Genisys Scan Tool Updates or New Genisys Scan Tool with 4.0?

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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.

24 Responses
  1. Jimbob :

    Date: April 23, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    Give me a qoute for the above listed package via email.

  2. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: April 23, 2010 @ 1:04 pm


    Thanks for the inquiry. We have them in stock (April 23, 2010) and will email the UPS tracking link as soon as it ships. Free shipping and no sales tax charged outside the state of Florida. See the following link

    OTC Genisys Scan Tool

    Also use the coupon code I emailed you for extra savings.
    You can call to order if you prefer.

    Have a great weekend,

  3. thomas :

    Date: July 5, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    i bought a mac mentor for $500 it in good shape but i need to upgrade it so i can use it with the newer car here in winnipeg canada and asia car in the philippines.if there any update in the internet? or i have to buy a cd to update my mac mentor? thank you and more power.

  4. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: July 5, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

    Thomas, we sell updates for USA emission vehicles. You may want to check with OTC directly to see which updates you will need outside the USA.

  5. Dallas Hazard :

    Date: April 20, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    Are the rebuilt OTC units still available. If so could you tell me where I can get pricing info. Thanks


  6. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: April 20, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Dallas, yes at the moment we have ten available. They are $1148.85 – click the following link to see the product listing.

    Genisys Scan Tool – Reconditioned

  7. John Duquette :

    Date: April 27, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    can someone give me a price on the updates for the genisys scan tool 4.0

  8. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: April 27, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    John, thanks for asking. Click on one of the following. The first one is an Asian and Domestic for 2010 if you already have 4.0.

    Genisys Domestic and Asian Software Update

    The next link takes you to a bundle that has the 4.0 Operating system (and memory card) w/free European update coupon.

    Genisys Domestic, Asian, 4.0 and European Coupon – Software Bundle Kit

  9. brian :

    Date: June 22, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    I have the Mac Mentor scan tool it currently has the 3.0 version on it and was wondering if the (genisys domestic, asian, 4.0 and european coupon-software bundle kit) is what I need to purchase to update what I have

  10. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: June 22, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Brian, yes the bundle kit linked in one of the previous comments would be what you need to update your scan tool. It is always best to make sure when it comes to software, because there are no returns (for software related products). For other readers, with OTC scan tools that need a quick answer on application, heres the phone number to OTC Technical support.

    OTC Technical Support
    Phone 800-533-6127

    Chances are if we have the product you need we will be less expensive than OTC directly.

  11. qaed :

    Date: November 8, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    can i use the ngis software and cd smart card with latist software 4.0 from any other genisys evo that conten 4.0 softwar to update my mac mentor scan tool.thanks

  12. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: November 8, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    I’m sure OTC has something in place to prevent sharing software between scan tools.

  13. qaed :

    Date: November 9, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    dear:dennisb. if i do this are any damage happen .I’m assist by doing that so we don’t have dealer or distributor inside Iraq where we live. Thanks

  14. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: November 9, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    Qaed, I’m not sure exactly what you are asking, but we don’t sell software updates for outside the USA. You may want to contact to get the correct software for your region. Technical Support
    Phone 800-533-6127

    Good Luck.

  15. Mark :

    Date: February 21, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    We have this scanner & were looking up how to reset steering angle sensor with the yaw to calibrate them. We found the datastream but we dont know how to use the scanner to recallibrate.

  16. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: February 21, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Mark, most likely a repair manual will be needed. Too bad it’s not as simple as pointing the wheels straight and locking the sensor down on zero. Good Luck.

  17. Seb :

    Date: March 23, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    I would like to know what is better, launch scanner x431Gds or otc genisys evo 5.0

  18. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: March 23, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    Seb, that is something that individuals have to decide for themselves. I my opinion for the money, the Genisys EVO is the best value. Good Luck.

  19. jeff :

    Date: April 10, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    I have an older mac mentor with the black power button and a lab scope. I am thinking of purchasing a new unit, seems like a good deal. Unfortunately, I lost my smart card for the scope do you have the card available that will work with the old scope and new unit. thanks

  20. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: April 10, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Jeff, unfortunately you may need to check with for that. Good Luck.

  21. Ron :

    Date: January 14, 2015 @ 7:33 am

    I have an older 3.0 Genisys, needing to be upgraded Is the 3.0 worth upgrading. Mine is in excellent condition.

  22. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: January 14, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

    Ron, You could use the OTC 3421-146 update which is less expensive than a new scan tool. The software update includes the 5.0 system so you can upgrade from 3.0. It also covers USA 2013 Domestic/Asian with ABS, European 2012. If your’s wasn’t in great shape ie needed a charger and a battery and an update then it may be better to sell your’s on Ebay or Craigslist and purchase a new scan tool with the updated software already loaded. Good Luck.

  23. Trevor :

    Date: May 29, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

    I have just bought a used EVO with 4.0. it has a new 5.0 memory card. can I install it? All it cam with is 2009 Domestic, 2008 ABS,2008 euro,2009 Asian.
    Will it still work with 5.0 update or do I have to have 2012 smart cards?

  24. dennisb - Auto Tool Sales :

    Date: May 29, 2017 @ 5:49 pm

    Hi Trevor, sorry don’t have that info. Yo may want to check with tech support. Good Luck.

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