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Old 01-26-2011, 05:20 AM   #1
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I have a 4 cars:
99 Honda Civic EX (manual) ~37 mpg hwy
2001 Honda Accord EX (manual) ~33 mpg hwy
2005 Ford Freestyle (auto) ~26 mpg hwy
2010 F150 Lariat (auto) ~ 20 mpg hwy

I will be driving the 99 Civic quite a bit in the next few months as my son is on a tournament baseball team.

I need to get some sort of gauge to monitor mpg and other info to get quicker feedback and make changes to my driving habits to improve MPG.

I started first with increasing the air pressure in the Civic tires to 45 psi. I will monitor over the first full tank to see any changes.
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Welcome!

The most popular gauge for your purpose is the $160 ScanGauge II. I have one and it's great.

A new contender is the $60 UltraGauge which looks like it might be quite good. It offers a number of advantages over the SGII and a couple disadvantages. Search for a thread about it, someone on this site bought one and posted his review.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:24 AM   #3
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Well the $100 difference in price tag makes the UltraGauge quite appealing.
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the one big disadvantage (for me anyway) is the cable isn't removable on the ultra gauge. I have a scangauge and I can take it from car to car but in my main car, I have the wire routed so it looks neat(ish). If I need to check a code in someone elses car, I just pull out my extra cord and remove the scangauge. when I am done the extra cord goes back in the glove box and I reattach my scangauge.
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I did not know that.

I'd probably cut the wire and splice in an RJ45 plug to use it SGII style.
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buddy of mine at work got one. I really like everything about it but that. it is an awesome gadget. I may not have thought anything about it if I didn't already have the scangauge to compare it to.

I really like the finised look of the RJ45 cable in the scangauge. not to pick on your cut and spliced one. I guess you could make it look alright

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I thought it was cat-5 cable (maybe they are one and the same)
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HEY!

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I really like the finised look of the RJ45 cable in the scangauge. not to pick on your cut and spliced one. I guess you could make it look alright
Yeah, if you want it to look nice you'll have to put some effort into it or get a connector made for looking nice.

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I thought it was cat-5 cable (maybe they are one and the same)
The cable may or may not be cat-5. I suspect it doesn't matter; lesser cable would pick up electric noise in a more sensitive application. The connector is RJ45 and that does matter.
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tradosaurus,

you are correct, this one is yours. either of those units is a good solution. you may also want to consider airing up tires(sorry, done that) and playing with a grill block. it is amazing what you can get away with as far as blocking your grill off.
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tradosaurus,

you are correct, this one is yours. either of those units is a good solution. you may also want to consider airing up tires(sorry, done that) and playing with a grill block. it is amazing what you can get away with as far as blocking your grill off.
Well after I get a few tank fulls of gas through and quantify MPG difference with the tire pressure increase then I will do the grill block.

From what I read the two biggest changes after driving non-aggressively is to do those two items.
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