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I'm pretty sure I'm going to order a ScanGauge II for my Fiesta and wondering if anyone here has one or is using one on whatever car they currently drive. In particular, I'm interested in how satisfied you are with it's functions and how useful you think they are.

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I'm pretty sure I'm going to order a ScanGauge II for my Fiesta and wondering if anyone here has one or is using one on whatever car they currently drive. In particular, I'm interested in how satisfied you are with it's functions and how useful you think they are.

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Looks like it could be pretty useful but I would wait and see where the OBD II connector is located on the Fiesta and see if hooking something up to it would put a cable in the way of operating the car safely and comfortably. As a technician I can tell you that some connector locations are set in a location that makes them very easy to get too but would be in a very bad location to have something hooked up to them all the time and not have to either unplug it to get your legs in and out or be a contortionist to not hit it and unplug it accidently.
 

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By law, the OBD II port has to be in the open, in the area under the steering wheel. The cable on the Scangage is plenty long to reach any possible (lawful) location and it has a 90 deg. connector so that it won''t stick out.

I have a ScanGauge II on my current car and am quite happy with it. I will transfer it to a Fiesta when I get one. You can get much more info in a forum dedicated to the Scangage. Try this one: Scan Gauge II FAQ. - CleanMPG Forums
 

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Looks like it could be pretty useful but I would wait and see where the OBD II connector is located on the Fiesta and see if hooking something up to it would put a cable in the way of operating the car safely and comfortably. As a technician I can tell you that some connector locations are set in a location that makes them very easy to get too but would be in a very bad location to have something hooked up to them all the time and not have to either unplug it to get your legs in and out or be a contortionist to not hit it and unplug it accidently.
I can imagine that there are people out there that could screw up routing a wire but luckily, that wouldn't be me. ;)
 

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I'll check that site out Reddog99.

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I can imagine that there are people out there that could screw up routing a wire but luckily, that wouldn't be me. ;)
I'd guess that anyone geeky enough to buy a Scangage won't have any trouble finding a way to route a wire so that it doesn't present a hazard...
 

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A better alternative to ScanGauge

I'm pretty sure I'm going to order a ScanGauge II ... I'm interested in how satisfied you are with it's functions and how useful you think they are.
I too was very sure I was going to buy one, I was just waiting for a special or promotion before pulling the trigger. But then I saw a much better option in a buddies vehicle. Its called Ultragauge and it does everything that SG seems to do, yet ultragauge has a much larger display and displays more gauges at once. It has all sorts of features, but perhaps its biggest feature is its price. Its only $39 and they toss in a free windshield mount. Although that may be part of a limited promotion. check it out at ultra-gauge.com (google it if this is not right). At that price there is no buyer hesitation. I have been using mine now for a while and it is just great. :)

I hope you have not yet pulled the trigger!
 

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But wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

Watching the Ultra-Guage infomercial on the internet, I kept waiting for Billy Mays to pop out and say "If you order right now, we will include a second Ultra Gauge at no extra charge AND if you order in the next 15 minutes you will get BOTH Ultra Gauges for 19.99!":D
 

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Value for the dollar?

I can see spending $39.95......that is a fair value, since the car does not have a temperature guage (unless it's in that hidden menu).....the car is going to take care of itself pretty much, as far as the fuel computer and the rest the car already does that!
 

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The ScanGauge works fine in a Fiesta.

Interestingly, I never see 9999 in the instantaneous MPG or 0.0 in the GPH (gallons per hour), even when coasting in gear. In a previous car, I would see that when coasting in gear (indicating no fuel being injected under those conditions) until pressing in the clutch or the RPM reaches idle RPM.

Only thing is, there is no obvious best place to put it:

* On top of the steering column: covers up fuel gauge and parts of speedometer and tachometer.
* On the shelf in front of the SYNC display: covers up some of the SYNC display, though otherwise a very viewable location.
* On top of the left side of the dashboard: a somewhat less natural place to look. Probably the best place for a semi-permanent mount, if you don't want to cover any of the SYNC display.
* In front of the shifter: an even less natural place to look, and partially covered by the shifter (manual) in 1, 3, or 5.
 

