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Autel IMMO Tool IM508 VS IM608(Pro), Which Option is right for you?

Autel IMMO Tool IM508 VS IM608(Pro), Which Option is right for you?

To meet the growing anti-theft demand in the market, Autel has developed the IMMO series based on the diagnostic series, which can perform not only advanced IMMO functions(Add New Key & All Keys Lost) and key programming but also professional diagnostic functions. This article will tell you the difference between Autel IM508 and Autel IM608(Pro) and how to choose the right Autel IMMO tool.

Before the comparison, let's first get to know Autel’s IMMO series products and accessories.

IMMO Tool & Accessory

The upgraded version XP400 Pro replaces the old XP400. The model IM608 Pro is combination of IM608 tablet and XP400 Pro key programming tool.

At present, IMMO tablets sold in Europe have IM508 and IM608, providing two default combinations: IM508+XP200 and IM608+XP400 (XP200/XP400 included). The accessories can be purchase separately, including: XP400 Pro key programming tool, APB112 key simulator tool, G-BOX 2, IMKPA Adapter kit. (see more details on Buying Guide)

Autel MaxiIM IM508 VS Autel MaxiIM IM608 Pro

We have to know, whether it is ‘Add A New Key’ or ‘All Key Lost’ function, it is a process with the same principle: read key data, copy it to a new blank key, reset IMMO data in ECU(key relearn). The premise of all is to read IMMO related data, if it fails, nothing works. And its difficult level depends on your car. The relation is, that the more advanced the anti-theft system of a car, the more difficult it is to read anti-theft data, and the higher the requirements for anti-theft tools.

The current trend is that European cars have the highest anti-theft level, Asian cars the lowest, and American cars in between. That’s where the Autel MaxiIM series comes in. Autel IMMO tablets determine the diagnostic level and hardware parameters, while different accessories determine the IMMO and Key Programming levels. Different combinations meet different needs. (see more details on Buying Guide)

The comparison of IM508 and IM608 Pro is as follows:

  1. IMMO & Key programming

The common car models and anti-theft functions on the market are included in the following comparison chart. From the table, we can see that IM608 Pro (IM608+XP400Pro) is significantly better than IM508 (IM508+XP200) in IMMO and key programming functions, capable of performing more high-end repair functions, and compatible with more car models with advanced IMMO systems. For Autel IM508, some functions of some Benz, BMW, Volvo, Jaguar and VW models require more additional accessories to work.

Model IM508 IM608 Pro
EEPROM Read/Write Basic Advanced
MCU Read/Write Basic Advanced
Immobilizer Read/Write Standard Functions Advanced
Engine Read/Write Standard Functions Advanced
Mercedes Infrared Key Read/Write Need XP400 Pro Standard Functions
Remote Frequency Detection Need XP400 Pro Standard Functions
Smart Mode(Guided and Automated Key Learning Function) Standard Functions Standard Functions
Auto Detect Make/Model/Year/System Standard Functions Standard Functions
Read PIN(Add Key/All Key Lost) Standard Functions Standard Functions
Key Generation/Key Learning/Remote Learning Standard Functions Standard Functions
IMMO ECU Reset/Adaption Standard Functions Standard Functions
IMMO ECU Refresh/Coding Standard Functions Standard Functions
Backup/Restore IMMO Data Standard Functions Standard Functions
BENZ 3rd Generation IMMO Add Key, All Key Lost via OBD Need XP400 Pro Standard Functions
Read/Write/Erase Benz ESL_W209 / W906 Data Need XP400 Pro and IMKPA Need IMKPA
Benz OE NEC Key Learning Need XP400 Pro and IMKPA Need IMKPA
Volkswagen MQB Key Learning via OBD Standard Functions Standard Functions
Volkswagen/Audi 4th Generation IMMO Key Learning Standard Functions Standard Functions
Volkswagen/Audi 5th Generation IMMO Key Learning Standard Functions Standard Functions
BMW FEM/BDC Key Learning and Adaption Standard Functions Standard Functions
BMW CAS4/3/2/1 Key Learning Standard Functions Standard Functions
BMW EWS3 Key Learning Need XP400 Pro and IMKPA Need IMKPA
2015-2019 Jaguar Land Rover Write Key via Dump Need XP400 Pro Standard Functions
Volvo Smart Key/Fobik Smart Key Learning Need XP400 Pro Standard Functions
Volkswagen/AUDI/BMW Key Unlock Need XP400 Pro and IMKPA Need IMKPA
  1. OE-Level Diagnostic

The IMMO tablet IM508 or IM608 themselves determine the diagnostic level, which has nothing to do with other IMMO accessories. IM508 has the same diagnostic capability as the entry-level scanners Autel MK808/MX808, and can read codes, clear codes, view live data, perform 25+ versatile reset services such as Oil reset, SRS, BMS, DPF, EPB, etc. By contrast, IM608, a similar level to the advanced scanners Autel MK908, in addition to the functions supported by IM508, also covers more car models and advanced functions, including ECU Coding, Bi-Directional Control (Active Test), Refresh Hidden Features, Guided Function, etc.

