Autel IM608 vs Maxisys Elite: IM608 much better?

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Do you know what is the difference comparing diagnostic abilities between Autel IM608 and Maxisys Elite?

Can you flash ecms with the IM608 and do programming like with the Maxisys?

The Maxisys Elite is lacking key programming but what about the IM608? It has the same diagnostic abilities?



First let’s check hardware and software comparison charts:


Item MaxiIM IM608 MaxiSys Elite
Operating system Android 4.4.4, KitKat Android 4.4.4, KitKat
Processor Samsung Exynos hex-core Processor
(1.3GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 + 1.7GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A15)
NVIDIA Tegra 4 (4-PLUS-1 Quad-core Processor)
1.8GHz with ARM Cortex- -A15 CPU
Memory 2GB + 64GB 2GB + 32GB
Display 10.1 inch LCD capacitive touch screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution 9.7 inch LCD capacitive touch screen with 2048 x 1538 resolution
Connectivity WiFi
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
RJ45 Ethernet Connection
Camera Read:8.0 Megapixel, AF with Flashlight Read:8.0 Megapixel, Autofocus with Flashlight
Front: 2.0 Megapixel
Power & Battery 15000 mAh 3.8V lithium-polymer battery 15400 mAh 3.7V lithium-polymer battery
Weight 1.42 kg 1.59 kg
Charging Dock Station No Yes
Full set of OBDI adapters No Yes
J2534 Pass Thru Yes Yes
XP400 Key Programmer Yes No


Item MaxiIM IM608 MaxiSys Elite
Programming Key programming only, does not do BMW and Benz online ECU programming. Elite does Benz and BMW online ECU programming
IMMO Keys Comes with XP400, Advanced key programming: All keys lost, add key, change key etc No key programming, anti-theft matching can disable the lost key and add the new key’s information to program to ensure the security of your vehicle
Diagnostic Service Advanced full system diagnostic
(for 80+ US, Asian and European makes and models)
Read codes
Erase codes
Live data
ECU information
I/M readiness
Complete OBD diagnostics
Advanced full system diagnostic
(for 80+ US, Asian and European makes and models)
Read codes
Erase codes
Live data
ECU information
I/M readiness
Complete OBD diagnostics
20 + Special Service Oil reset, EPB, TPMS, BMS, Auto bleeding, DPF, airbag reset, injector coding, SAS, suspension, throttle reset, Win DR roof, Seat, odometer, Lang change, headlamp, CHG tire size, TEC learn, Cylinder, Turbocharging, Trans adaption Oil reset, EPB, TPMS, BMS, Auto bleeding, DPF, airbag reset, injector coding, SAS, suspension, throttle reset, Win DR roof, Seat, odometer, Lang change, headlamp, CHG tire size, TEC learn, Cylinder, Turbocharging, Trans adaption
Update Service 1 Year Free Update 2 Years Free Update
  1. Here is what IM608 owners think of.. All true!!
  1. IM608 & Maxisys Elite reviews


Matthew Skundrich:

Elite does Mercedes and bmw programming
Im608 does keys. Not the programming
Other than that it’s the same diagnostic software



Ubak Richard:

Im608 is far better than maxisys in ten’s of multiple programming but if u are doing online for only BMW and Mercedes maxisys




  1. IM608 & Maxisys Elite test report


IM608 test report:


  1. Autel IM608 BMW:



BMW FEM system Add Key complete




I have this tool since may. it is getting better and better , support is quick. error logs they always reply and send beta version to fix the issues. it is very good tool for bmw as well done few cas2 and 3 keys, I have downgrades 3 cas+ as well without any issues.


  1. Autel IM608 Mercedes:

ML320 CDI 2007:

Add Key Mercedes ML320 CDI 2007


E220 2010:

W212 Mercedes E220 and 2010 akl can be done by OBD

Mercedes E220:

All lost keys

New key works


Not at vvdi mb level, but not much is!


