D1 Lite review

Tyler Heatley

28 Feb 2022


What is it?

The Otofix D1 Lite is the little brother to the comprehensive Otofix D1, however, that doesn’t make it any less impressive. If you’re looking for a means to conduct comprehensive diagnostic testing that will flag, decipher and reset error codes, this might be the tool for you.

Its OBD II companion tool wirelessly links to a smart tablet when conducting diagnostic tests. By plugging directly into your car’s computerised brain, the D1 Lite can make sense of the often baffling error codes presented. Over 80 vehicles are supported, and thanks to the D1 Lite’s internet connection, this database is continuously updated. Additionally, the D1 Lite will also automatically detect the vehicle’s VIN in order to obtain further information.

In addition to its diagnostic features, the Otofix D1 Lite can conduct up to 30 common service functions. Oil Service Reset, EPB, TPMS, BMS, Seats, Odometer, Brake bleed, DPF, Immo keys, Injector, CHG tire size, TEC learn, SAS, Suspension, Throttle, WIN DR ROOF, Lane change, Headlamp, Trans Adaption, Airbag Reset, and more can be completed.

If you’re still stuck with a particular issue, you can also get additional support via Autel MaxiFix. This is an online service that features various guides and the ability to request remote support from an expert.

Otofix D1 Lite: how does it work?

So, the car you’re working on has flashed up with an error on the dashboard… Grab your Otofix toolbox and bring the little OBD II reader into play. This little gadget plugs into the port on the car, something made easier by its integrated LED light. Once connected to the 7-inch smart tablet you can navigate its easy to use interface and begin various diagnostic tests. As the tablet will automatically find the car’s VIN, you won’t need to mess about with logging the car’s exacting details.

Any error codes will be presented to you and will help diagnose exactly what is wrong. To check for erroneous codes you can reset the warnings via the smart tablet to see if it returns. This should make sourcing issues much easier, but should you still run into trouble, the tablet has access to an online assistant.

The Autel MaxiFix gives you access to loads of troubleshooting resources, including an online expert. You can discuss and be advised on what the problem could be, and also show the expert what you can see via the 8M camera on the tablet.

While some servicing tasks are physical, up to 30 electronic items can be taken care of via the D1 Lite. 

Otofix D1 Lite: who is it made by?

The Otofix D1 Lite is ultimately made by a company called Autel.

Even if you don’t know the name Autel, the chances are your car has at some point benefited from Autel’s technology. Autel specialises in the kind of automotive tech that keeps cars on the road, enabling engineers and mechanics to diagnose problems with a vehicle and get it fixed in the most efficient way.

Otofix is the name for Autel’s range of automotive tools aimed at professional workshops and home mechanics alike, including the BT1 Lite.

Autel’s products are sold in over 70 countries, including Great Britain, China, America and Australia. Its diagnostic tools are class-leading and found in more than 500,000 independent vehicle repair shops across the globe. Put simply, when there’s something wrong with your car, Autel has the tool that can identify the problem and get it back on the road ASAP. 

But it’s much more than that. Over 60 per cent of Autel’s employees work in the research and development (R&D) arm of the company, working on everything from battery and charging technology for electric cars to autonomous driving solutions. Autel has R&D centres in Silicon Valley, Munich and Shenzen.

Since it was founded in 2004 Autel has received 1040 domestic and foreign patents and has won almost 100 awards and honours, including the VISION Best New Product in the United States award and no less than 13 Red Dot Awards, known as Oscars in the world of product design. 

Otofix D1 Lite: how much does it cost?

Right now the Otofix D1 Lite can be had for €599 – a saving of €230 over its regular price. Shipping is free and the devices should be with you within 6 days. 

Alternatively, you can buy it from the Otofix website here.

For more information on the Otofix D1 Lite and the rest of the Otofix range of automotive tools click here.

*This article is sponsored by Autel

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Tyler Heatley

28 Feb 2022