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We take a look at the Texa Axone 4 to see how it performs

Published:  28 June, 2013

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For obvious reasons, our testers didn't try deliberately dropping it or hosing it down with water but they did note that it had been tested to MIL-STD-810 which is a specification written by the US military for 'ruggedised' products. While there is no set method of testing for this standard it seems likely that the tool will take all of the knocks and spills that it would be likely to encounter in a busy workshop.

So, the tool looks good and is unlikely to break but how did it work as a device for repairing cars? According to our testers, connectivity was very good. In fact, it 'spoke' to every car and van it was tried on - something which is not always the case even for OBD cars. As is often the case with modern tools, Axone allows access to wiring diagrams, can link to parts catalogues and (if you take out an extra subscription) connects to an online library of solved faults. As you might expect, there is a technical helpline which can be accessed over the phone or through a VOIP application on the device. There is even a built-in camera so the helpdesk operator can see exactly what you are seeing.

With a guide price of around £4,000 plus VAT and ongoing subscription costs, the Axone 4 certainly dwells at the premium end of the market.  Our testers have agreed to hang on to the loan unit to do some deeper diagnostics but it seems that the tool does what it is designed to and ads a hint of panache into the garage at the same time.

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