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Which Autel MaxiSys is best?

As we all know, Autel has multiple product series, and its main functions are different according to different product series. Similar to MaxiCOM and MaxiPro, the Autel MaxiSys series focuses on basic automobile diagnosis, comprehensive maintenance, and common special functions. The product form of this series is a tablet computer, which often needs to be used with VCI. There is no essential difference between the MaxiSys series and the other two series. The only difference may be the difference in sales channels. In the beginning, the Autel of MaxiSys series planned to sell only offline channels, while the other two series focused on online sales. However, with time, this restriction seems to be gradually abolished. Therefore, you can see the MaxiSys series through online sales channels (such as OBDPRICE and Amazon).

There are several products under the MaxiSys series, namely MaxiSys Elite, MaxiSys CVMaxiSys MS908S ProMaxiSys MS908S,  MaxiSys MS906TSMaxiSys MS906BT, and MaxiSys MS906. So, Which Autel Maxisys is best?

I believe most people may think that the most expensive MaxiSys series products are the best. I think this is irresponsible. The best does not mean appropriate. We should first know what functions we want before buying, and then choose what is suitable for us, rather than blindly choosing the most expensive products, resulting in a waste of money.

Let's make an in-depth comparison of several products under the maxisys series. I believe you can choose the best autel maxisys for you through our comparison.

First, let's look at this chart.







MS908S Pro









All Systems DTC Scan
Service Function
Bi-Directional Control
Auto VIN Technology
ECU Coding -- --
ECU Programming -- -- -- -- --

MaxiFix Cloud-Based Info System

Data Manager
Shop Manager
Remote Support
Pre-scan Report & Post-scan Report North America Only -- North America Only North America Only North America Only North America Only
Print Feature
Multi-language Support
Domestic/Asian/European Coverage(1996-Present)
Display Size 9.7" 9.7" 9.7" 9.7" 8" 8" 8"
Wireless VCI MaxiFlash Elite MaxiFlash Elite MaxiFlash Elite Wireless Diagnostic
MaxiVCI V100 MaxiVCI V100 --
Battery Life 15400 mAh 3.7 V 11000 mAh 3.7 V 11000 mAh 3.7 V 11000 mAh 3.7 V 10000 mAh 3.7 V 10000 mAh 3.7 V 5000 mAh 3.7 V
Memory Storage 64GB 64GB 64GB 64GB 32GB 32GB 32GB
Connector Kit
TPMS -- -- -- -- -- --
Oscilloscope --
Inspection Camera --
ADAS -- --

The chart above clearly shows some differences:

1. Compared with other products, MaxiSys CV lacks some functions, such as ECU coding, ECU programming, pre-scan report, post-scan report, TPMS, and ADAS.

2. MaxiSys Elite and MaxiSys MS908s Pro have more ECU programming functions than other products.

3. For the function of pre-scan report & post-scan report, Maxisys MS906ts does not lock the area, while MaxiSys Elite, MaxiSys MS908S Pro, MS908S, MaxiSys MS906BT, MaxiSys MS906 can only be used in North America, so if you want to use this function in other regions, you have only one choice.

4. Only Maxisys MS906TS supports the TPMS function in these products, so you have no choice for this function.

5. As for the ADAS function, I don't think many people can use it, because it needs to be combined with the expensive ADAS calibration tool unless you are in a large garage.

We have understood the basic differences. Let's take a look at the characteristics of each product.

1. Autel Maxisys Elite Diagnostic Tool

Autel Maxisys Elite Diagnostic Tool

Autel Maxisys Elite Diagnostic Tool

3.8 star

Autel Maxisys Elite overview:

  • The most extensive complete system covers more than 80 brands and models in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
  • Excellent OE level functions, from comprehensive OBDII diagnosis and service to advanced ECU coding and programming.
  • Uniquely integrated vehicle programming capabilities working with an SAE J2534-1 & -2 compliant vehicle programming pass-thru interface.
  • 4. Automatic system and software update, real-time push message notification through the Internet.
  • Instant remote control technical support anytime, anywhere.
  • Interactive data logging sessions can contact autel support directly to troubleshoot diagnostic errors and errors first-hand.
  • One stop multitasking, designed for the ideal management of workshop operation to keep all data files, customer information, and vehicle records in order.
  • Unique ergonomic design, outer glue protection, and solid inner shell
  • The most efficient scanner adopts advanced technologies, such as automatic VIN scanning and Wi-Fi data recording, and adopts a very intuitive and user-friendly interface design. Twice as fast as any similar device, maxisys elite provides longer battery life and intelligent power saving.
  • Faster than any comparable device
  • MaxiSys Elite has 21 service items
  • Allows it to process online ECU programming on Benz and BMW vehicles
  • Expensive
  • Partial function lock area

