Question: Pcmtuner or CG FC-200? Which one is better? Having to choose between pcm tuner and fc200, what would you recommend?
Obdii365.com here gathers customer feedback and facts.
First of all, check a table comparison:
|Software Language||English and Chinese||English, French, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Chinese|
|Dongle||USB Smart Dongle||No|
|Offline/online||Work offline, VR need online.||It should work online and with 12v power supply.|
|ECU Search||Search ecu by ecu number, car brand||Search ecu by bosch ecu number, car brand|
|Operation mode||Bench, boot and OBD mode||bench, boot and OBD mode|
|ECU types||Bosch, magneti marelli, continental or siemens||Bosch|
|Virtual reading||online access to VR files||No|
|Wiring diagram||Check wiring in PCMTuner, online update wiring diagram||Device shows you wiring diagram|
|Tuner account for dpf, egr, adblue off and remap||Yes||No|
|Read BMW ISN||No||Yes, read ISN, change ISN and change VIN|
|Checksum||Yes||can calculate checksum online as long as the subscription is active|
|Activation||Yes, provide S/N to activate and register with email||Yes, provide S/N to activate|
|License||67 modules in 1||Full license|
|Option solderless adapter||No||Yes, FC200 Optional adapter: No Need Disassembly Adapter for 6HP 8HP MSV90 N55 N20 B48 B58 B38 etc|
|Update & Subscription||PCMTuner free update online, No subscription, No annual fee, no monthly fee.
PCM-Flash no update
|1 Year Free update, subscription is $125/ year|
|ECU list||PCMTuner ECU List||FC200 ECU List|
PCMTuner vs FC200 in ECU capabilities
|Supports most of Bosch ECUs||Supports most of Bosch ECUs|
|Support all Japan hitachi , denso ecu||No|
|Support all Ford OBD||No|
|VAG Audi UDS OBD||No|
|Support DCT gearbox||No|
|Audi VAG Gearbox||Yes|
|Mitsubushi MH ECU||No|
|Cannot read ISN||Yes|
|Ford TCM DCT||No|
|Part of EDC16 EDC15||No|
|ALL GM CAR PROTOCOLS (NEED MPM plugin)||No|
|road scan (log engine and gearbox )||No|
|MG1 MD1 (new Fetrotech plugin)||MG1 Yes|
|Ford MG1 CAN||No|
|Clone ECU and TCU||Clone ECU and TCU|
|Chip tuning||Chip tuning|
|VR server and files||No|
|Ticket system for support||No|
|j2534 passthru work with multi diaginose tool||No|
|Toyota Ford Honda gearbox||No|
|OBD Bench Boot mode||Yes|
|Free damaos for tuner||No|
|No annual fee||Yes, need pay every year|
|Online support||Not sure|
|With wiring diagram||With wiring diagram|
|PCMtuner support most of the ecu and have multifucntion for use , and take care most of the car and ecu model ,also have more others extra function and vavules, PCMtuner team from Tuner team and North american, maybe more understand what you want||FC200 main work on most of the bosh ecu and have annual fee but it is very easy to use .
FC200 works good on BMW ISN.
- FC200 has more protocol
- FC200 can only do checksum fix online, checksum won’t work if the subscription expires.
- FC-200 works only on Bosch ECUs, So for Magneti Marelli, Continetial or siemens pcmtuner is better
- If you want to used for dpf,egr, adblue off and remap, PCMTuner is better
- FC200 only some BMW ECU can be done via OBD
- PCMTuner v1.21 cannot do BMW ECUs (EDC17xx etc)
In conclusion, depends on what is the main purpose of your buy. FC-200 could be useful for BMW ISN from Ecu or maybe for some Ecu cloning, but only some of them because most of MEDC17 needs adaption of OTP and password or immo transfer for successful cloning.
Better to have both, FC-200 has only bosh ecus but has more pin out diagram for every ECU it supports and more user friendly, pcmtuner supports variety of ecus including denso etc that will complement your work easily. They are quite cheap compared with flex, AT and so on.