Model IM508 IM608 Pro
OE-Level Diagnostics
All Systems for Over 80 Makes Standard Functions Standard Functions
Active Test Standard Functions Standard Functions
ECU Coding / Standard Functions
Complete Service Functions Basic Advanced
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 5000 mAh 15000 mAh
Internet Updatable Wi-Fi Wi-Fi
Multilingual Support Standard Functions Standard Functions
Limited One Year Warranty Standard Functions Standard Functions
Touchscreen 7-inch 10.1-inch
Memory 64GB 64GB
Processor Quad-core Hexa-core
Camera / 8.0 Megapixel
Resolution 1024x600 1920x1200

Buying Guide

If you are just looking for an IMMO tool and don't have high diagnostic requirements, you can choose the tablet IM508 first, and then choose from the following combinations according to your IMMO needs and vehicle models:

  • When to choose Autel MaxiIM IM508+XP200?

    If there is many cars with lower anti-theft system in your garage, such as Japanese cars Toyota, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Honda, etc, it is definitely the most economical choice for car DIYers and professional technicians. But it is not good at dealing with the key programming issues of high-end European cars, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, etc.

    autel maxiim im508+xp200

    >>Autel IM508 +XP200

  • When to choose Autel MaxiIM IM508 +XP400 Pro?

    Perfect combination for those who want to do key programming for Mercedes-Benz and BMW. It means, you don’t have to pay £2800+ for a more advanced tablet but can enjoy the same IMMO and key programming functions as the top scanner Autel IM608 Pro. When connected to XP400 Pro, IM508 can extend its capability to support IMMO functions for BMW CAS4 Key Learning and Key Programming functions like IMMO ECU Read & Write, MC9S12 Encryption Chip Read & Write, IC Card Read & Write, for Mercedes Infrared Key Read & Write, Remote Frequency Detect,2015-2019 Jaguar Land Rover Write Key via Dump.

    autel maxiim im508+xp400 pro

    >>Autel IM508 +XP400 Pro

  • When to choose Autel MaxiIM IM508 +XP400 Pro + G-BOX 2 + APB112 + IMKPA?

    If you're experienced car DIY enthusiasts or professional technicians who work in the anti-theft repair shop, these accessories will help you do more with less and win more business. APB112 and G-BOX2 can help you reduce the waiting time for Mercedes-Benz to perform All-Keys-Lost function, from 100 minutes to about 10 minutes. Key programming adapter kit IMKPA provides 12 adapters for the XP400Pro that enable Read/Write/Erase, helping IM508 extend more functions, such as read/write/erase for Benz ESL_W209 / W906 Data, key learning for Benz OE NEC and BMW EWS3, key unlock for Volkswagen/AUDI/BMW/Benz, etc.

    autel maxiim im508+xp400 pro+apb112+g-box 2+imkpa

    >>Autel IM508 +XP400 Pro + G-BOX 2 + APB112 + IMKPA

If you need to do high-end repairs or customize your car, Autel IM608 tablet is a good choice for you. It has dealership-level diagnostic capability as Autel MK908 and performs 10+ advanced functions like ECU Coding, bi-directional control(Active Test), guided function, customization, adaptation, etc. There are several combinations for you to choose from:

  • When to choose Autel MaxiIM IM608+XP400?

    Autel MaxiIM IM608+XP400 can cover the vast majority of car models except for post-2010 Mercedes -Benz and BMW models, meeting their IMMO related needs. If you don’t have to deal with the newer models of Benz and BWM, IM608+XP400 is suitable for you.

    autel maxiim im608+xp400

    >>Autel IM608+XP400

  • When to choose Autel MaxiIM IM608+XP400 Pro(IM608 Pro)?

    Compared with XP400, the enhanced XP400 Pro key programmer can realize more special functions for special vehicles, extending its capability to support IMMO functions, such as BENZ 3rd Generation IMMO Add Key/All Key Lost via OBD, Volvo Smart Key/Fobik Smart Key Learning, 2015-2019 Jaguar Land Rover Write Key via Dump, etc, and Key Programming functions, such as Remote Frequency Detection, for Mercedes Infrared Key Read/Write, etc. If you want to do some IMMO-related repairs for special vehicles like Benz, BWM, Jaguar, Volvo, etc, Autel MaxiIM IM608+XP400 Pro is worth a try.

    autel maxiim im608+xp400 pro

    >>Autel IM608+XP400 Pro

  • When to choose Autel MaxiIM IM608 + XP400 Pro + G-BOX 2 + APB112 + IMKPA?

    When you choose this combination, you will have a set of perfect IMMO equipment with the best IMMO and Key Programming functions on the market. It can match 95% of vehicles and work with G-BOX 2 and APB112 to reduce the operation time by more than 85%, greatly improving your work efficiency and helping you win more business. Best choice for mid-to-high end repair shops and OE-key factories.

    autel im608+xp400 pro+apb112+ g-box 2 +imkpa

    >>Autel IM608+XP400 Pro+APB112+IMKPA+G-box 2

Summary: Don't pay for features you don't need, choose the tool that works best for you is the best tool. Through the comparison table in the article and the recommendations based on different job requirements, you may be able to determine how to choose.

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