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Creator c500 Review

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Review of: Creator c500

Product Type: handheld unit

Reviewed by: Alex Meyer

Quality of Build

Small but sturdy with the screen and navigation being the focal points

Value For Money

Offers decent functionality at an upper-mid price range

Ease of Use

Simple user interface and 2.8” screen for easy reading. Translation errors in user manual from Chinese

What We Like

  • Works with a wide range of vehicles
  • Freeze frames engine status for diagnosis
  • Scans and clears CELs in real time with live data stream

What We Don’t Like

  • Doesn’t support ABS or SRS scans/clears
  • Awkward price point for the functionality

When it comes to diagnosing and repairing cars, not all engine and other diagnostic codes are equal. Some brands have unique manufacturer codes that require a specific tool to read and translate them. Even worse – some of these tools won’t even work for the rest of your family’s cars.

If you need a specialty diagnostic scanner for your BMW or MINI but want to be able to check other cars as well, you want a versatile scanner like the Creator c500.

Creator c500 Model Review

Creator c500 Review

Conclusion

The c500 is definitely a step up from the c110 (with a price jump to boot). It improves on the lack of integration and versatility that the c110 suffered from, expanding to include ODBII-compliant vehicles in addition to its BMW/MINI support for scanning, diagnosing, and clearing errors in your car or truck’s engine.

Along the way, it also upgraded the screen to make it even easier to read the live data streams and kept the simple user interface and design, making it a breeze to use.

The Creator c500 would be a solid addition for anyone with multiple cars that includes a BMW or MINI thanks to its OBDII support. However, it doesn’t have the advanced functionality shops or hardcore DIYers would want so it’s ideal for casual DIYers or those just wanting to clear CELs.

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