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ScanGaugeII Review

Keeping on Top of Things

The ScanGaugeII monitors your car's fuel consumption along with other data

Unless you already own a Toyota Prius or some other fuel-efficient automobile, you’re likely scrambling for ways to beat the gas pump’s soaring prices. A great way to conserve gasoline is by keeping real-time tabs on your car’s fuel economy through the versatile ScanGaugeII. This is just one of the many functions of this aftermarket automotive computer, which can display up to four digital gauges simultaneously including the speedometer, tachometer, battery voltage, ignition timing and intake air temperature. The Trip Computer feature, measuring four different sets of trip data, can record average speed, drive time, maximum revolutions-per-minute, distance and maximum coolant temperature. Using the gadget’s Scan Tool, you can also retrieve trouble codes, saving yourself a costly trip to the mechanic when the check engine light turns out to be a false alarm.

Setting up the ScanGaugeII is as simple as plugging it into the OBD-II connector under the dash, which also supplies it with all its needed power. The portable device works with most vehicle models 1996 or newer, and has a backlit LCD screen that can be adjusted for color and brightness. Overall, this three-in-one computer works like a charm and provides practical information. It automatically powers up and down with the engine, and features non-volatile memory (its automatically saved data is not lost when the unit is disconnected). What we didn’t like, however, were its cheap buttons and the six-foot OBD-II connector cord hanging loose in the car. Despite this, if you’re anywhere between a conscientious driver and a total gear head, this is one useful gadget.

Price: $160

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(Updated: 04/11/13 NW)

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