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Old 08-15-2009, 05:15 AM   #1
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Garmin EcoRoute

I've been using an inexpensive Garmin Nuvi 205 GPS in my 93 Swift for the last couple weeks. It has a program called EcoRoute that routes for the best gas mileage based on speed limits, stops, acceleration data, etc.. It also has an Eco Challenge program that displays an icon in the screen with a number between 0 and 100 and a red, yellow, or green marker. It monitors acceleration, speed, braking, giving you instant feedback on how efficiently you're driving, projected gas mileage, carbon footprint, and fuel cost. Works amazingly well for a device that isn't connected to the cars computer or sensors. So far I've found it to be within 2% on predicted gas mileage.

I think it's a good option for older cars that can't use the Scangage and a lot cheaper and easier to install.


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Old 08-15-2009, 08:28 AM   #2
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That's great! I'm jealous (have a TomTom). Apparently Ecoroute is a free upgrade for the following models:

nuvi 205-series
nuvi 705-series
nuvi 1200-series
nuvi 1300-series

The Nuvi 205 is the cheapest and I found it online for a little over $100.


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Old 08-15-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
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thats a really cool idea...i think garmin just got my future business over tomtom
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