Autel Maxisys Ultra VS Autel IM608 VS Autel IM508

Put together the users’ feedback on the Autel comparison: Autel Ultra VS Autel IM608 VS Autel IM508.


Autel Maxisys Ultra Feedback / Test reports:

  1. Autel Ultra- apparently does  diagnostics the same as IM608. Only addon I see is battery analysis, inspection camera. Comes with scope included. The j2534 supports mega-can so the new Mopars it works. Tested.


  1. I also have Autel Ultra. I traded my snap on verus in on it. Aside from what you mentioned before, there’s ADAS, Shop platform for running your business, the nice scope, and loads of other capabilities too come with the expansions and updates. However the 608 is my workhorse. In the aftermarket repair world I don’t get very many new vehicles. Mostly 2015 and back. Usually one of these two scan tools covers the job.


  1. I have the Maxisys Ultra, and don’t only use it for diagnostic etc. but also for installing sound systems in vehicles, it’s the best tool ever.


  1. Coming from the MS906. Autel Ultra was a huge upgrade and definitely worth it for my busy auto repair shop. So far, the scope has been pretty awesome and it’s abilities are more than enough for us. There is a little lost in translation issues we encounter and a lot of ‘chinglish’ but once you get over that, it’s a powerful tool.


  1. Autel Ultra lab scope is a fantastic tool for diagnostics. The extra large touchscreen is a joy to use and is easy to read outside in daylight. Battery life has been longer than expected at around 8 hours and charge time is fairly quick. If you need a 4 channel lab scope in your shop then look no further. The Autel Ultra does everything my Snap-On Verus does but it does it faster and with a larger screen. Accessories such as test leads, alligator clips and back probes are all neatly stowed in the rugged case.


Read related article: Autel MaxiSys Ultra in-depth review and comparison


Autel IM608 Feedback / Test reports:

Autel IM608 Success List:

  1. Autel IM608 does 90% of keys in my experience of using it for over a year. Its a learning curve, not going to be easy diy but after some research it’s a good tool.

Diagnostics it can pull codes just like any other tool.. adaptions/calibrations – module programing 25% actually works.


  1. Tested it mainly work with Ford, GM, Mopar (Dodge Chrysler) Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Mazda, Nissan and Infiniti, Honda and Acura, Kia and Hyundai, Alfa Romeo, Volvo, some Fiats, some Land Rover and Jaguar etc.


  1. Program key about 200+ cars a month and Autel IM608 is my go to with every single car.


  1. Recognize Autel IM608 that will do the most and keep using it to its full potential.


  1. I’ve done a couple thousand vehicles with IM608 already and have yet to come across any failures. I’m sure there will be one, but I also can guarantee if the machine can’t do it wasn’t designed to do it.


  1. Autel IM608 worth every penny. Works amazing and almost cover everything I need.


Autel IM608 Failure list:

  1. The j2534 lacks mega-can to work on newer Mopars.
  2. Cars I had no luck with are 15+ MB push to start, VAG hit or miss

In fact: ONLY the dealer can do 2015+ MB, that’s fsb4, no one but the dealership apart from Sprinter which is still FSB3 until 2018.

  1. Bentley failed.
  2. Subaru smart key 2019+ all keys lost it won’t do!
  3. Not supported Porsche boxter.
  4. Air suspension on mb fails in auto mode.

Good to know:

Car on the 608 I think it’s for the best. All in one. You have to realize that even your best won’t do everything.

Good tool if you no how to use it rite, Good tool don’t make you Good locksmith. Autel IM608 / IM508 also depends on the competency of the user, all the machine can do is do what your guiding it to do.

Buy the IM608 Pro with the complete set with everything… APB112, XP400, J2534 , the complete set of adapters , the GBox2 & also a Toyota 8a cable with the dolphin key cutter….  (includes APB112 Smart Key Simulator and G-BOX2)


Autel IM508 Feedback / Test Reports:

  1. I have the IM608. I traded in my IM508 to get it. The Diagnostics are way better in the IM608. The IM508 wouldn’t do calibration, relearn, or programming. Only scan and data. So the IM608 is my primary tool.


  1. I was using IM508 for more than 1 year and now use IM608, particularly in keys subject does the same, only it takes a little more to calculate password in MB because its processor is slower, but keys does the same as IM608, VW is wonderful, I do everything in VW but you have to explore a lot, I definitely recommend it but if you have for a IM608 spend it on it, in BMW it’s great with due care.


