FOXWELL NT520 PRO

£195 ● gen­dan.co.uk Rat­ing: ★★★★★

LRO (UK) - - Used & Abused - USED BY JU­LIAN GILLING CON­TRIB­U­TOR TESTED FOR EIGHT MONTHS

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.

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