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Amazon [amazon.com] (Ships in 4-6 weeks) BestBuy [bestbuy.com] and Automatic.com [automatic.com] are having a Father's Day Sale on the Automatic Adapter, a Connected Car Adapter, Engine Diagnostics, And Crash Detection (Compatible with Amazon Echo)

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Can you expand on what you use it for in everyday life?
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It transform your car into a Transformer using Energon
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Grabbed one from Automatic. Thanks for posting - a cheapy OBID2 reader is $20, so it's nice to have all these extra features for the extra $50.
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Can you expand on what you use it for in everyday life?
I preordered one when they first announced it. It's a good device and gives you good feedback about your driving style and how you can improve it. It also remembers where you parked which is helpful.

I used to check it every week to see how I was driving, but eventually I just forgot about it because there were no real improvements to the app. I stopped checking it because it was telling me information that I already knew. Now, it's more of a datalogger than a driving aid.

I also noticed that every time the app updated, there were often bluetooth connectivity issues, so Automatic wouldn't always log my drives.

In my opinion, this is a really expensive trip logger for older cars. There are features that only work in newer cars, such as low fuel warnings. I have a 2007 Toyota highlander and I can't use most of the available features on the dongle. Automatic is probably better suited for cars made in the last five years.

The ODB code feature however has proven useful a few times. I've taken the dongle and plugged it into other people's cars to see why their check engine light was on.
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I preordered one when they first announced it. It's a good device and gives you good feedback about your driving style and how you can improve it. It also remembers where you parked which is helpful.

I used to check it every week to see how I was driving, but eventually I just forgot about it because there were no real improvements to the app. I stopped checking it because it was telling me information that I already knew. Now, it's more of a datalogger than a driving aid.

I also noticed that every time the app updated, there were often bluetooth connectivity issues, so Automatic wouldn't always log my drives.

In my opinion, this is a really expensive trip logger for older cars. There are features that only work in newer cars, such as low fuel warnings. I have a 2007 Toyota highlander and I can't use most of the available features on the dongle. Automatic is probably better suited for cars made in the last five years.

The ODB code feature however has proven useful a few times. I've taken the dongle and plugged it into other people's cars to see why their check engine light was on.
I agree, it seems really expensive for what it does.

Google now remembers where you parked, without you having to do anything.

Bluetooth OBDII readers are under $10 on ebay everyday, and work with free APPs to check and reset codes.

I would pay for this if it allowed you to remap the air/fuel profile, change performance characteristics of the vehicle and so forth. Otherwise, it is a $10 device with a $70 price tag.
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does automatic track and save data? for example would it track and save accident information? If so this would be useful for fighting faulty insurance claims.
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It's not bad but I'd just buy a $10 one. The major difference is that this has a built in GPS. It still doesn't support the Torque app which is the #1 car connectivity app. Also all the performance apps are IOS only so if you're on android be aware the developers are very IOS centric so when something new comes out they are only going to support IOS out of the gate if they do at all. Like Harry's lap timer and dash command are still IOS only.
Also, I believe it still can suck power while your car is off. Not a big deal if you drive a lot but it could leave you stranded if your battery is week. This is an issue with all these adapters though.
My guess would be a new design is coming soon.
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I posted this same deal a little over a week ago. The only thing I got out of it was that there are a lot of people who hate this thing that have never owned it. People are stupid.
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Agree mostly with Blue up there. An ELM 327 plus Torque and plugins will still beat the price on this by fifty bucks and carry a lot more capability too.

The only advantage to this might be easier setup. But reading reviews it seems it's just as finicky as Torque + ELM.
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I posted this same deal a little over a week ago. The only thing I got out of it was that there are a lot of people who hate this thing that have never owned it. People are stupid.
True, people are stupid who did not research the cheaper alternatives out there but purchased this instead.

Also...one of the "neat" features someone above pointed out of having the ability for the car letting you know where you parked....is included free in the upcoming iOS 10.
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It transform your car into a Transformer using Energon

I really wanted to rep you for this comment... Big Grin


Anyone have a link to a decent OBD adapter that can read AND RESET codes? (I have a 2001 Ford Windstar, a 2004 Chevy Cavalier and a 2015 Ford Transit Connect) Or a specific name/type to search myself? I've wanted one of these for awhile, but I'm pretty uneducated on what I need. I actually bought one previousl, but it was apparently only for a select few foreign models. The cost for return shipping made returning it pointless, so I just ate the cost of it. Since then, I'm extremely hesitant on buying another without a recommendation.
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True, people are stupid who did not research the cheaper alternatives out there but purchased this instead.

Also...one of the "nice" features someone above pointed out of having the ability for the car letting you know where you parked....is included free in the upcoming iOS 10.
Beyond the usual diagnostic stuff, through IFTTT you can connect it to smartthings and the echo to do all sorts of wacky futuristic stuff. Didn't realize I had a slew of other alternatives that could do this...my bad.
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I really wanted to rep you for this comment... Big Grin


Anyone have a link to a decent OBD adapter that can read AND RESET codes? (I have a 2001 Ford Windstar, a 2004 Chevy Cavalier and a 2015 Ford Transit Connect) Or a specific name/type to search myself? I've wanted one of these for awhile, but I'm pretty uneducated on what I need. I actually bought one previousl, but it was apparently only for a select few foreign models. The cost for return shipping made returning it pointless, so I just ate the cost of it. Since then, I'm extremely hesitant on buying another without a recommendation.
I have this one Amazon [amazon.com] and have used it on my 2 Ford trucks with the Torque app on Android. Don't know your setup but it works fine when I need it. Have read many codes and helped me determine bad ignition coils and has paid for itself 10x over already. Can reset the codes as well.
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