Genisys Scan Tool Updates or New Genisys Scan Tool with 4.0?January 16, 2010 11:20 am Auto Scan Tool, OTC Tool Blog
Genisys scan tools have came down in price considerably over the last few years. Auto tech’s that own an older Genisys, MAC Mentor or Matco Determinator are bound to be faced with a decision to either update their scan tool or consider updating it. I recently had a couple of questions concerning Genisys scan tools, updates and cables – I thought I would use this forum to share them.
Question:I have an older MAC Mentor (system version 1.07 with the older black power button) and I’m looking to update. It currently has 2001 pathfinder loaded on the internal software and the expandable memory port is unoccupied. I’m wondering if I can update to a minimal of version 3.0 with up to 2008 Domestic/Asian and abs, or if it’s even worth it (or possible). I like the scanner and it’s reliable however your item OTC369609SYS40 is a great deal. What would you recommend? Thanks in advance – Paul T.
Answer: Scan tools are lot like personal computers, usually after several years it makes more sense to compare purchasing a new one instead of paying to upgrade an older model. The cost of upgrading your MAC Mentor would lead me to the decision to purchase a new Genisys, here’s why. With your old scan tool which has a slower processor (indicated by the black button) cannot be upgraded, you would want a new operating system, Smart cable, Domestic and Asian software… maybe a replacement battery… charger…? Both the 3696 and the 3696 (with 4.0 coupon) are great deals. They include the Smart Cable which eliminates the need to use Smart Inserts. These are new units, NOT refurbished and come with a full manufacturer warranty. Either one you decide to go with offer great value. We offer free shipping, no sales tax outside Florida and a discount coupon DLTSAVE3 for 3% off at checkout (for purchases over $1,000). Oh, you could also see about selling your old scan tool on Craigslist and get few bucks out of it that you could apply towards your new purchase.
Question: I want to purchase a scan tool that has the capability of accessing older OBD I vehicles and OBD II cars as well. I have some customers that have older vehicles so I need to be able to scan their cars. Some of my other clientele have newer cars with OBD 2 – I need to be able to check ABS and airbag codes.
Answer: The Genisys Scan tool considering it’s wide range of capability is one of the best scanners for the money. Any of the Genisys scan tools are capable of scanning older cars (prior to 1996) as long as you have the OBD I cables – OTC-3421-70. The OBD 1 cables are not included with every Genisys scan tool, so you do have to check the product description. Also don’t rely solely on the image for the product because sometimes stock photos are used. The OTC 3484 DOES have OBDI cables included. It is a factory rebuilt unit that is priced at a bargain basement price.
Rebuilt by OTC Tools SPX Corporation – Classic Genisys scan tool with software updates.
System 3.0 Software operating system (4.0 not included).
OBD II Smart Cable which is over a $200 value by itself.
USA 2008 Domestic, USA 2008 Asian, 2006 InfoTech, ABS / Airbag 2008
Includes 2009 Asian/Domestic update coupon and Domestic OBD I cables OTC 3421-70
Reconditioned Genisys with new battery, charger deluxe carrying case and 90 day warranty. Free shipping and no sales tax outside Florida – while supplies last.