• Professional Level Truck Diagnostic Scan Tool Comparison

    We often are asked the question of how the various “professional” level scan tools compare to each other. The tables and information below represent our opinion and our own text on the 4 major players in the heavy-duty truck diagnostic market.

    SNAP-ON ULTRA PRO LINK

    Previously this made by Nexiq Technologies and sold as the IQ System. Nexiq was acquired by Snap-On, and they sold the “blue” one under Nexiq and the “red” one under Snap-On. Their model is such that you purchase the “base” unit first, which includes the hardware and some generic software. This is priced generally around $2,500. You then must purchase the licenses for each OEM that you wish to receive dealer level functionality on. The list price for purchasing all the modules with the hardware comes in at around $18,500, and updates run several thousands of dollars per year on top of that.

    JPRO

    Created by Noregon, the JPRO software is a clean, easy to use diagnostic program that started added dealer level commands several years back. They mainly cover the common commands and parameter adjustments that are asked for, such as DPF regens and injector cut-out test. The entire list of commands can be found on our website, along with Noregon's. This tool is typically a great fit for a shop or fleet that wants to do all the common commands and functionalities that are commonly used.

    BOSCH ESI 3824

    In our opinion, this is not a good tool. Bosch doesn’t do the development of this tool, as they license it from another company. It is advertised as “dealer level” but is missing quite a few commands. Couple that with required annual fees, and additional pricing to obtain repair information, it really becomes a poor option in the marketplace. However, we still do sell it to customers that really want it.

    TEXA IDC5

    The software, IDC5, is made by TEXA. Currently, this is our preferred solution for clients looking to get as close to OEM level as possible. It performs as close to dealer level, which also NOT having the required annual fees. The version of TEXA you receive from Diesel Laptops also includes wiring diagrams, repair information, labor time guide, parts cross reference, iOS, and Android apps, and a ton more.

    Pricing and Features

    Part #
    EEHD707004
    26035
    BOS3824
    TEXA-TRUCK-LAPTOP
    Retail Price
    $18,449
    $3,703
    $8,233
    $7,995
    Lifetime License
    Yes
    No
    No
    Yes
    Fee After 1st Year
    Not Required
    $1,518/year
    $1,418/year
    Not Required
    Repair Info Included
    No
    No
    Limted (3,000 codes)
    Yes
    Repair Info Cost
    $1,200/year
    $1,140/year
    $1,195/year
    Included
    Repair Info Available Online
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Return Policy
    None
    None
    None
    30-day Money Back Guarantee
    Tech Support for Software & Connectivity
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Tech Support Help with Commands and Fixing Trucks
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Off-Highway Equipment Updgrade Available
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Coverage Score
    7
    5
    8.5
    9.5
    Featured Listing on FleetPal.io
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Diesel Defense
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    iOS & Android Apps
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Remote Diagnostic Tools Available
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Includes Free Training on Software via Internet
    No
    Yes
    No
    Yes
    Includes Free Classroom Training Experiences
    No
    No
    No
    Yes
    Estimated 3 Year Cost
    $29,550
    $10,159
    $14,877
    $10,385*

    *Note: Total 3 Year Cost of TEXA Dealer Level Truck Diagnostic Tool includes two years of TEXA Truck Support - Level 3 (Premium)

    Engine Coverage

    SNAP ON ULTRA PRO LINK
    JPRO
    BOSCH ESI 3824
    TEXA
    International Engines
    2007 - Current
    Only covers 2007 - 2012

    Click for Details
    17 Commands
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands (50+)
    International Engines
    2006 & Older
    No commands listed
    Read Only
    Bosch/Jaltest
    All Dealer Level Commands (50+)
    PACCAR MX Engines
    22 Commands

    Click for Details
    4 Commands
    (Does not cover EPA 2017 & Newer)
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands (75+) Except Parameter Changes on 2010-121

    2017 MX Video
    Mack Engines 2006 & Older
    Read Only
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands (200+)
    Mack Engines 2007-Current
    26 Commands

    Click for Details
    13 Commands
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands (300+)
    Detroit Diesel Engines 2007-Current
    9 Commands

