FOXWELL NT520 PRO
£195 ● gendan.co.uk Rating: ★★★★★
Idon’t really like diagnostics that are downloaded to a phone or tablet and which then ‘talk’ to the car via a dongle, mainly because tablets and phones don’t mix well with a workshop. I prefer a separate piece of kit that can connect via a real cable.
This Foxwell NT520 Pro, calibrated specifically for Jaguar Land Rover vehicles from 1999 onwards, offers all the major functions for less than £200. It comes in a soft bag and includes the OBDII cable, plus USB cable to connect it to your computer for updates (the first 18 months of updates are included). No batteries are needed because it runs off the ODBII cable connection.
The menu is easy to follow and by selecting ‘automatic’ the unit reads your VIN and confirms exactly what it’s connected to.
In my Range Rover L322 it worked well. A full list of menu functions appeared covering all the major areas, including service light resets, ABS, air suspension calibrations and electric handbrake functions. It was the same for our 2004 Freelander TD4.
Although my 1998 Freelander is too old for the specifications that are advertised with the unit, it still gave a comprehensive menu and managed to clear an ABS fault. It was less forthcoming on my 1996 Range Rover DSE, which hardly came as a surprise.
VERDICT A very sensible investment.