Advice and tips when purchasing MB Star Diagnostic tool?

Drey27

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Are there reputable places to buy an MB Star? I have seen a lot of non-genuine ones in ebay, but I have read review that they tend to go wrong after awhile. How much should I be looking to pay for a new or used genuine one, and are there particular things I should look into before buying i.e. database version, update etc?

tips and advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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New genuine is around £8k + possible annual costs IIRC (Alfie can confirm)

Used genuine - lucky if you can find one!

Clones are the only viable option for home mechanic. It can be a bit of pot luck but mine has lasted the 3+ years since I bought it
 
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Drey27

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Hi bob6600

I knew it was expensive but I didn't imagine it to be that expensive =O.

Are there any alternative diagnostic tool that can offer the same level of capability as an MB Star? I am currently looking at Autel Maxidas DS708 in particular, I am wondering if any enthusiast here are using something similar?

Thanks so much for your time.
 

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Nothing offers the same level although the carsoft is rated highly here. Snap On and Launch are also good but they will be expensive.

Is it for personal use? After a few diag sessions, STAR will pay for itself (clone that is)

AliExpress is the place to buy from, they have buyer protection a bit like eBay, check the reviews of the seller first

Cannot post links here for these types of products
 

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Please do not discuss knock-off versions on here BTW :)
 

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