ScanGauge OBD-II computer

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Fuel economy instrumentation is one of the simplest and most effective mods you can make. The ScanGaugeScanGauge fuel economy computer (shameless plug: we sell these here) is the plug-and-play tool of choice for most people who own 1996 or newer North American market vehicles.

Having instant and resettable trip fuel consumption feedback is critical not only for improving driving habits, but for evaluating other mods.

Other aftermarket/commercial options similar to the ScanGauge include plug-in OBD-II scan tools (which may require a laptop to view output), and the PLX Kiwi.

Scangauge costs about $150 USD or second hand market up to $130 USD

If no other modifications are performed on the car a scangauge will allow a driver to change their driving habits to improve efficiency as it gives real time feedback for fuel usage. A instantanious fuel/millage usage meter gives great value when evaluating a new modification or a new hypermilling technique.

Instructions for mod

ScanGauge-II installs in just minutes without tools and does not require batteries or an external power source. All data and power are derived from the single OBDII connection. The detachable 1.8 metre cord also allows ScanGauge-II to be mounted just about anywhere on the dash or console while staying connected to your vehicle.

For more info : Scangauge FAQ and user manuals

X-Gauges Feature

ScanGauge-II as a built in feature which permit the user to add up to 25 gauges.

For more info on X-Gauges : X-Gauge Commands Repertory

User experiences

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User Name Car Make, Model, Year Cost of Mod (USD) Time to Perform Mod MPG Before Mod MPG After Mod MPG improvement guess Instruction Link
Manufacturer data $150 USD 5% - 33% ScanGauge
Weather Spotter Toyota, matrix, 2006 $98 10 Min 32.1 40.1 24.9% Follow the directions in box (plug and play)
Olympiadis Ford, Focus, 2003 $160 2 Hour 27.312 35.75 30.9%
Echo-Francis Toyota Echo 2005 $160 15 Mins Not tested. 20-30% MPG Echo-Francis SG-II

Note: The improvements listed are based on changed driving habits and high numbers will only be possible with hypermiling techniques.

Problems / Consequences of mod

The Scangauge relies on interigating the cars ECU so if a cars ECU has been "fooled" by adjusting sensor inputs the scangauge may not work correctly.


Forum thread links

EcoModder Instrumentation forum

For anyone who says they can't afford a ScanGauge

Echo-Francis SG-II

External links

PLX Devices Kiwi Review