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farmer888 07-29-2021 10:23 PM

is scan gauge worth it?
I was interested in getting one for my 2003 ram 1500 truck.. I have a overhead readout that I actually find pretty accurate and if reset you can see instant economy. But i'd like to keep a running number for a tank and see the instant like what the scangauge does from what I understand.
Not sure if it's worth the about $200 (canadian) which would buy a lot of gas.


California98Civic 07-29-2021 10:40 PM

Whether it is worth it will depend on how you can or chose to use it. Does your vehicle have a manual transmission?

farmer888 07-29-2021 10:43 PM

No it's a 5 speed automatic. I'd like to use it to see what various techniques can yield for economy. Vs doing it blindly if that makes sense

California98Civic 07-29-2021 10:51 PM


Originally Posted by farmer888 (Post 653365)
No it's a 5 speed automatic. I'd like to use it to see what various techniques can yield for economy. Vs doing it blindly if that makes sense

That's the reason to get one. However, two of the best techniques that the gauge can help you with are not possible with an automatic. Accelerating at optimal load (usually 70%-80%) is generally not possible with an AT. Engine off coasting (in neutral) might destroy your auto transmission. But it will still help you. It just might not pay for itself for quite a while. I have an UltraGauge, which was cheaper. I think the scan gauge also reads troublecodes, like the UltraGauge. If you don't own a scanner or want to bring one with you in the car, the gauge can be really valuable on the road.

Have you chacked out the Torque App? I have never used it, but it would be cheaper, too.

Tbird1983 07-30-2021 01:54 AM

I use a cheap ELM327 bluetooth odb2 adapter and the Torque lite app to monitor everything. You can set it up to monitor just the things you want. i use engine load, instant fuel consumption and average fuel consumption mainly.

farmer888 07-30-2021 06:30 AM

So I have a performance type tuner that came with the truck.. it doesn't work anymore for tuning as it needs to be unlocked, but It has a scanner for codes and it reads engine temp knock sensors, engine load etc. But doesn't have a fuel rate per hour or anything like that.

I will look into the torque pro

JSH 07-30-2021 06:40 PM

Another vote for a ELM327 OBDII adapter and Torque app (If you use android)

2016 Versa 08-10-2021 10:27 AM

I have both and older Scan Gauge and an older Ultra Gauge. Personally I like my Ultra Gauge better because the screen gives me 6 gauges instead of 4 like my Scan Gauge. There are several good things about them other than just fuel economy uses. You can scan the ECU for codes and set up gauges such as ECT, Volts and RPM so you can keep an eye on parameters that possibly don't have factory gauges. I think the price of an Ultra Gauge now is about $80 vs about $170 for the Scan Gauge.

elhigh 08-16-2021 04:50 PM

Torque Pro! Even though my Prius has real time reporting, the Torque Pro allows you to cusotmize the display so you can choose the data that's most important to you. There are plenty of OBDII Bluetooth adapters for about $20; mine is Bafx and works great. For instance, I finally had a real engine coolant temp gauge with Torque Pro, that was a welcome improvement to a guy who grew up with analog gauges and that was always a big one.

How much is Torque Pro anymore? Six bucks? Ten? That plus the adapter, still a small fraction of what the Scangauge costs and every bit as capable.

redneck 08-16-2021 08:24 PM


Scan gauge, ultra gauge and the torque app. user here.

Torque app. is fine but I prefer the ultra gauge.

Opening the app. and Bluetooth connectivity can be a pain in the butt.

With the ultra gauge you just turn the key and it is up and running.

Scan gauge is ok, but has a limited viewable gauges at any given time.

It my opinion a aftermarket gauge is a must and will pay for itself many times over.





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