions of Windows, included malware etc..

The good news is that in the $100 - $200 range, there are numerous scan tools available that claim to be able to read/reset full MB DTCs , including live data via just the OBDII connector.

As example
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However, note the warning that it will not work with our W208 chassis.

The reason is that MB only implemented a subset of OBDII on the W208, that brought out only power, ground and a single ended K line to the OBDII connector (e.g. only sufficient to see emission faults). Additionally, at the time, MB used a proprietary software protocols that even made using the W208 38 pin engine bay diagnostic connector with a OBBII adapter problematic.

For MY's 2004 up, MB finally implemented full OBDII signalling and protocols, which likely make these newer scanners workable. When you read reviews, note the model and MY date.

You'll find additional details regarding the above at: http://www.mbcluster.com/Old_Website/Media_Diagnostics.htm

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shawnwes.......great question, because my suggestion is to proceed with much caution.

It wasn't very long ago that the only choice was the MB STAR diagnostic software (a.k.a SDS), that cost $xx,xxx to purchase or $x,xxx for an annual lease.

However, it would it see/reset every W208 module DT

-Powertrain P codes
-Network U codes
-Body B codes
-Chassis C codes

Through W208 production, as significant upgrades were made, they were tracked and updated via VIN.

As a result, numerous knock off versions appeared, some counterfeit, outdated, only worked w/ specific versions of Windows, included malware etc..

The good news is that in the $100 - $200 range, there are numerous scan tools available that claim to be able to read/reset full MB DTCs , including live data via just the OBDII connector.

As example https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DNAMT2..._t1_B00IUIDFSS


However, note the warning that it will not work with our W208 chassis.

The reason is that MB only implemented a subset of OBDII on the W208, that brought out only power, ground and a single ended K line to the OBDII connector (e.g. only sufficient to see emission faults). Additionally, at the time, MB used a proprietary software protocols that even made using the W208 38 pin engine bay diagnostic connector with a OBBII adapter problematic.

For MY's 2004 up, MB finally implemented full OBDII signalling and protocols, which likely make these newer scanners workable. When you read reviews, note the model and MY date.

You'll find additional details regarding the above at: http://www.mbcluster.com/Old_Website/Media_Diagnostics.htm
Thanks so much for the detailed response and links. Lots of great information to go through and learn.

Do you have any experience or knowledge about the Autel MS906BT? This was their customer service dept's recommendation regarding W208s. At about $1500 CAD it's above my original budget but not out of the question if it's the Swiss army knife of scanners & can help limit my trips to the garage with my well cared for 120k mile '99 CLK 320.

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Thanks for the tip. I see they have a V12 kit that seems like a pretty good deal for 195 euros.
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Also curious and have been considering buying Carsoft v12. Are there any other options?
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I don’t know about v12, some of this stuff won’t scan your car but Carsoft 7.4 with the box and an old laptop with a serial port defiantly will. I got one from rocketprice.net for 80 bucks. Laptop for 50.

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Just make sure it will read everything alot of readers for mercedes wont do in detail scans on cars before 2000.
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I don’t know about v12, some of this stuff won’t scan your car but Carsoft 7.4 with the box and an old laptop with a serial port defiantly will. I got one from rocketprice.net for 80 bucks. Laptop for 50.
Can you give any more details on your experience ordering from this site?

I ordered the 7.4 multiplexer from them on 11/25/2018, after finding this post, for the similar price of $71.99 + $8.00 s&h. They have charged my account, but when I check the order on their site it still shows "Processing". Three separate email inquiries sent as replies from my order confirmation from them have all been ignored and calling the phone number on the website gets a recording "This account has been compromised, please contact your customer service representative." I have now requested a refund mainly just to start the clock on that process expecting further frustration with this situation.

Meanwhile, my 320 is still sitting in my driveway stuck in 1st gear, after towing her home, new conductor plate, new connector, reseal oil pan, new oil and filter, new trans fluid and I'm stuck driving my old work truck without heat... So if anyone in the Huntsville AL area has this tool or equivalent and would be willing to help me out, please let me know!
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Email them. They were hella slow, but came through. I thought they were a scam after I paid, but they’re a middle man for some Chinese company.
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Email them. They were hella slow, but came through. I thought they were a scam after I paid, but they’re a middle man for some Chinese company.
Never got the "Chinese" box, never got any response from Rocketprices, never made any headway with FL BBB, never got my money back.

Did order v12 from Belgium but can't seem to get it to read any of the driveline modules. And none of the listed options mention the transmission or TCM.. I did run erase codes on the 3 driveline options anyway and the car drove and shifted normally for about 5 miles then stuck in 3rd gear and shifter stuck in D. (Tapping left or right didn't select gears on dash display) Got back to my neighborhood in case it stuck in 1st again, turned ignition off then restarted and it went back to normal for the mile or 2 back to the house. Still no comm to modules, no check engine light, no malfunction... going to reinstall on an XP laptop Monday so hopefully the acrobat reader will function and maybe make a difference with the scan. I currently have zero confidence in reliability or what might be going on.

FYI.. if you're ordering v12, get it from their Ebay store, it will be a little cheaper than directly from their website.

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This dual diagnostic stuff Mercedes was doing back then nearly kept we away from my CLK55. I was well aware of it and it still bothers me a bit. I'm a BMW guy and they did similar stuff but I had a DIS setup for those cars. Something tells me a StarTek computer is in my future. I have access to scanners but they won't dig deep enough at times to get to certain things and that bothers me.
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Originally Posted by shawnwes View Post
New to Mercedes ownership ('99 CLK 320 Coupe) and want to get a comprehensive scan tool or laptop based software that won't break the bank. Prepared to pay up to about $500 for the right unit.

I was spoiled with the VagCom software I had for working on a '02 Passat I owned and was wondering if there are any aftermarket tools similar to that?

Thanks,
There are many model OBD2 scanners on the market. visit this site to choose one for you
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OBD2 is good because it has some benefits. Another reason that the scanner can be so small and has Bluetooth to uses your device as the screen. You can use this with Android phones, iPhones, Android tablets, or iPads
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