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So, you’ve just picked up a Mercedes vehicle, and you’re wondering; what is the best diagnostic tool for a Mercedes?
And we guess that you’ve jumped onto google and typed this very query into the search engine…
…Only to be overwhelmed by the number of results that come up.
As soon as you hit search millions of results are generated within half a second, meaning that picking one tool up out of the array of options can be tricky!
That’s why we put this guide together.
In this guide, we’ve put together 3 of the BEST diagnostic tools that you can purchase for a Mercedes.
And to be extra helpful, we’ve provided options for high, medium and low end budgets.
So whether you trying to splash the cash on a Mercedes diagnostic tool or looking to save cash on your diagnostics we’ve got you covered.
We also have a section on our companion app, RepairSolutions2, which is the premium in car companion apps.
Purchase ANY of our tools, and you’ll get access to this app for FREE.
The RepairSolutions2 app is truly top of the line, and it will walk you through the process of full on repairs or maintenance for your vehicle.
It even provides information on the types of repairs your car needs AND how much it would cost.
So, read on, pick out a tool, and bring professional standard automotive diagnostics to the palm of your hand.
The first tool we’re going to breakdown in this guide to the best Mercedes diagnostics tools, is the Innova FixAssist 5160RS.
This truly is the premium option as far as Mercedes diagnostics tools go, and it’s the most feature rich tool that we offer.
If you’re looking for the best of the best in diagnostic tools, then this is it.
Let’s look at the key features of this Mercedes diagnostic tool.
The 5160RS has a special reset functions.
This means that it is able to use dealership level re-learn procedures, making it very useful for repairs or maintenance.
It also has an enhanced data stream, and with it you can view advanced systems, such as ABS, Transmission, SRS and engine.
This brings you closer to the data that makes or breaks a good diagnostic.
However, the elite tier features don’t stop there.
The real icing on the cake for this Mercedes suited diagnostic tool is it’s Bi-Directional control.
Because of this, the user can test key functionalities, such as fuel pump on/off, or to retract an electronic parking brake.
As well these features, the 5160RS also has the following abilities:
– OBD1 Coverage
– Read Hybrid Battery Cell Voltage
– Live data streams
– Support for ALL 10 0BD2 modes
– Emissions/Smog Checks.
– All systems network scans.
– Oil Level & Oil Life monitoring.
– Battery/Charging System Testing.
– SRS Airbag Code reading.
– BMS Battery reset/initialization.
– Bi-Directional Active Tests.
– Oil Light reset.
– Top quality Bi-Directional OBD2 Software.
If you’d like to learn more about this Car Code Reader, then just check out this video we made about it.
However, we always place an emphasis on the satisfaction of our customers.
From our point of view, this is the greatest validation of our products quality.
So, allow us to show you what some customers thought of the 5160RS:
“Excellent Product! You Can’t Go Wrong.”
“Excellent mid- to high-level tool in its price class.”
“This tool fills a much needed gap in the market.”
“Quick and easy to use, great results.”
“Shop quality diagnostic at home.”
Overall, the 5160RS is the best of the best as far as automotive diagnostics go.
And that extends to it’s role as a Mercedes diagnostic tool.
As far as devices go for specific Mercedes diagnostic tools, this is the very best.
It’s the most feature rich and comprehensive tool that you can pick up, and it has rave reviews from those who have purchased it.
If you’re interested in adding the 5610RS to your arsenal, then just click here, it’s that easy.
Next up in this guide to the best Mercedes diagnostic tools, is the Innova FixAssist 3130RS.
This is a mid range tool, as it still packs in a great collection of features but isn’t as expensive as the 5160RS.
This is a real favourite amongst DIY Mechanics, as it allows them to have a high quality, comprehensive tool, without breaking the bank.
And of course, it’s great for running diagnostics on Mercedes vehicles too!
Let’s breakdown it’s key features.
A key feature that I’d like to mention right away is it’s SRS functionalities, which allow the user to diagnose and clear safety systems of a variety of vehicles (including Mercedes of course).
This allows you to be sure that the safety systems in your Mercedes vehicle are completely safe, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.
As well safety measures checks, the 3130RS also enables the user to check the oil contents in your Mercedes vehicle.
Meaning, that the tool is equipped to reset an oil maintenance light, as well monitor oil levels and oil life in your Mercedes.
This is also a diagnostic tool that’s particularly skilled in presenting and analysing data.
This device has a live data graph, and with this the user can compare multiple vehicle systems in real time, with easy to read data graphs, bringing you closer to the data that matters to diagnostics.
Not to mention that this is a tool with all system network scan abilities, meaning that you can clear all ECU modules and their trouble codes.
Aside from these key features, this car code reader also has the following:
– ABS/Brake Codes: Read and Clear
– Battery Charging System Test
– Emissions/Smog Check Readiness LED indicators
– Supports all 10 OBD2 Modes
If you’re interested in learning more about this mid range Mercedes diagnostic tool, then feel free to watch this video.
This is a Mercedes diagnostic tool with excellent features, that doesn’t cost a bomb.
