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Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT: OBD2 Automotive Diagnostic Tool Review

The Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT delivers OE-level diagnosis that includes basic, advanced and professional functions. This mid-range device resembles a tablet, which makes it rather easy and fun to operate.

But how does it perform? This Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT review looks at the main features and functionality. We have also covered how it compares with other similar scan tools. So buckle and let’s get started.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT
The Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT delivers OE-level diagnosis.
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Detailed Review of Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT 

Features and Functionalities

The Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT is built with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. And with the tablet-like design, operating it is a breeze. If you know how to use a smartphone or tablet you can easily find your way around the MK808BT.

It has dimensions of 9.4 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches, which makes it easily portable. That’s an important consideration if you are a mechanic and need a scan tool that you can walk around with.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT
Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT OBD2 Scanner Diagnostic Tool
4.14.1 / 5
The MK808BT diagnostic tool can help detect the engine ignition, fuel injection, air and fuel ratio, and exhaust emission conditions in Engine system to enhance vehicle performance, save energy and reduce exhaust emission

It’s undoubtedly a well-designed device. But how does it fair in terms of functional features?

Connectivity

The MaxiCOM MK808BT connects to the car’s computer wirelessly via Bluetooth. Its package includes a MaxiVCI Mini that plugs to a car’s OBD2 port and acts as a link between the scanner and the car’s computer systems.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT
Autel MK808BT connects to the car’s computer wirelessly via Bluetooth.
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Connect the MK808BT with the MaxiVCI Mini via Bluetooth and you will be good to run diagnostics. It allows a range of up to 33 feet (10 meters), which is pretty convenient if you want to do remote vehicle diagnostics.

Vehicle Identification

This Autel scanner uses auto VIN to identify a vehicle’s make, model and year automatically. The good thing about this feature is that you won’t have to enter your car’s information manually. Unless it’s missing in the scanner’s database.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT
MK808BT supports four methods  for Vehicle Identification.
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On the downside, it’s actually possible that the Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT might not have your car in its database. Some models, especially the latest ones (from 2015), cannot be identified automatically. In that case, you will have to enter that information manually.

Basic Diagnostics

As a full-system diagnostic scanner, the Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT supports all OBD2 protocols. They include all universal modes and some brand-specific modes like Diag-H by Honda and UART by GM.

As such, the device gives you access to the engine (ECU), transmission, ABS, SRS and all the major systems. You can read and clear their codes.

It, therefore, allows you to turn off the Check Engine Light (MIL) and other warning lights.

Advanced Diagnostics

Besides pulling and clearing codes, you can use this Autel scanner for EPB service, mileage/interval service reset, oil service reset, BMS service and IMMO (immobilizer).

EPB service checks to ensure that your electronic brake system works efficiently. When you reset interval or mileage the service light turns off. Similarly, resetting oil service turns off the oil light.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT
MK808BT performs some common service functions.
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While BMS service gives you the ability to register a new battery and monitor its current, the IMMO function allows you to disable lost keys and program new ones.

If you are a mechanic, repairer or DIY enthusiast you will need all those functions.

This scanner does deliver on all save for IMMO. You can’t use it to program new keys.

Professional Functions

The Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT supports forced DPF regeneration, TPMS sensor relearn, SAS reset and relearn of new parking brake pad. These are professional-level functions that experienced auto technicians and fully-fledged auto shops need.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT
Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT is an ideal tool for vehicle diagnosis.
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Even so, the scanner still lacks in this respect. It doesn’t support actuation, coding, and adaptation. So while it’s possible to use it in a professional way, you may still need a better device with more professional functions.

Compatibility

Will the Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT work on your vehicle? On paper, if the car is OBD2 compliant then it should. In other words, if the car is a 1996 or newer model then the device should connect with its onboard computers and deliver all the basic, advanced and professional functions advertised by Autel.

The reality is a bit different though. Let me start by saying that you can use the MaxiCOM MK808BT to perform all basic diagnostics (ECU, transmission, ABS, SRS and other main system scans) on all OBD2 cars, domestic and foreign.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT
MK808BT is easy-to-update via Tablet or MaxiVCI Mini.
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However, some advanced and professional functions don’t work on certain car brands. For example, it doesn’t do injector tests on some VW and BMW cars. Similarly, TPMS service doesn’t work on some Honda, Hyundai and Benz cars.

Before placing your order you may want to contact Auteljust to be sure that the functions you need are supported on your car make and model.

