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Old 05-13-2009, 05:21 PM   #11
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OK, did a quick once over and there's nothing too surprising given the feature list I had before. You can set the fuel type, tank size, fuel cost, units for volume and distance, as well as a calibration value to improve the mpg accuracy. Glad to see that last one's in there!
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:09 PM   #12
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after all that time and the thing is defective? have you tried plugging it in at all? you could ohm out the wires to make sure they are making contact.

still puts a sour taste in your mouth about them. never had that problem with a scangauge.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:11 AM   #13
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I have a "hands off" policy towards damaged stuff. I'm sure it probably works, I just want to keep it in as original shape as possible for an exchange. If it were cheaper I'd just fix it. I've done that with some Harbor Freight stuff that arrived busted. I guess I could plug it in just to see how bright the display is and stuff. That way I wouldn't need to recoil the cord.

I wonder what this says about my personality? Cowardly but patient?
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you could just say to send you a new cable and send pics of the jacked up cable. that is if it works.

I have a bad habbit of voiding warranties and trying to fix stuff.

I guess your poilcy is a good one especially if you are ever thinking of getting rid of it. I noticed that a lot of the comands on it look almost like code. probably due to the 7 segment displays that they chose to use. I don't really notice it as much on the scangauge even though they only use 3 characters but they arent 7 segment displays.

for me, that would take some getting used to.
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Sucks about the Kiwi, they need to improve quality control which can be hard in a small company.

As far as the camera is concerned. It probably had trouble because of the plain surface in the middle of the picture. The camera relies on contrast to adjust focus and that screen doesn't have much. If you center the area with the wires you should be able to get much closer. Or you could use the manual focus, if it has one.
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Old 05-14-2009, 07:47 AM   #17
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We had a big Kiwi for review at CleanMPG, and it was functional but very poorly put together. The screen was crooked with gaps around it, and the whole thing felt cheap and flimsy. Even Wayne's very non-technical mother called it a "pretty piece of garbage".

And it was nearly useless in actual driving. Reset on every engine stop? What if you key off at a red light?
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:13 AM   #18
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I'm still willing to give it a shot. I can always Ebay it for most of what I paid. The seller got right back to me and is paying for it to be shipped back. The first batch was apparently hand assembled and they've had a few other problems with some of them. They actually have a new shipment arriving tomorrow so there shouldn't be any delay getting me a new one. Offered me a refund if I preferred as well.

So far, not grooving on PLX, but the reseller has been doing pretty well with a difficult situation.
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the way I feel about ebayers or others like amazon. they are selling a product. they can't help if the product doesn't meet what was promised.

I usually rate them on shipping (if they did what they promised to do) and if there is an issue, how they handled it.

sounds like you have gotten a hold of a good one. he has offered you a refund twice now which is big of him and he is taking care of shipping.

he can't help it if the thing is broke.
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Too bad it arrived busted. I was looking forward to a real world performance test of it.

I am glad that the seller is making good on it anyway. Hopefully when you get the replacement, it will be better and you will be able to use it and report on it's functionality.
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