Scangauge alternative??? - Fuelly Forums

Android Users - Coming Soon! - Migrating from aCar 4.8 to 5.0

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-09-2009, 05:01 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Ryanrpm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 23
Country: United States
Scangauge alternative???

Hello everyone,

I'm trying to find an OBDII system that will give me live fuel economy readings....but not at the cost of a scangauge. I know the ELM327 is out there, but for that to work, you need a laptop sitting in your seat......or you have to buy the expensive bluetooth version and use your PDA or something.

Does anyone know of any other device that will just give me my live fuel economy? I want to make a mod, then be able to see if it made an instant improvement.....not wait a week and then do the math at the gas station.


Thanks for your help....
__________________

Ryanrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 05:11 AM   #2
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,139
Country: United States
Here are a couple threads for cheaper ones. I had bad luck with the Kiwi MPG, but apparently some bugs have been worked out. That it ever was released with broken CAN support bothers me, though.

http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....hlight=totally

http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....light=kiwi+mpg
__________________

__________________


Main Entry: co de pen dence - see codependency
co de pen den cy
Pronunciation: \kō-di-ˈpen-dən(t)-sē\
Function: noun
Date: 1979

: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin) ; broadly : dependence on the needs of or control by another
GasSavers_maximilian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 05:18 AM   #3
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,139
Country: United States
Some not real encouraging recent kiwi mpg reviews out there.
__________________


Main Entry: co de pen dence - see codependency
co de pen den cy
Pronunciation: \kō-di-ˈpen-dən(t)-sē\
Function: noun
Date: 1979

: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin) ; broadly : dependence on the needs of or control by another
GasSavers_maximilian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 08:00 AM   #4
Registered Member
 
theholycow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,624
Country: United States
Send a message via ICQ to theholycow Send a message via AIM to theholycow Send a message via MSN to theholycow Send a message via Yahoo to theholycow
The Kiwi is the only one that's cheaper. There's plenty of other SGII alternatives but they're more expensive.

Edit: I forgot the AutoMeter Ecometer, which maximilian posted about below.

There are some DIY alternatives. There's a link in my sig to a post about a DIY fuel rate (not MPG) meter. In that post, there are links to other ideas for MPG meters, like installing a DIC (Driver Information Center) from a similar model of car that was offered with one.
__________________
This sig may return, some day.
theholycow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 08:11 AM   #5
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,139
Country: United States
The AutoMeter Ecometer from the first link is also cheaper than the SG, but I can't find any reviews of it and it's CAN only. I'd love for somebody to try it out. Here's the thread again:

http://www.gassavers.org/showthread....hlight=totally
__________________


Main Entry: co de pen dence - see codependency
co de pen den cy
Pronunciation: \kō-di-ˈpen-dən(t)-sē\
Function: noun
Date: 1979

: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin) ; broadly : dependence on the needs of or control by another
GasSavers_maximilian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 08:14 AM   #6
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,139
Country: United States
Apparently R2D2 uses one, but he never visits the forums. I'll ask him in a PM what he thinks of it. Been adding gaslog entries recently, so he's active. Hope he checks his PMs.
__________________


Main Entry: co de pen dence - see codependency
co de pen den cy
Pronunciation: \kō-di-ˈpen-dən(t)-sē\
Function: noun
Date: 1979

: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin) ; broadly : dependence on the needs of or control by another
GasSavers_maximilian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 12:19 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Ryanrpm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 23
Country: United States
Thanks guys.......

That Ecometer looks really good.....and would provide me with the info I need. I think I'm going to try and sell some stuff to pay for a Scangauge though. I like the ability to read and clear codes in case any are set.

$60 isn't bad......but the Scangauge is only $160 and provides more info.

Thanks though, for all your effort!!!! If I still can't afford the SG, I'll go with the Ecometer.....
Ryanrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 01:25 PM   #8
Registered Member
 
GasSavers_BEEF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,831
check ebay.

sometimes you can get them for $130 or so used. not that I really need to say it but they are well worth the money. I have often talked about getting a second one and daisy chaining them together. theoretically it should work but i am not sure how much current it draws and how much adding a second one would add to the load on the circuit.

the idea would be to monitor 8 parameters instead of 4.

the big problem is that I can't justify the cost.
__________________
Be the change you wish to see in the world
--Mahatma Gandhi



GasSavers_BEEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 03:34 PM   #9
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,139
Country: United States
I got mine from JC Whitney for $140 when they had a free shipping offer. Might be worth taking a look there.
__________________


Main Entry: co de pen dence - see codependency
co de pen den cy
Pronunciation: \kō-di-ˈpen-dən(t)-sē\
Function: noun
Date: 1979

: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin) ; broadly : dependence on the needs of or control by another
GasSavers_maximilian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2009, 04:59 PM   #10
Registered Member
 
theholycow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,624
Country: United States
Send a message via ICQ to theholycow Send a message via AIM to theholycow Send a message via MSN to theholycow Send a message via Yahoo to theholycow
BEEF, I wouldn't worry about the current. They don't draw much at all. Depending on exactly what data you're displaying, it might be worth worrying about update speed. If it's picking up data that's already flying around on the bus, no problem, but if you make it query twice as much user-requested data (with XGauges and probably with some of the built-in gauges) then your data may come slowly.
__________________

__________________
This sig may return, some day.
theholycow is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Someone scratched up my car!!! AMX General Discussion (Off-Topic) 2 06-07-2008 12:43 PM
MAGNETS...made real easy... ZugyNA Automotive News, Articles and Products 6 02-25-2008 08:41 AM
Saturn TDI for S-Series cfg83 Diesels 14 10-02-2007 02:24 PM
Anyone have experience making their own solar panels? MetroMPG Electric and Solar powered 17 08-29-2007 06:43 PM
Atlanta Auto Show GasSavers_DaX General Discussion (Off-Topic) 26 05-07-2006 06:02 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.