Pros

  • Bluetooth allows for remove vehicle diagnostics
  • Supports basic, advanced and professional diagnostics
  • Package includes a one year warranty
  • Has internet access for research, troubleshooting and downloading updates
  • The intuitive menu makes operation easy

Cons

  • Compatibility issues, especially with foreign cars
  • Software updates are not free after one year since purchase

Comparison with competitors

As you can see the Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT is quite a reliable scan tool. It’s not flawless though, and for that reason, you might be thinking of looking at alternative tools.

Two that come close to the MK808BT in functionality are the Autel MaxiCOM MK808 and the Autel MaxiDiag Advanced MD808.

Comparison table

MK808BT
Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT OBD2 Scanner Diagnostic Tool
MK808
Autel MaxiCOM MK808 OBD2 Scanner Diagnostic Scan Tool
MD808
Autel MD808 Maxidiag Diagnostic Scanner Tool for Engine, Transmission, SRS and Abs Systems
Customer Rating
4.14.1 / 5
4.44.4 / 5
4.24.2 / 5
Pricemk808bt pricemk808 pricemd808 price
ProsSupports basic, advanced and professional diagnosticsFull System ScanFull System Scan
ConsSoftware updates are not free after one year since purchaseDoesn't have a built-in Bluetooth moduleLacks some functions that the MK808BT offers.
Bottom Lineideal for DIY enthusiasts, beginner auto mechanics and small garagesIf you prefer a scan tool that allows for remote diagnostics then the MK808BT edges the MK808.It therefore just falls short, especially if you need professional-level functionality.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808

The MaxiCOM MK808 offers the same functions as the MaxiCOM MK808BT. That includes full-system diagnostics, live data, freeze frame data, service reset, oil reset, IMMO, BMS service, EPB service, SAS reset, TPMS sensor relearn, DPF regeneration and basically everything that you’ll get in the MK808BT.

Autel MaxiCOM MK808
The MaxiCOM MK808 offers the same functions as the MaxiCOM MK808BT
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So what makes them different? Bluetooth connectivity. While the MK808BT has a built-in Bluetooth module, the MK808 doesn’t. So if you prefer a scan tool that allows for remote diagnostics then the MK808BT edges the MK808.

Autel MaxiDiag Advanced MD808

Compared to the MaxiCOM MK808BT, the MaxiDiag Advanced MD808 can be termed as basic in functionality. Although it too supports full-system diagnostics, live data, freeze frame data, oil reset, BMS service, EPB service, SAS reset andDPF regeneration, it lacks some functions that the MK808BT offers.

MaxiDiag Advanced MD808
MaxiDiag Advanced MD808 can be termed as basic in functionality.
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They include service reset, IMMO and TPM relearn. It therefore just falls short, especially if you need professional-level functionality. On the upside, it costs less than the MK808BT.

Who is it for?

The Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT is ideal for DIY enthusiasts, beginner auto mechanics, and small garages. If you run a fully-fledged auto shop you wouldn’t want to use it as your main diagnostic tool. It lacks some important professional-level functions that are important to auto shop operators.

FAQs

  1. What is OBD?

OBD is short for onboard diagnostics. It refers to the process by which a car’s computers identify and report problems that exist within the car’s systems. You need an OBD scanner like the Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT to be able to retrieve diagnostic reports.

  1. What are CEL and MIL?

They stand for Check Engine Light and Malfunction Indicator Lamp respectively. Both are dashboard lights that come on when the car’s engine and/or EVAP system has a problem that needs fixing.

  1. Is the MaxiCOM MK808BT compatible with my car?

It is compatible with most 1996 and newer cars, both domestic and foreign. Please refer to the ‘COMPATIBILITY’ section above.

  1. Can I use the MaxiCOM MK808BT to reset the CEL?

Yes, you can.

  1. Can I use the MaxiCOM MK808BT to register a new battery?

Yes, you can.

  1. Which type of data does the MaxiCOM MK808BT provide?

You can view live data, freeze frame data and vehicle information (like VIN and CIN)

  1. Are there other reliable scanners?

Yes, the Autel MaxiCOM MK808 and the Autel MaxiDiag Advanced MD808 make great alternatives if you don’t like the MaxiCOM MK808BT.

Tim MillerFounderOBD Advisor

I knew incidentally what an OBD scanner was by searching on the Internet. Now I have over 10 years of experience in car repair and using OBD scanners. With what I know, I think I should share with everyone. That’s the reason I created this blog.

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2 thoughts on “Autel MaxiCOM MK808BT: OBD2 Automotive Diagnostic Tool Review”

  1. Hi i want to purchase the Autel maxiCOM MK808BT OBD2 i just have a concern regarding foreign cars example i have a mechanic shop in mexico would i be able to diagnose any vehicle because i understand the the emission regulations are different in USA and in mexico specially American or Japanese Cars assembled in mexico. Thanks.
    Roberto lepe

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