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Autel IM608 VS Autel Ultra in the aspect of Hardware and Software

Autel IM608

Autel Ultra

Operating system Android 4.4.2, Kitkat Android 7.0 OS
Processor Samsung Exynos hexa-core Processor

(1.3GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 +

1.7GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A15)

Samsung Exynos8895V octa-core Processor (2.3GHz Quad-core Mongoose + 1.7GHz Quad-core A53) Processor
Memory 2GB+ 64GB 4GB RAM & 256GB On-board Memory
Display 10.1-inch LED capacitive touch screen with 1920×1200 resolution


Large 12.9’’ Touchscreen (2732 x 2048)
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
USB: 2.0
BT v.2.1 + EDR
SD Card (Support up to 32GB)
WiFix2 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO)

BT v.2.1 + EDR


USB 2.0 (Two USB HOST Type A, one USB mini device)

HDMI 2.0

SD Card (Support up to 256GB)


Camera (rear) 8.0 Megapixel, AF with Flashlight Rear: 16 Megapixel, Autofocus with Flashlight

Front: 5 Megapixel


Sensors Gravity Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) Gravity Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor (ALS)
Audio Input/Output


Dual Speakers
3-Band 3.5 mm stereo/standard headset jack

Dual Speakers

3-Band 3.5 mm stereo/standard headset jack

Power and battery 15000 mAh 3.8 V lithium-polymer battery
Charging via 12 V AC/DC power supply with the temperature between 0°C and 45°C
18000mAh 3.8 V lithium-polymer battery 8 hours continuous operation

Charging via 12 V AC/DC power supply with the temperature between 0°C and 45°C



NW: 1.42 kg (3.13 lb.) GW: 8.655 kg (19.08 lb.)


2.18kg (4.81 lb.)
Dimensions (WxHxD)


300 mm (11.81”) x 220 mm (8.66”) x 50 mm (1.97”) 366.5 mm (14.43″) x 280.9 mm
Protocol ISO 9142-2, ISO 14230-2, ISO 15765-4, K/L-Line, Flashing Code, SAE-J1850 VPW,
SAE-J1850 PWM, CAN ISO 11898, Highspeed, Middlespeed, Lowspeed and Singlewire CAN,
GM UART, UART Echo Byte Protocol, Honda Diag-H Protocol, TP 2.0, TP 1.6, SAE J1939,
SAE J1708, Fault-Tolerant CAN
DoIP, PLC J2497, ISO-15765, SAE-J1939, ISO-14229 UDS, SAE-J2411 Single Wire Can (GMLAN), ISO-11898-2, ISO-11898-3, SAE-J2819 (TP20), TP16, ISO-9141, ISO-14230, SAE-J2610 (Chrysler SCI), UART Echo Byte, SAE-J2809 (Honda Diag-H), SAE-J2740 (GM ALDL), SAE-J1567 (CCD BUS), Ford UBP, Nissan DDL UART with Clock, BMW DS2, BMW DS1, SAE J2819 (VAG KW81), KW82, SAE J1708, SAE-J1850 PWM (Ford SCP), SAE-J1850 VPW (GM Class2)
Programming Key programming only,

Does not do Mercedes and BMW online ECU programming

Does Mercedes and BMW online ECU programming.
IMMO Keys Comes with XP400, advanced key programming, all keys lost,m add key, change key etc No key programming,

anti-theft matching can disable lost key and add new key’s information program to ensure the security of your vehicle


Diagnostic Service Bi-directional control

Advanced full systems DIganosics for 80+ US, Asain and European makes and models

Read codes

Erase codes

Live data

ECU information

Active Test

Complete OBD diagnostics

Service functions

Bi-directional control

Advanced full systems DIganosics for 80+ US, Asain, and European makes and models

Read codes

Erase codes

Live data

ECU information

Active Test

Complete OBD diagnostics

Service functions

20+ Special service 20+ special service functions, Oil reset, EPB, TPMS, BMS, Auto bleeding, DPF, airbag reset, injector, SAS, suspension, throttle, Winn DR Roof, Seat, Odometer, Land change, Headlamp, CHG tire size, TEC learn, Cylinder, Turbocharging, Trans adaptation 26 Commonly Used Reset Functions for Fast Maintenance or Repairs +

Oil Reset, EPB, BMS, ABS Bleed, TPMS, Airbag Reset, DPF Reg., IMMO Service, Injector Coding, SAS Calibration, Suspension Calibration, Throttle Adaption, ABS/SRS, Gear Learning, Sunroof Initialization, Seats Calibration, Language Change, Headlight Matching, A/F Setting, WIN DR Roof, Odometer, CHG Tire Size, Cylinder, Turbocharging, Limit, Trans Adaption.


Topology module mapping No Yes,

Color coded all system status screen on supported vehicles

Split-screen display Yes, view multiple functions at once
Repair assist Guided procedures with DTC analysis and fault code solutions
Relevant cases DTC troubleshooting

Repair tips video library

5 in 1 VCM1 JVCI only Yes,  4-channel oscilloscope, waveform generator, multimeter, and CAN BUS tester 5 in 1
Scope Yes, built-in
Internal power supply Yes
VIN identification Auto VIN/Manual VIN Auto VIN/Manual VIN/ Scan VIN
Newest GM/Ford CAN FD Does not come with CAN FD protocol, requires a CAN FD adapter Already compatible with CAN FD adapter
Update service 1 Year Free Update 1 Year Free Update