Outstanding Contributor , SDS Guru
1998 MB E300TD, 1997 MB E36 AMG, 2001 MB E55 AMG
ACKCHYUALLY......it's $36k before tax, and that's just the laptop + hardware. You have to pony up another few grand (about $15k or so) for a server that's going to be on site -- that server is going to connect to the Xentry Diagnosis Pad and VCI (their name for the laptop and hardware connecting to car, respectively) and push updates during slow times. That server is going to be the one that stores and pushes all the relevant files necessary for programming or whatnot to individual Pad, etc.MB is currently charging over $18,000 USD for their set-up
MB really, REALLY went out of their way to make their newest system "hack" proof -- I say in quotes because by hack, I mean cloning. They don't want the chinese to be able to clone it.
While high end scanners like Snap-on, Autel, Autologic or whathaveyou do have all the same protocol as the official MB software, and can access all the same sensors as the SDS....the conversion is not exact and they do sometimes report odd codes or odd values. I've read codes with my $3000 autel scanner, and then read the same exact code on the SDS and the message changed between the two. Pretty rare, but it does happen.
Sorry mate, I'm really bored today and want to be pedantic.