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nattyT 49 56 July 28, 2016 at 11:41 AM in Automotive Tools (4) More Walmart Deals
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Last Edited by wuzzy July 28, 2016 at 11:48 AM
Walmart has the ScanGauge II for $109 [walmart.com], with free value shipping.

Was in the market for one, and this was the lowest price I found. (A heads-up that it was out of stock earlier this week.)

For those interested I also noticed that they're also offering the windshield mount for $9.98 [walmart.com].
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thanks op, already have a sg2 but needed the mount!
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What does this offer that a cheap Bluetooth OBDII reader and a smartphone app does not (for a fraction o the price) ? Just curious. Never herd of these before.
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What does this offer that a cheap Bluetooth OBDII reader and a smartphone app does not (for a fraction o the price) ? Just curious. Never herd of these before.
Basically just a more permanent solution. You plug it in, find a nice place for it and that's it. Now you can use your phone for other stuff while always watching your fuel consumption if you don't have that gauge or whatever else you want to monitor. This is definitely not for everyone. I'm happy with my Bluetooth reader which I really only use if there are issues.
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Basically just a more permanent solution. You plug it in, find a nice place for it and that's it. Now you can use your phone for other stuff while always watching your fuel consumption if you don't have that gauge or whatever else you want to monitor. <snip>
This. In my case I wanted to add several gauges to my truck (RPM, water/oil/trans temp, etc). The ScanGauge provides a lot of these in a compact, plug/play manner that is pretty easy to install.
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What does this offer that a cheap Bluetooth OBDII reader and a smartphone app does not (for a fraction o the price) ? Just curious. Never herd of these before.
For me the main thing is being able to use GPS and monitor MPG/Temps at the same time. There are other potential reasons as well.

For example, take this quote from random internet guy:
"Torque App very weak! Overall a disappointment in the 2 weeks I ran it until the dongle crapped out. Scan time lag was LOOONG! Now running ultra gauge and love it. Scan gauge does a few things differently but not nearly enough to justify the price difference to me. Also got tired very quickly of my phone being tied up on torque."
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thanks op, already have a sg2 but needed the mount!
You mean the double-sided tape?? laugh out loud

I owned my SG2 for years (bought new & direct for $175). I mount it on top of my steering column (Chevy Impala). I usually display KR, Close/Open Loop, Coolant temperature, Engine Oil temperature / pressure or battery voltage.

The cons: painful to enter the parameters
limited data
wish the firmware is available and can be updated by end-users.
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For me the main thing is being able to use GPS and monitor MPG/Temps at the same time. There are other potential reasons as well.

For example, take this quote from random internet guy:
"Torque App very weak! Overall a disappointment in the 2 weeks I ran it until the dongle crapped out. Scan time lag was LOOONG! Now running ultra gauge and love it. Scan gauge does a few things differently but not nearly enough to justify the price difference to me. Also got tired very quickly of my phone being tied up on torque."
You can do this and much more with Torque, also, the user most likely had a cheap knockoff dongle. Get a decent dongle and use your last years model cell phone you have sitting in a drawer at home for half the price and twice the features. Don't cherry pick a single review which used garbage hardware (the app works great and has many more features than this product). You can also use a smartphone as a HUD (reflected off your windshield). I do this and it works very well day and night. I use a small rectangle of window film to make it more visible during the daytime.
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This is not going to work if you have Metromile as your insurance carrier, unless there is a way to also plug the metromile device as well.
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Wow, I had ones of these many years ago to monitor things like fuel level (my fuel gauge was broken) and mpg. Not sure if it's the same now, but back then you had to calibrate it and it was never super accurate. It would always be a couple mpg + or - from my actual as measured by mileage / fill up amount.

Now I use an Automatic, which is a bluetooth dongle that pairs with your phone.
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Would this work on a Prius or a Camry hybrid?
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You can do this and much more with Torque, also, the user most likely had a cheap knockoff dongle. Get a decent dongle and use your last years model cell phone you have sitting in a drawer at home for half the price and twice the features. Don't cherry pick a single review which used garbage hardware (the app works great and has many more features than this product). You can also use a smartphone as a HUD (reflected off your windshield). I do this and it works very well day and night. I use a small rectangle of window film to make it more visible during the daytime.
I believe you, but I don't have a spare smartphone and I'd imagine most slickdealers don't. We tend to sell of stuff we don't use if it has any value.
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The ultra gauge has more options and costs less - much better option for a long term mount. I have one in each of my cars

http://www.ultra-gauge.com/ultragauge/index.htm
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This is not going to work if you have Metromile as your insurance carrier, unless there is a way to also plug the metromile device as well.

They do make OBDII splitters, but reviews are so-so on both devices working correctly.
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I believe you, but I don't have a spare smartphone and I'd imagine most slickdealers don't. We tend to sell of stuff we don't use if it has any value.
Good point, but you can get a fairly nice used phone or tablet on eBay/amazon wherehouse for < $50 (even less for a blacklisted phone) and still save money overall for a far better product.
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