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Old 06-13-2008, 08:02 AM   #1
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http://www.scangauge.com/

Has anyone used one of these. Seems pretty neat.
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:34 AM   #2
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There's a guy on the Odyssey forum (or is it the Casita?) who swears by it for monitoring MPG. He said when he comes up behind a big truck he can see his MPG significantly go up!
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:39 AM   #3
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I have a computer like that built into the console of my Jeep (God only knows how much extra that costs as an accessories when it was new LOL!)

I find it useful for knowing where my significant gas use is on my commute and I make adjustments to my driving habits accordingly.
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:51 AM   #4
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I have the ScanGauge II and I move it between two vehicles.
I provides me some gauges I otherwise would not have.

I am not too sure I trust what it tells me but I do have fun with it.

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Old 06-13-2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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My spouse is constantly letting me know what Iím doing wrong so the last thing I need is a gadget that does the same thing.
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:16 PM   #6
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I'd LOVE to have one, but my '98 Ranger was the last year before they started making provision for the sensors required to feed the info to something like the ScanGauge...
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:31 PM   #7
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Iím looking at this tool and think it is a good thing. Now my new truck has an on board system that gives me the MPG, amount of fuel left, etc. etc.

Are they the same?

My on board computer differs from my hard numbers when I do the math for MPG. It always gives me a couple MPG more then reality.
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:37 PM   #8
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I am like Mike. My truck has a on board computor. I watch it all the time. If i can keep my fuel consumption in the 12 liters per 100km i am doing good. If it goes higher than that i am pushing it. Around town it is useless. Only really works on highway.
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My spouse is constantly letting me know what I'm doing wrong so the last thing I need is a gadget that does the same thing.
Roger that, good buddy.
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Some more info.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive...to/4267957.html
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It always gives me a couple MPG more then reality
Mine measures the mph based on what is happening at that moment.

I can watch it change from 20 mph to 18 mph within a mile when the terrain changes, or I am idling in traffic etc.

It don't beleive it averages. I still do that with a pencil..
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The big value in instantaneous MPG readout is training yourself in fuel-saving driving. For that, it matters more that it's consistent than accurate so you can see what your foot is doing.

If it totals and averages, etc., well that's good also. I would be more inclined to trust written and displayed fuel consumption numbers over a fairly large number of tank fills, like ten.

Also, as Ches's link mentions, a simple vacuum gauge can be used as a foot-training aid.

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OK Here is my informal review based on over 1 years use in three different vehicles.

I do not really trust it.

I realize it gets all of the data it uses to make some reports directly from various engine computers.
The computer is not really our friend.

As for the MPG display: It samples way to often for me to get any real benifit from it.I can be driving with my foot not moving at all and it almost never stops changing and I mean changing wildly. One second it will say 72mpg and the next second it will say 5.4mpg.
I too figured could use it to enhance my mileage but all it has done is to teach me what I already know,stay off the gas and I get better mpg.
That is the only trend I notice.

My favorite feature of the Scan Gauge is that it lets me display any 4 gauges at a time from its list of gauges.
Not all gauges are available with all cars,it depends on the particular cars computer.
That said,my truck which is now my tow vehicle has no gauges at all really,it is a "Work Truck".
So it is nice to get a Tach,Coolant Temp.,Tranny Temp and one other gauge.

I vary between the aformentioned MPG and MPH gauge,I just like the digital readout.

Also you need to find a good postion to stick the device because after buying it and learning to use it you are going to be looking at it every moment you are driving,I promise that!

So far the daily.weekly mileage reports rarely match my own calculations although they are close.

What I find really amusing is the speed readout.
Between it,the trucks Speedo and the GPS(a whole other story of trust and deceit) I seem to be going three different speeds at all times.
I have decided to trust the GPS but I am not too committed to it.

I do not really speed much at all but I know the biggest fuel savings come at a certain speed sweetspot so I try to keep it there while being mesmerized by the ever changing ScanGauge MPG display.

I would buy it again,it is fun and useful for coolant temp. alone when towing but again I do not really trust it that much for MPG.

I also became a "Dealer" to get a better price and that only required buying 2 units so that is something to look into,it was no problemand required no real effort but I already sell consumer electronics too and speak the lingo to manufacturers.

Feel free to ask anything specific.

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to everyone for your posts. I am still undecided, but better informed. Some one mentioned, this forum or another, using a vacum gauge. I may try that.

Thanks again

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