But let’s hear from our customers, and see what they thought of this tool:
“Good tool for a good price”
“A full-featured diagnostic tool”
“Great for DIY auto work”
“This saved my son a boat load of $$!”
“Better than expected”
To conclude, the 3130RS is the perfect tool for somebody who’s looking to strike the sweet spot between low and high budgets for their mercedes tool.
This is the best mercedes diagnostic tool for this budget, and this is clear in the customer reviews and it’s comprehensive list of features.
If you’re interested in picking up this Car Code Reader, then all that you have to do is click here.
As we bring this guide to the best diagnostic tools for Mercedes to a close, allow us to introduce to you the Innova FixAssist 3030RS.
This is THE ULTIMATE tool as far as budget options go.
With a price tag of just $79.99, we recommend this to Mercedes owners who are looking for a budget option to kickstart their automotive diagnostics.
Let’s look at the features of this budget friendly diagnostic tool.
The 3030RS has a number of nifty features that make it the best option on the market for its price class.
One of these features is it’s code severity levels features.
This feature allows you to comprehend the severity levels of issues with your vehicle, allowing you to know whether a repair is urgent or can wait.
The 3030RS also comes with a unique, patented, all in one color display with hotkeys, with the display accomodating over 20 pieces of information at one time.
This makes for efficient use of your Mercedes diagnostic tool.
Rather than waste your time scrolling through an endless array of menu’s, you can get right to what you actually want to see and act on issues that your vehicle is facing.
One other particularly useful feature is it’s ‘freeze frame’ feature.
With this, you can display all your vehicles information from when a trouble code was triggered.
This makes it much easier to pin point exactly what is wrong with your vehicle.
And of course we can’t forget that this code reader also enables the user to carry out things like check engine light repair and carry out Smog checks.
With a budget that is THIS cheap, we know you may be skeptical.
So, allow us to present some of our delighted customer reviews:
“This is an excellent tool for the DIY mechanic or layman”
“Got the job done. Great product and great price.”
“Excellent is the Word”
“This is an awesome tool…great price as well!”
“We own this reader for about 3 years now and – like others said – it paid for itself the first time we used it.”
“it saved me hundreds of dollars”
”It has already saved me some money!”
“Does what it says it will do”
“Great unit for the price”
“Good Product at a Fair Price”
These reviews really speak to the quality of the 3030RS. This is a cheap, budget car code reader that delivers a quality above it’s price tag.
And just for good measure, we’ve included a comparison table underneath this text, to aid in your decision making.
We’ve also included a guide on how to use our FREE companion app that will walk you through the process of repairing your vehicle.
We’ve just covered an awful lot of information on Car Code Readers , so we put together this table to help illustrate the differences in each product.
This should streamline the process of comparing each one.
And underneath we have information on how to use your Car Code Readers, and how to get the most out of your tool with our exclusive RepairSolutions2.
Check Engine Light
Battery System CheckLive Data
10 OBD2 Modes
ABS Bleeding TPMS / Tire Pressure
Special Reset Functions
Enhanced Data Stream
Bi-Directional Active Test
To ensure you can get up and running with your Car Code Reader, we decided to provide some information on how you use it.
Step 1 – Firstly, plug the car code reader into your vehicle and turn the vehicle on.
This will automatically connect your tool to the vehicle and will read the CEL.
Step 2 – To access ABS related information on your tool, navigate to system status, and then to the ABS section as seen in the image below.
Step 3 – Then you should be good! The tool will display some info regarding your vehicle and it’s ABS system.
If you have any issues with getting set up after this step-by-step guide, then don’t worry.
Just get in touch with us and we’ll resolve any issues you have with our 24/7 ASE certified customer service.
One of the perks of purchasing a Car Code Reader from Innova Electronics is that you receive our companion app, RepairSolutions2, completely free!
The app helps you get more out of your tool, by displaying the needed repairs and parts of your vehicle, as well as the cost of repair for your vehicle.
The application is available on the PlayStore and AppStore, and provides an added dimension to your tool that just isn’t rivalled by anything else on the market.
It can also be particularly useful to acting upon the issues you find within your vehicle when diagnosing your car.
And it’s a lot cheaper than going to the mechanic!
Step 2 – Then, simply pair it with your Car Code Reader by following the instructions in the app itself.
Step 3 – Thirdly, receive your report after the data uploads to the app.
What happens after these 3 steps is twofold depending on what occurs.
IF your SRS code has a known repair, it will tell you there’s a fix available. After this happens it will put together an SRS report element for you.
This means that the app will handily put together a report that shows what parts are needed and how much it would cost to repair.
If a fix ISN’T available then you don’t have to worry. Your code information will be inside of the Needs Attention report element.
Following this, Innova techs will begin to look into your issue to produce a solution for you. After they begin investigating your issue a fix may be available for you within just 10 business days.
That’s it for this ultimate guide to Car Code Readers.
Looking for a different type of scan tool? Then check out our guide to Bi Directional Scan Tools here!