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I too was very sure I was going to buy one, I was just waiting for a special or promotion before pulling the trigger. But then I saw a much better option in a buddies vehicle. Its called Ultragauge and it does everything that SG seems to do, yet ultragauge has a much larger display and displays more gauges at once. It has all sorts of features, but perhaps its biggest feature is its price. Its only $39 and they toss in a free windshield mount. Although that may be part of a limited promotion.
It does look like a limited promotion (regular price $200).

The only disadvantage I see with the UltraGauge (based on what the web site says) is that it and its mount look too much like a portable GPS = thief attractor.
 

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I too was very sure I was going to buy one, I was just waiting for a special or promotion before pulling the trigger. But then I saw a much better option in a buddies vehicle. Its called Ultragauge and it does everything that SG seems to do, yet ultragauge has a much larger display and displays more gauges at once. It has all sorts of features, but perhaps its biggest feature is its price. Its only $39 and they toss in a free windshield mount. Although that may be part of a limited promotion. check it out at ultra-gauge.com (google it if this is not right). At that price there is no buyer hesitation. I have been using mine now for a while and it is just great. :)

I hope you have not yet pulled the trigger!
I'll wait awhile before checking out there site. Norton Security hasn't given it a pass. I'm always extremely leery of things that are priced too low relative to the norm. And, promotional offers make me even more uncomfortable. Thanks for the info though. Would you be willing to post a picture of it in your Fiesta?

*EDIT; Just did some checking around and everything posted about "Ultra-gauge" appears to have been posted within the last couple of days. I believe this might be a scam. Keep your credit-card in your pocket for a few months and see if any real user reviews show up on the web.
 

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This is where I've located mine. It's a good place for the way I sit and have the steering wheel adjusted. Of course, YMMV. I have the cable passing over the steering column and behind the lower cover. You'll notice my mileage (39). And this is after the drive home from work where I climb over 2200 ft. into the hills east of San Diego.



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Has anyone ever seen an OBDII gauge that has a wireless transmitter and a gauge that is a wireless receiver? I've seen a couple that are bluetooth/wi-fi that can connect to your computer or phone. With those it looks like you can use your phone as the gauge to display a few values at a time, and your computer for more advance diagnostics and data logging. I'd prefer to have a dedicated display that connects to the wireless transmitter rather than having to use a phone, and it would be nice if it would still allow a computer connection as well.
 

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Installed my UltraGauge November 10th.(2011 SES Automatic) So far nothing but what I had hoped for, first A TEMPERATURE GAUGE! I also got barometric pressure, exact gallons in tank, instant MPG, volt gauge, intake temp., and temp of gauge for guard against extreme heat of summer, and still experimenting what other useful info it will display. It easily plugs in the OBD port. Also a $9 mail in rebate.

Google UltraGauge
 

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is the the website for the ultra gauge your talking about?

UltraGauge Automotive Information Center and OBDII Scan Tool
Yes. I hope they haven't raised the price? Yikes! The above other gauge looks all most prohibitive because of cost. Multi gauges start at $209!? The UltraGauge can show a high of 18 gauge readings. Unfortunately oil pressure is not one it will show for a Fiesta. It also has a device that has a suction cup and a bendable arm that can put the display far to the left of the wind shield direct look out of the quick view of thieves. It doesn't look like a GPS device to me.
 

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I'll wait awhile before checking out there site. Norton Security hasn't given it a pass. I'm always extremely leery of things that are priced too low relative to the norm. And, promotional offers make me even more uncomfortable. Thanks for the info though. Would you be willing to post a picture of it in your Fiesta?

*EDIT; Just did some checking around and everything posted about "Ultra-gauge" appears to have been posted within the last couple of days. I believe this might be a scam. Keep your credit-card in your pocket for a few months and see if any real user reviews show up on the web.
I think its fine, and its hooked up with Paypal so there is protection...so, i pulled the trigger as well......
 
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