We often are asked the question on how the various “professional” level scan tools compare to each other. The tables and information below represent our opinion and our own data 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. 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 Noregons. 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.

Comparison Charts

  Snap On Ultra Pro Link JPRO Bosch ESI 3824 TEXA
Part # EEHD707004 263025 BOS3824 TEXA-TRUCK-LAPTOP
Retail Price $18,449.99 $3,703 $9,987 $6,695
Lifetime License Yes No No Yes
After 1st Year Fee Not Required $1,518/year $1,418/year Not Required
Repair Info Included No No Limited (3,000 Codes) Yes
Repair Info Cost $1,200/year $1,140/year $1,195/year Included
Repair Info Available Offline No No No Yes
Return Policy None None None 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Tech Support – Software & Connectivity Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tech Support – Help with commands & fix trucks No No No Yes
Off Highway Equipment Upgrade 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
Companion 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 $16,408 $9,085
  • Retail price from manufacturers website as of 3/28/2018.
  • All items are “kits” that include software, laptop, adapter, and cables.
  • Coverage score is how “complete” we feel the coverage is. This is the opinion of Diesel Laptops, and based on our real world testing. Complete details are available on our website.
  • Estimated 3-Year cost assumes you are purchasing the item, repair information, and all available updates for 3 years.

Comparison Charts

Engines

  Snap On Ultra Pro Link JPRO Bosch ESI 3824 TEXA
International Engines
2007-Current
Only covers 2007-2012
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17 Commands 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands (50+)
International Engines

2006 & Older

No commands listed
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Read Only Bosch/Jal-Test All Dealer Level Commands (50+)
PACCAR MX Engines 22 Commands

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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
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13 Commands 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands (300+)
Detroit Diesel Engines
2007-Current
9 Commands
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Also performs 30+ Parameter Changes
11 Commands
(Does not cover EPA 2017 & Newer)2015 Detroit Video
80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands (300+)

2016 Detroit Video
Changing Parameters Video

Detroit Diesel Engines
2006 & Older
21 Commands
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1 Command 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands Except VPOD Install2
Cummins Engines
2007-Current
20 Commands
Click for DetailsVideo of Tool vs OEM Software (Doesn’t read all codes)
13 Commands

2014 Cummins ISX Video

80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters (150+)

2016 Cummins CM2350 Video

Cummins Engines
2006 & Older
Read Only 1 Command 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters (50+)

2002 Cummins ISB Video

Isuzu Engines 16  Commands

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

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3 Commands Not Covered Dealer Level Commands

2012 Ford 6.7L Video

GM/Chevy 5 Commands

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3 Commands Not Covered All Dealer Level Commands & Parameters
Sprinter No Coverage 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
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13 Commands 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands
2010 Volvo VN
Hino Engines 2005 & Newer: 34 Commands

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2004 & Older: Read Only

Read Only 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands
2014 Hino J08E
Mitsubishi FUSO Trucks No Coverage No Coverage 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands
2013 FUSO 4P10
CAT Engines
Pre-ACERT
47 Commands
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Read Only 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands
2001 Ford w/CAT
CAT Engines
ACERT
2003-2009
9 Commands
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Read Only 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands
2005 CAT C15
MBE 900 & 4000 Engines 3 Commands
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Also performs 30+ Parameters Changes
Read Only 80% of Dealer Commands All Dealer Level Commands
2007 MBE4000
Dodge with Cummins Engines 3 Commands

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Read Only / Not Officially Supported Not Covered All Dealer Level Commands
2016 Dodge w/Cummins 6.7L Video

Transmissions

  Snap On Ultra Pro Link JPRO Bosch/Jal-Test TEXA
Allison Dealer Level

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Read Only 80% of Dealer Commands Dealer Level
Eaton Website Doesn’t State – Read Only?
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Read Only 80% of Dealer Commands Dealer Level
Volvo IShift No Coverage Read Only 80% of Dealer Commands Dealer Level
Mack mDrive No Coverage Read Only 80% of Dealer Commands Dealer Level

Transmissions

ABS

  Snap On Ultra Pro Link JPRO Bosch/Jal-Test TEXA
WABCO Dealer Level (40+ Commands)

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3 Commands Dealer Level Commands

 

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

 

Dealer Level Commands
2009 Bendix EBS
Haldex (Trailer) Coverage Unknown. Ready Only?
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Read Only Unknown Dealer Level Commands

Cab Controllers

  Snap On Ultra Pro Link JPRO Bosch/Jal-Test TEXA
International Cab Controllers Read Only Read Only Unknown Read Only
Freightliner Cab Controllers Read Only Read Only Unknown Includes over 100+ Dealer Commands

2017 Cab Video

Kenworth Cab Controllers Read Only Read Only Unknown 20+ Commands
Peterbilt Cab Controllers Read Only Read Only Unknown 20+ Commands
Volvo Cab Controllers Read Only Read Only Unknown Dealer Level – All ECUs
Mack Cab Controllers Read Only Read Only Unknown Dealer Level – All ECUs

Cab Controllers