PCMTuner vs CG FC200 Which is Better?

Question:  Pcmtuner or CG FC-200? Which one is better? Having to choose between pcm tuner and fc200, what would you recommend?

Fc200 And Pcmtuner

Obdii365.com here gathers customer feedback and facts.

First of all, check a table comparison:

Item PCMTuner

Pcmtuner Main Unti

CG FC200

Fc200

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 update by new dongle

1 Year Free update, subscription is $125/ year
ECU list PCMTuner ECU List FC200 ECU List
Price US$499 US$638

 

PCMTuner vs FC200 in ECU capabilities

PCMTuner CG FC200
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
Simos 8.1-8.6 No
Audi VAG Gearbox Yes
PCR 2.1 No
Mitsubushi MH ECU No
Cannot read ISN Yes
Denso SH705XX No
SIDXXX ECU No
Ford TCM DCT No
SIM2KXXX No
PGM-FI ECU No
Toyota 76FXXX No
Part of EDC16 EDC15 No
MEDC17 MEDC17
EDC17 EDC17
ALL GM CAR PROTOCOLS (NEED MPM pluin) No
road scan (log engine and gearbox ) No
MG1 MD1 (IN TESTING , DON’T RELASE YET) MG1 Yes
Ford PWM No
Ford MG1 CAN No
EMSXXX ECU No
ME9.0 No
Clone ECU and TCU Clone ECU and TCU
Chip tuning Chip tuning
VR server and files No
Tuner account No
Ticket system for support No
Online update Yes,
Checksum Yes
Read DTC 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.

 

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Summary:

  • 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. If the main purpose is Chip tuning, PCMTuner is a better buy because it can calculate checksums and it is cheaper.

Related reading:

CG FC-200 Pros and Cons

PCMTuner Download, Activation, ECU list, FAQs

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