2. Autel Maxisys CV MS908CV Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostic Tool

Autel Maxisys CV MS908CV Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostic Tool

 Autel Maxisys CV MS908CV Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostic Tool

5 star


Autel ms908cv truck Scanner - unparalleled vehicle coverage

Autel Maxis CV is compatible with 99% light / medium / heavy (since 1996)

Autel MS908CV performs diagnosis for heavy trucks, light trucks, natural gas vehicles, construction vehicles, buses, and so on, working with more than 80 commercial vehicle brands, ideal for large repair shops and professional mechanics.

Expert (20): Allison, Bendix, Caterpillar, Cummins, International, Detroit, PACCAR, VOLVO, Freightliner, Wabco, ZF Meritor, MERCEDES BENZ, Boschauto, Power Stroke, AISIN, IVECO, Mack, Eaton, MTU, MWM...



Trailer (3): Bendix, Haldex, Wabco

25 special functions + 23 adaptation functions

Autel Maxis ms908cv, a new version in 2022, is a top-level heavy truck scanner. It has 25 special services (including oil reset, injector coding, DPF, EPB, ABS, SRS, suspension, throttle...) and 23 adaptation functions (including Doc / DPF immediate replacement reset, fuel pressure adaptation reset, injector CEOM reset, etc.) to meet all your needs. These functions are perfectly applicable to 99% of commercial vehicles in the U.S. market, such as Freightliner, Kenworth, Peterbilt, International, Volvo, etc.


ECU coding and J2534 ECU programming

The heavy-duty scanner maxisys CV ms908cv has advanced ECU codes that are not supported by ordinary diagnostic tools. It allows you to refresh the control modules of commercial vehicles and write adaptive data of some components after repair or replacement to solve the following problems: driving performance, fuel efficiency, power loss, fault codes, the durability of mechanical components, etc., without using expensive OE scanners.


  • Focus on heavy truck diagnostics
  • Support J2534 ECU programming
  • Bi directional control is supported
  • Expensive
  • TPMS is not supported

 3. Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro Diagnostic Scan Tool

Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro Diagnostic Scan Tool

Autel MaxiSys MS908S Pro Diagnostic Scan Tool

5 star


Why buy Autel Maxis MS908s Pro?

  • Complete OBD2 general functions.
  • Extensive bidirectional (thermal function) and system testing.
  • Provide OE level functions (depending on model), such as initialization, calibration, and anti-theft device (not Toyota / Lexus).
  • Sometimes autel is faster and easier to use than OE tools.
  • PCM or win replacement function on Chrysler.
  • Parameter reset of Ford and Mazda.
  • Graphic Ford misfire.
  • Maxis ms908sp may add keys unless OE needs to log in to NASTF. If OE needs a pin code/security code, autel also needs it. Autel does not extract pin code.
  • Continue working after the update subscription expires.
  • Skipping updates are not penalized.
  • The warranty period is extended each time the subscription is renewed.
  • Ms908sp offers one year of free online updates.
  • Fully functional
  • Full Bi-Directional control
  • Key fob programming
  • ECU coding
  • Expensive

4. MaxiSYS MS908S OBD2 Bi-Directional Wi-Fi Diagnostic Scanner

MaxiSYS MS908S OBD2 Bi-Directional Wi-Fi Diagnostic Scanner

MaxiSYS MS908S OBD2 Bi-Directional Wi-Fi Diagnostic Scanner

4.5 star


  • Extraordinarily powerful Cortex A7+A15 six-core processor
  • 9.7” 2048x1536 LED-backlit glossy Multi-Touch capacitive display with IPS technology
  • Internal reliable 64GB Onboard Memory for better performance
  • Built-in 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flashlight
  • The VCI connects to the main unit wirelessly with up to 70 meters of working range
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi to access your favorite web resources
  • Unique ergonomic design with rubberized outer protection and a rugged internal housing
  • Open source Android Operating System for fast boot-up and multitasking
  • Extensive vehicle coverage for more than 80 US, Asian and European vehicle makes
  • Exceptional OE-Level system coverage for all electronic systems
  • Complete capabilities for codes, live data, active test, ECU information, adaptation, matching, etc
  • Cloud-based Data Manager saves customer and vehicle records, scanner data, and technician notes

