ANCEL X5: Bluetooth Professional Full System OBD2 Car Diagnostic Tool for Windows

Recently I recommended ANCEL X5 to one of my colleagues.

He is a professional tech and he was looking for a scanner that could support full system diagnosis. I felt that ANCEL X5 could be the most appropriate scanner for him.

This is because I have been using ANCEL X5 for over a year now. Overall I can say that I am satisfied with its performance.

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ANCEL X5 Professional Full System OBDII Scan Tool
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As soon as I ran DSS test on ECU system the diagnostic trouble codes for a defective alternator were displayed on my PC.

Just like all scanners it’s not perfect but can perform diagnostic functions accurately.

Here is what I like and dislike about ANCEL X5.

ANCEL X5 is a professional full system car scanner.
This scanner works with both 12V diesel and gasoline vehicles
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Ancel X5 Detailed Review

Comprehensive Diagnosis Service System (DSS)

What I like

I own a garage and scanning vehicles is an everyday activity.

My first vehicle to scan using ANCEL X5 was a Chrysler. The efficiency and accuracy of ANCEL X5 got me hooked and it now been one year down the line.

A client had approached me to perform a number of tests after her car Check Engine lights came on. To establish the source of the problem I performed a Diagnosis service system (DSS) test. DSS involves checking the ECU so as to establish a possible problem.

As soon as I ran DSS test on ECU system the diagnostic trouble codes for a defective alternator were displayed on my PC. The PC was connected wirelessly using Bluetooth connectivity to ANCEL X5.

The most interesting part is reading real-time data stream, freeze frame, and clear codes.

I replaced the alternators and cleared the codes with a single push of a button.

ANCEL X5 is truly a professional tool that can accurately diagnose most vehicle brands.

What I dislike

It takes longer to establish Bluetooth connectivity between the PC and ANCEL X5. At times I feel that it is slowing me down when I have a number of vehicles to diagnose.

ANCEL X5 is an automotive OBD II code reader scanner that supports wireless connectivity
Ancel X5 is easy to use and set up
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Can perform Expert Service System (ESS)diagnosis

What I like

A friend of mine wanted to buy a used Toyota from a dealer but he was not sure about the condition of the car.

He asked me to help check out the condition of the car.

This required me to perform a number of ESS diagnostic test using ANCEL X5.

I first plugged in ANCEL X5 and established a connection to my PC using Bluetooth connectivity.

Some of the in-depth expert modules that I performed included idle speed learning, Airbag reset test, DPF reset tests, SAS calibration test, throttle adaptations, and ECU start-up test.

Luckily the car was in good condition.

Three months after buying the car, my friend informed me that the car was in an excellent condition thanks to the accurate and highly effective ANCEL X5.

What I didn’t like

Over the time I have noted that ANCEL X5 can only perform ESS test on some specific vehicles.

When I tried performing ESS on Subaru impressed all that I get is a system error.

Maintenance Service System (MSS)

What I like

When you leave your car without occasionally starting and leaving the engine to run for a while, it may end up not starting at all.

This is what happened to a car owned by one of my colleagues.

He had left his vehicle for a month without starting the engine. When he tried starting the engine, it just couldn’t start.

Using ANCEL X5 I performed a number of MSS tests that included a battery check, ABS bleeding, TPMS test, and EPS test.

With the help of the scanner, I identified two error codes that included ABS and battery check error. After recharging the battery and resetting the ABS error code, the engine finally roared.

The performance of ANCEL X5 really impressed both my friend and me.

What I didn’t like

It takes longer for the software to load.

ANCEL X5 is an OBD 2 scan tool works with both 12V diesel and gasoline vehicles (no all-electric) 1996 or newer.
ANCEL X5 can perform basic and advanced functions
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Compatibility

I initially chose ANCEL X5 because I wanted a scanner that could scan most cars.

After checking the manufacturer’s manual I was surprised to learn that it covered more than 70 vehicle brands.

I can scan all gasoline and 12V diesel vehicle manufactured from 1996 onwards on all OBD 2 vehicles.

Another amazing thing about ANCEL X5 is that I can use my iPad, PC, or tablet to read the diagnostic code.

This is because it is compatible with Android and all the windows software.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Can accurately read and clear codes
  • Supports real-time sensor data
  • Performs both basic and advanced functions
  • Supports several languages
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Cons

  • Updating and installing the ANCEL X5’s software is cumbersome
  • Takes some time for the tint to deactivate after welding

Ancel X5 vs FX4000 vs Bluedriver Comparison Chart

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ANCEL X5 Professional Full System OBDII Scan Tool
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ANCEL FX4000 All System Automotive OBD2 Scanner
bluedriver
BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool for iPhone, iPad & Android
Customer Rating (5 / 5) (4.6 / 5) (4.4 / 5)
Priceancel x5 priceancel fx4000 pricebluedriver price
ProssCan perform basic and advanced functions;
Supports wireless connectivity;
Can display live data.
Can perform full system diagnosis;
Support Full OBDII Modes;
Live data.
Can scan and clear lights of ABS, airbags, stability control systems, and your A/C;
Free app, no-fee Updates.
ConsNot support wireless connectivityDoesn't work on some car models listed as compatible.Not for Windows;
Doesn't support many advanced features.
Bottom LineANCEL X5 is suitable for DIYers or average car owners.ANCEL FX4000 is for experienced enthusiasts or DIYers.Useful and well worth the money;
Highly recommend for DIYers and car owners.

Who is ANCEL X5 built for?

Getting a scanner that can perform both basic and advanced functions is not easy.

I can confidently say that ANCEL X5 is built for a professional tech to perform basic and advanced functions.

The Bottom Line

I have been able to make major strides in diagnosis, repair, and maintenance since I bought ANCEL X5. This is a scan tool that I can confidently recommend to any professional tech who want to perform advanced and basic scanning.

Bonus: Bluedriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool Review 

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