  1. Autel MaxiIM IM608 VAG:

Golf MK5 2005:

AKL – add key OK – 2min


Scirocco 2011:

add key OK – 2min40sec


Golf V 2007:

AKL without remove dashboard


Tiguan 2013, Scirocco:

No need internet to work on cars but each day when you power it up it need connection for the first time. Presumably checking for updates etc

Done Tiguan 2013, Scirocco and few others VAGs. Works fine on them.


Audi a3 2010:

add key OK


Vw t5 2008:

add key OK


Skoda yeti 2014:

add key OK


Golf MK5 2005:

Added keys on Golf MK5 2005 AKL


Scirocco 2011:

add key OK… really fast!!!



VAG key programming:

pretty good and fast, an alternative to vvdi2, however vvdi2 is a proven product so I would stick with my xhorse tool


IM608 on others:

2014 Seat Ibiza:

First job done with IM608 2014 Seat Ibiza, 2 keys added.


Volvo XC60

program key for Volvo XC60 successfully.

How-to’s i followed:


Sprinter 2006:

add key OK


Honda Civic 2006:

fast added keys

55s done



Works Great on adding keys,

all keys lost,

G key


Personal experience:

Asian brands: Good programming and diagnostic functions, certainly a strong point.

US brands: Good all round coverage, and looks like it will continue to develop.

Europe brands: Can do basic diagnostic (nothing special) and has poor key programming.

Eeprom functions: Still lots of development to do.


Autel Maxisys Elite test report:


Toyota Sienna:

2011 Toyota Sienna had the TPMS check light on for the longest time. Toyota dealer wanted $135 to diagnose it and ball parked $150 to fix it. Of course at $285, I could buy this tool and a sensor. So I did. Turns out one of the sensor was dead. Used the TS501 to read all four sensor IDs from the OBD then found the culprit sensor ID by process of elimination. Cloned the ID into a new Autel MX sensor and swapped it out with the old one. After driving the car for 20 min, the ECM recognized that there was an active sensor with the same ID, check light went OFF. Checked that there was no other DTC with another OBD tool, then cleared the old TPMS error code from the ECM using the TS501.


Toyota 4Runner:

I was having trouble with one of my sensors on my 06′ 4Runner and decided it was time to get it looked AT but wasn’t able to just drop it off at my local Firestone. Ordered the TS501K with included sensors after reading the reviews. I ordered this because of the included sensors that came in the package. It’s ready to go right out if the box and stores your vehicle in its memory, which came in handy because the first time I tried it kept duplicating 1 of the 5 sensors in the tires. It was a little frustrating at first so I let it go for a few days. Gave it another shot and went through the prompts and bingo. All sensors programmed. Relearning to the CPU was simple and the best part… No more blinking light. Great product! Easy to use.


Mercedes & BMW:

In order to perform the stated coding and programming abilities on BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, you must have a valid and current service subscription through Autel.



I have hooked this product up to everything from an ’05 Subaru STI to a 2013 Hyundai Genesis coupe. Links up great with no issues whatsoever. VERY happy with this purchase and would purchase it again in a heartbeat. I’m a die-hard PC-scanner based supporter. However, I wanted something relatively cheap that has similar capabilities but doesn’t require a laptop. This fit the bill perfectly.


A lotttt:

I tested it on a lot of vehicles of my family and neighbors, such as 2008 Ford F-150, 2011 Honda Civic, 2013 Honda Accord, 2015 Nissan Altima, and etc. Not only I but my wife uses it on a daily basis for reading DTCs, turning off SEL, and testing the vehicle emissions for a state program.



  1. IM608 & Maxisys Elite website


MaxiIM IM608 for sale:

MaxiIM IM608 is the most advanced and the unique all in one key programming and diagnostic tool that combines advanced key programming, all systems diagnostics, and advanced services in one Android based 10.1-inch touchscreen tablet. It is equipped with XP400 key programmer and …



MaxiSys Elite for sale:

The MaxiSys Elite, the newest addition to the MaxiSys line of highly advanced smart diagnostic tools, is based on the fast and intuitive Android operating system. … The MaxiSys Elite rapidly performs every job from comprehensive vehicle diagnostics & analysis to advanced ECU …




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