This article put together the test reports of many ECU tunners to tell us that no clone ECU programmer like kess, ktag, Fgtech, mpps 21, and others… will brick ECU. This is a fact, not a false advertisement.
About tools, ktag and kess clones, galletto 4, kwp2000, mpps18, none of it bricked anything that went through my hands. You will brick, when sw/hw mismatch will occur. But with bdm, most of them can be easily repaired.
Some’ said that ktm bench messes around the edc17… well, did it? I’ve never had one bricked. Up to now
BTW, I’ve had an edc16c34 Ford, cloned with Flex, by a friend of mine. Was a mess inside that flash. Solved it by bdm, with ktag clone.
Up to now, fvdi 2014 did not brick any…
Don’t bother with mpps v21 they die after about 10 writes so stay away. mpps v18 eu clone is a very good tool i own one amazing on edc15 an edc16 it loves them. as for kess v2 clone be very careful some china ones are shit
some are ok but all of them need a rework don’t let anyone tell you different and it will be a very good tool after a rework never had a problem with mine and don’t bother using ksuite 2.53 or 2.70 onwards there all bull shit there not new versions
just number changes stick to 2.23 thats the most stable for kess 5.017 and ktag 7.020 and look for the rework guide on the kess and ktag also change the sd card the china kess and ktag cards are known to be unstable cheap shit
i speak from experience hope that helps
mpps v18 working without problem, sometimes I have wakeup error on Kess/Ktag clone, but never brick ecu.
So, it is also worth the money to pay clone ECU programmers to flash own car for hobby tuning.