5. Autel Maxisys MS906TS Bi-Directional Diagnostic Scanner

Autel Maxisys MS906TS Bi-Directional Diagnostic Scanner

Autel Maxisys MS906TS Bi-Directional Diagnostic Scanner

4.9 star

The latest autel scanner MS906TS in 2022 --- TPMS programming, whole system diagnosis, and daily maintenance solution.

Autel automotive diagnostic scanning tool MaxiSys MS906TS may be the best and new choice for those who want to have a real tablet with full TPMS function! Compared with the popular MS906bt, the MS906TS TPMS scanning tool enhances the hardware and more comprehensive functions. TPMS activation, relearn and reprogram functions, OE level diagnosis of all systems, more than 30 characteristic services, ECU coding, active testing, key fob programming, and easy wireless diagnosis have become the new favorites of DIY lovers and professional mechanics.

  • Complete TPMS Functions
  • Active Test/ Bi-directional Control
  • Key Fob Programming
  • PC interface was incredibly clunky

6. Autel Maxisys MS906BT Bluetooth OBD2 Diagnostic Tool

Autel Maxisys MS906BT Bluetooth OBD2 Diagnostic Tool

Autel Maxisys MS906BT Bluetooth OBD2 Diagnostic Tool

4.3 star

Stop Being Bound with OE Setting

Due to the difficulty of the ECU coding, it may trouble quite a lot of mechs and their business. But it’s also one of the most profitable projects. So the Autel scanner won’t let the easy money fly away from you. The 2021 Autel MK906BT has the power to access the deepest part of the ECU, which means you can tune the ignition time, tune the oil injection, adjust the air intake, and tune the auto gearbox shift point, etc. The Autel MK906BT is born to shorten the distance between you and the freezing steel!

Send the Orders to the ECU

Before taking every part off, bi-directional control might be necessary. It could save you time and your troubles. Instead of being an order receiver, the Autel scan tool could command the ECU to conduct the test. Such as lifting up or down the windows, switching on or off the window wipers, turn on or off the headlamps. The Autel MK906BT would pinpoint the problems before tearing your car apart.

Capture Every Detail

All system diagnostic is a shortcut we offer you to have an insight look of the engine or other systems. So, you would be crystal clear about what’s going on underneath the hood. Reading the freeze frame, reviewing the live data, clear the codes or recodes of the individual system such as Engine, Automatic Transmission, Anti-lock Braking System, Supplemental Restraint System, etc.

  • Installed Bluetooth, allowing diagnosis wirelessly.
  • Diagnostic coverage includes premium vehicle brands such as Maserati and Bentley, which would be required for high-end service shops.
  • Supports oscilloscope and digital inspection camera add-ons which are not supported by MS906.
  • Annual subscription fee

 7. Autel Scanner Maxisys MS906

Autel Scanner Maxisys MS906

 Autel Scanner Maxisys MS906

4.3 star

Why buy the Autel MS906 Diagnostic Scan tool?

1. It provides live data. Apart from providing real-time diagnostic feedback, live data as well as assistance when you require turning off warning lights.

2. Read and clear OE-level codes for all the present vehicle systems. From the engine to the ABS, transmission, and many more.

3. It can reset oil service, SRS, ABS, TMPS relearn, SAS, and EPB.

4. It supports actuation tests, matching, and adaptation. For example, you can use it to program the ECU, keys, and tire pressure monitor.

5. Another unique function of the Autel MS906 diagnostic code reader is that it as well supports full OBD1 diagnostics.

  • Fast and excellent processor
  • User-friendly interface and easy to use
  • Versatile and extensive vehicle coverage
  • Enough functions for professionals
  • One-year warranty & 24-hour tech support
  • Expensive


Through the above comparison, I believe you should have your idea in mind. Maxisys series products are mainly aimed at large repair shops because their functions cover a wide range and the price is not affordable for ordinary people. If your budget is sufficient, you can consider them. I think you can know which Autel MaxiSys is best after careful consideration.

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