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MB Star Diagnostic hardware and software?

Can anyone recommend (from FIRST hand experience) where to get a fully working and reliable system that will for instance re-program ride height.
I already have a fault code reader / re-setter, so do not need that functionality.
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Can anyone recommend (from FIRST hand experience) where to get a fully working and reliable system that will for instance re-program ride height.
I already have a fault code reader / re-setter, so do not need that functionality.
Thanks
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Are you after something with lower cost compared to a full blown Star diagnosis tool when the tool would not need to handle fault code erasing and reading but would have the rest of Star functionality? I'm afraid you would not gain much, more likely the contrary.
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Can anyone recommend (from FIRST hand experience) where to get a fully working and reliable system that will for instance re-program ride height.
I already have a fault code reader / re-setter, so do not need that functionality.
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You can order one here:
http://www.baumtools.com/pdf/SDS_Compact_4.pdf

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Yes, I am looking for a low cost option. I have been told that for £700 I can get a full hardware and software set-up, but wanted to get a set-up from a tried and tested source.
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no cheapest full version is 1200L or around 2200$

there are some chinese copies for less than that but remember you have few issues to contend with here. hardware and then the software and keys and expirations and a host of other tidbits that require new data to operate

the oem one (baum and others) are hilariously overpriced although they are cool. the problem with those is they are really well coded to only work with MB subscriptions which will run you a few grand a year alone

let me add this since i've started. you need

1. the multiplexer and all plugs for various models.
2. the software
3. the software that makes the software work (keys, updates, subscription data)
4. a computer to run that on

There are 2 ways to do that:

1. get the multiplexer and computer COMBO. The computer comes loaded for SDS operation only. Usually a T30, the older ones.
2. get the multiplexer and the das software version of your choice. Get it to work with the codes and updates. This way you can run it on a system of your choice.

But like i said it is very iffy and may not work until you get the hardware/software combo right and install/setup precisely. It is an awesome thing to play with if you have a few grand to throw around for it.

Or if you are super baller, get the oem stuff and subscribe to mercedes. It will give you massive bragging rights if nothing else.

protip: certain cars have certain systems locked so even the dealer has to call and get authorization to mess with them. There are ways around that if you are running an aftermarket scanner.

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no cheapest full version is 1200L or around 2200$

there are some chinese copies for less than that but remember you have few issues to contend with here. hardware and then the software and keys and expirations and a host of other tidbits that require new data to operate
It is impossible to say what is the lowest possible price, you must be referring to one model and your favourite shop. I bet the same quality can be purchased a lot cheaper and those Chinese low cost tools are less than $300 (excluding laptop, delivery costs etc.).
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