Jaguar XK8 / XKR ( X100 ) 1996 – 2006 diagnostic tool advice – Foxwell NT510, JLR SDD or i930

Have Jaguar XK8 / XKR ( X100 ) 1996 – 2006 to diagnose, which Jaguar diagnostic tool advice? Foxwell NT510, JLR SDD or i930? Go on reading below test reports.

Car model and year: Jaguar XK8 / XKR ( X100 ) 1996 – 2006


Tools to tried:

VXDIAG VCX Nano Jaguar Land Rover diagnostic scanner

icarsoft i930

Foxwell NT510 Jaguar diagnostic scanner

genuine Drew Tech Mongoose

JLR SDD by Mangoose clone

Test reports:

PS: this test reports only represent my personal experience and reviews.

1.VXDIAG VCX Nano Jaguar Land Rover diagnostic scanner

VXDIAG VCX Nano Jaguar

I noticed VXDIAG VCX Nano Jaguar Land Rover diagnostic scanner on flea bay recently all being sold from china at around £70 to £80. They come with a cracked version of JLR SDD (mine came with version 1.41) and include all the config files. Access to Topix is not needed.

They are a clone of SPX I VIEW, similar to VCM and as I have had already tried a cloned Mongoose lead with a cracked version of JLR SDD with reasonable success, I thought I take a punt on one of these.

The packet arrived 6 days after ordering with no import duties to pay as the seller had labelled it as a gift and a value of $10. The box included 4 discs to setup the JLR SDD software and a further disc for the drivers.

I set it up on a virtual machine image of Windows XP and to my surprise, installed the software and drivers 1st time with no errors. I plugged in the VXDIAG which was recognized straight away and then started JLR SDD which also recognized the lead. Great start I thought, lets plug it into the car!

Oh dear, it turned out a total disaster. Despite many attempts, It will not auto read the VIN. I manually entered the VIN which worked, but it then took for ever to get to the main menu screen. I started a diagnostic session and had to wait about 15 minutes for it to finish scanning the modules. Once finished it could only see 2 out of the 15 or so modules fitted to the car (My cloned Mongoose lead can see 13 out of the 15 modules).

  1. JLR SDD by Mangoose clone


Clone leads are readily available from China for around $100 and to avoid subscription problems, use an older version of JLR SDD that comes with all the necessary config files built in, no downloads needed. Now the fun begins and gets complicated.

It has to run on Windows XP, anything newer won’t work. I set up a windows XP virtual image on my modern Dell laptop and although JLR SDD installed fine. and the lead connected with no problems. You have to put the laptops date back to 2012 or else it will come up with an error saying your files are out of date. Also your internet needs to be off to stop anything trying to update itself.

You can do nearly everything a dealer can do except programming keys (as far as I’m aware). It will let you reset the transmission adaptations and even turn on and off dealer options such as chirping when locking and unlocking.

I turned off the break window sensor as every time the weather turns stormy, the alarm goes off.

A big word of advice is DO NOT TRY TO RE-PROGRAM MODULES !!!!! On your head be it!

Also the JLR SDD software is not very user friendly, it takes awhile to learn how to use.


  1. Foxwell NT510 Test report on Jaguar XK8 / XKR ( X100 )

foxwell nt510 jaguar

Have recently bought a Foxwell NT510 Jaguar Land Rover hand held scanner and it’s quite good. It can see all the modules, read all the faults of every module and show live data etc. The only problem was on a couple of modules, it cant clear the faults and before you all ask, yes I have more money than sense!

To me! The Foxwell NT510 is more than adequate for most home mechanics.

After playing around with it, the pros are:-

Its fast, convenient to use and can even show live data in a graph mode. It can see all the modules (although it can’t communicate with my L/H headlight, however nothing else can either). I first used it in anger last month to monitor the transmission fluid temperature when changing the old oil.

The cons are:-

The screen display is not as bright or clear as the icarsoft i930.

It does not have the function to reset the adaptations. It does not have any programming functions for our XK8’s or XKR’s but seems to be able to program many things on my neighbours Land Rover Discovery!

I just found out that at extra cost (70USD per car brand), you can download four further different marques onto it making it handy for a semi professional.

You can get them on from china with free shipping to the U.S.A for around $155.They are a NT510 Jaguar function list which includes which models are allowed to reset the adaptations.

  1. icarsoft i930 test report on Jaguar XK8 / XKR ( X100 )

icarsoft i930

Whilst on the subject of scanners, I bought a icarsoft i930 last year which was also total rubbish.

I bought this scanner as I had some warning messages on my Jaguar XKR (Air Suspension Fault, Park Brake Fault, Lights not on). While it will clear diagnostic codes, it is not capable of clearing the fault messages on my automobile.

It scans 15 out of 15 modules , then It wont read most modules and if it does read any it wont erase codes off any thing ! It works on some, but not all of the available modules.

I picked up an i930 the other week, so far it also appears to be a p.o.s. says that it’s unable to communicate with half the modules in my XJR, but IDS/SDD with genuine VCM talks fine with them all…


  1. Genuine Drew Tech Mongoose on Jaguar XK8 / XKR ( X100 )

genuine Drew Tech Mongoose

For those who use “Made in china” device and test them work won’t  thought about Genuine Drew Tech Mongoose, Still it’s only money.

The correct tool (mongoose lead) to use is made by Drew Industries in the USA and retails for around $500 – $600. You the need to download the latest JLR SDD software but the catch is you need to have a very expensive subscription to Topix to get the necessary config files. This is basically what main dealers use.

That’s all thanks.