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I just found this little gem for sale at one of my favorite websites

http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/8426/

How about that for a schweet little add-on for the ****pit. I was used to having a display similar to this in my Grand Cherokee. It had a nice trip computer which showed items like fuel economy as well as gauges for voltage, oil pressure and stuff like that. As much as I like my E, I'm always wanting more information about what's going on under the hood. That little temp gague just doesn't cut it for me.

If I end up getting one of these guys I will be sure to post pics and opinions. The compulsive bargain shopper in me just needs to check around for better prices first ;-)
 

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Nice find. So it's powered by and gets all its data from the OBD-II port? Since it probably can't sense what gear the tranny is in, I assume it estimates engine load and MPG from manifold pressure?

I soooo want one.

PDF SGII manual at the ScanGauge Web site.

The ScanGauge site sells direct but for the same price as ThinkGeek. Guess $170 is MSRP.
 

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let us know if you get one and how well it works!
 

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OMG I want one of those so bad! One of my few complaints about the E is that it does not have a trip computer like some of the other newer cars that I have seen. I really might need to get one, especially if it can be taken out of one car and plugged directly into another without any reprogramming or anything.
 

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Welllllllll... it will probably not give you MPG with the E, or if it does, it will be a wild guess at best. Many carmakers put "extra" information in the OBD-II data stream which can be used to derive MPG, but Honda isn't one of 'em - we just have the minimum data points required by the EPA.

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Welllllllll... it will probably not give you MPG with the E, or if it does, it will be a wild guess at best. Many carmakers put "extra" information in the OBD-II data stream which can be used to derive MPG, but Honda isn't one of 'em - we just have the minimum data points required by the EPA.

:-(
oh, well that sucks. I only want one if it is going to give me accurate info. :-|
 

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MikeQBF said:
Welllllllll... it will probably not give you MPG with the E, or if it does, it will be a wild guess at best. Many carmakers put "extra" information in the OBD-II data stream which can be used to derive MPG, but Honda isn't one of 'em - we just have the minimum data points required by the EPA.

:-(
Maybe just the E...cause it's in my Accord ;-)
 

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I have little knowledge of my engine and was wondering where this is located >>>OBD-II port<<<. If it is an easy installation I just may have to order one!

EDIT: Never mind. I just saw the price I miss-read earlier. I will have to pass.
 

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lwclancers said:
Maybe just the E...cause it's in my Accord ;-)
Your hybrid doesn't count because the MPG readout is a marketing feature. It has nothing (or little) to do with the data that's available through the OBD port.
 

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Dh would love this in my E!
 

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I have had the ScanGuage I for quite some time now. It predates my E. I am thinking of putting a velcro mount in the cubby by the stearing wheel. I also use it to read codes off of my older cars. That way I can fix simple stuff like exhaust manifold O2 sensors myself.
 

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Anyone know the location of the OBDII plug? I can't find it in the Service Manual.
Your right knee almost points at it when you're in the driver's seat, right of the fusebox and slightly towards you. It resembles a Centronics-type parallel printer connector, but in our E's it's facing downward which makes it a little hard to spot.

By law they're supposed to be easy to locate... :twisted:
 

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Thanks. I went ahead an ordered a ScanGaugeII.
Let us know how it works out.
It looks like it gives me all the information my Passat provides (built in / standard) plus a few more (error codes). Very useful stuff.
 

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Looks like my credit card is gonna get a little work. One of my very few complaints about my E is the lack of engine management info. What a neat idea, plugging into the OBDII jack!
 

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Thanks. I went ahead an ordered a ScanGaugeII.
Now, why doesn't that surprise me!

Very cool, should be a nice edition to your already amazingly mod'd E

-Dan

(I'm thinking I may be next with the credit card out!)
 

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It's been like a week. Has anyone install one of these yet? :cool:
 

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MikeQBF said:
Welllllllll... it will probably not give you MPG with the E, or if it does, it will be a wild guess at best. Many carmakers put "extra" information in the OBD-II data stream which can be used to derive MPG, but Honda isn't one of 'em - we just have the minimum data points required by the EPA.
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Anyone know of a list out there that shows what data is in the OBD-II data stream for the Element? Looks like the scan guage can a lot of different data, just wondering how much of it is available on the Element. Thx
 
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