    Click for Details

    Also Performs 30+ Parameter Changes
    11 Commands (Doese Not Cover EPA 2017 & Newer)

    Detroit Video
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands (300+)

    2016 Detroit Video

    Changing Parameters Video
    Detroit Diesel Engines 2006 & Older
    21 Commands

    Click for Details
    1 Command
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands Except VPOD Install 2
    Cummins Engines 2007-Current
    20 Commands

    Tool vs OEM Video
    80% of Dealer Level Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters (150+)

    2016 Cummins CM2350 Video
    Isuzu Engines
    16 Commands

    Click for Details
    2 Commands
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters (100+)
    Ford Engines
    6 Commands

    Click for Details
    3 Commands
    Not Covered
    Dealer Level Commands

    2012 Ford 6.7L Video
    GM/Chevy
    5 Commands
    3 Commands
    Not Covered
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters
    Sprinter
    Not Covered
    12 Commands
    Not Covered
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters
    Volvo Engines 2006 & Older
    Read Only
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters
    Volvo Engines 2007 - Current
    26 Commands
    13 Commands
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters

    2010 Volvo VN Video
    Hino Engines
    2005 & Newer: 34 Commands

    2004 & Older: Read Only
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters
    Mitsubishi FUSO Trucks
    Not Covered
    Not Covered
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters

    2013 FUSO 4P10 Video
    CAT Engines Pre-ACERT
    47 Commands
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters

    2001 For w/CAT Video
    CAT Engines ACERT 2003 - 2009
    9 Commands
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters

    2005 CAT C15 Video
    MBE 900 & 4000 Engines
    3 Commands

    Also Performs 30+ Parameter Changes
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters

    2007 MBE4000 Video
    Dodge with Cummins Engines
    3 Commands
    Read Only - Not Officially Supported
    Not Covered
    All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters

    2016 Dodge w/Cummins 6.7L Video

    Transmission Coverage

    SNAP ON ULTRA PRO LINK
    JPRO
    BOSCH ESI 3824
    TEXA
    Allison
    Dealer Level
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands
    Eaton
    Read Only
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands
    Mack mDrive
    Not Covered
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands
    Volvo IShift
    Not Covered
    Read Only
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands

    ABS Coverage

    SNAP ON ULTRA PRO LINK
    JPRO
    BOSCH ESI 3824
    TEXA
    WABCO
    Dealer Level (40+ Commands)
    3 Commands
    80% of Dealer Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands

    2007 WABCO ABS Video
    Bendix
    Dealer Level (19 Commands)
    3 Commands
    Dealer Level Commands
    All Dealer Level Commands

    2009 Bendix EBS Video
    Haldex Trailer
    Unknown
    Read Only
    Unknown
    All Dealer Level Commands

    Cab Controller Coverage

    SNAP ON ULTRA PRO LINK
    JPRO
    BOSCH ESI 3824
    TEXA
    International
    Read Only
    Read Only
    Unknown
    Read Only
    Freightliner
    Read Only
    Read Only
    Unknown
    100+ Dealer Level Commands

    2017 Cab Video
    Kenworth
    Read Only
    Read Only
    Unknown
    20+ Commands
    Peterbilt
    Read Only
    Read Only
    Unknown
    20+ Commands
    Volvo
    Read Only
    Read Only
    Unknown
    All Dealer Level Commands
    Mack
    Read Only
    Read Only
    Unknown
    All Dealer Level Commands
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    Tyler Robertson

    Tyler Robertson is the Founder, Owner, and President of www.DieselLaptops.com. Started in 2010, DieselLaptops.com has become the premiere source of diesel diagnostic equipment for commercial trucks, off-highway equipment, marine, motorcycle, automobile, agriculture, and more.

    Comments

    Roger D. Brown Jr. - June 10, 2021

    Sounds amazing I’m an individual small business owner in a small community. This tool would be a great tool, but these Mennonite and Omish business owners and farmers would never pay enough for me to be able to make it pay for itself in 10 years even. Let alone the 3 year cost after purchase. I have to figure out a way to make these trucks, tractors and combines to work. When they won’t they will not pay to get them read and repaired they just trade them in.

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