The unit I have, and I was pushing others to get which turned out to be the best Chinese at the given time was this one.
Purchased from this exact link:
Smarter Shopping, Better Living! Aliexpress.com
NO LONGER SOLD this was a "C4" unit. For our cars with the 38 pin this was THE unit to have. The multiplexer is super reliable to this date. Here is the Multiplexer:
The Chinese software screen looks like this:
The Systems Paul600600 builds look like this on Window-7
Today with the new systems with "Pass-Through". HHT is not included, and their I cannot help any one as I'm operating a older C4 system, but Jon and others can chime in that "I" think it really comes down to the software.
Some are reluctant to buy from a far far-away Chinese company, and plunk-down real DOUGH to such a foreign company. I do not blame you. I bought what I bought from a member that experienced great results. Those of you wanting local source. I do not know what to say, but again I rather buy from a place of reputation over it being sold locally. Some of you may not want to deal with "Chinese" company. I get that too. Then this English company in the UK
has options, and they speak "English" over Chinese-English. You guys can message them with questions....
The mother of all threads it is located in the R129 forum, and how I found out about what system to buy is this thread, and for help too-excellent read:
All Forum Members: DHL Couriers arrived at the door this morning with the MB STAR C4 Diagnostic package. The great news is that the cost of import duties, CDN sales taxes, and handling fees by DHL were only a total of $28.15 USD. I was expecting a lot more. :smile Everything was extremely...
Another in the R129-good too:
This topic is aimed at the growing number of members that have purchased MB Star diagnostic systems. Post 1996 OB2 models are fairly easy to read, however the early diagnostic system HHTWIN encompassed within the very latest Star system is more difficult to get grips with, so this is a trial...
W220 site has a very good thread too:
Hi Guys, Been thinking about this as a sticky for a while now as we all use IT these days and there are some very knowledgeable IT folk here. Feel free to post any Laptop, Tablet, Desktop, Hardware & Software Questions. Please avoid "SDS use problems" and "My Engine / ABS / Airmatic etc...
R230 Site has a thread on it too:
Have you found a Great Deal? This forum is created to share and find discounts, sales and other deals found online. (No Vendor or Personal Party postings allowed)
Problems have arise with multiplexers too
Nervous about buying Star diagnostics from China? Look...
Let us not to forget Carsoft 7.4 that some us old timers started with, and equally finicky, but it is really for just clearing codes, and is super cheaper than MB-Star, read all about as here is the Mother of all Carsoft 7.4 threads is on the R170 forum
OK I got my Carsoft 7.4 and adaptors0 (generic copy :o ) Came direct from manf in China ($173 US) I only have 38pin , NO OBD11. Installed software on laptop PC. Plugged into car, key in pos 2, allowed it to read all systems. Hmm, only reads ME system and reports error (codes I guess) all...
The one in the W210 forum is good too on Carsoft 7.4
Kajtek1 - I am moving this discussion to a new thread from here ... http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210-e-class/1501861-w210-aux-water-pump-used-new-5.html#post4610701 since the "W210 Aux Water Pump" sticky was getting off topic. Sorry, I'm the one that digressed. I and Texholdem provided the...
A pay as you go option with super simple hardware, and works with your modern phone and tablet, yet It may never offer the deep diagnostics the MB Star system would offer, but way simpler to use without all the Mambo Jumbo is this one:
Newest Autel BT dongle. Most affordable and portable scanner. Good coverage, very good shareable reports in PDF format. Included in price EOBD and one car line for a year. After that $19.99 a year. Software installation simple and easy. Very large download. Uses 3.65 GB of internal storage...
One can get it on Amazon too, and start clearing codes right away too....
Hope it helps you,