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Old 01-10-2005, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default Scangauge. Any good ? (obd scan tool)

Saw this product in the back of some of my magazines...just curious if anyones used it or what they think of it.

http://www.scanguage.com
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Old 01-17-2005, 10:59 AM   #2
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I actually got it for my birthday. It has some very nice features. Reminds me of a S.E.C.S. unit without all the fancy add-on features. The tool works very well and the refresh rate is up to 2 times a second. For the price it is very well worth it.

The only downside to this product is the case design. The case is way too big for what it is. I took the case apart and noticed that there is a bunch of wasted space. I am in the process of taking the internals out and putting it in to the wasted DIN space in my RS. The front of the tool also looks very cheap, so I am going to paint it silver to match the interior trim pieces.

For a little over a hundred dollars, you really cannot go wrong with this tool that can also clear CEL's.

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Old 06-17-2006, 02:42 AM   #3
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The new Scangauge II is small and has some extra features. I got it last weekend and I REALLY like it. It fits easily into the empty "pocket" I put in the DIN spaced area below my aftermarket single DIN CD/MP3 player, and I ran the cable through the back of the pocket to the OBDII plug where I hardwired it to the back of the plug. Only 3 wires needed: Power, Ground, and Data. Easy. And I can always just grab it to hide it or to use in another car if needed.

The data is super, I get manifold pressure which means I don't need a boost gauge. And I usually have it show Water Temp, Inlet air Temp and MPG as the default. Of course in the trip modes I can show max RPM or in tank mode miles to empty.

Anyway, highly recommended.
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:54 AM   #4
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I looked into the original scan gauge, but it did not tell me everything i wanted to know. I ended up getting a scan master 3. a/f and knock on the first screen. Also tell you your max boost/rpm and does 0-60 1/8 and 1/4 mile times. I fit mine where the clock is.

The new scangauge looks cooler with the multi changing display and smaller size. It also shows fuel consumption. The scanmaster does not though.

I you are looking to tune your car than the scanmaster 3 is for you. If you are looking for a general obdII scanner than the scan gauge would work. I would personally want the readiness monitors though so i can see if i will pass for emmisions

On a side note, another cheaper option is pocketlogger. Use your pda to graph and watch obdII data. He also is working on a version which has the readiness monitors.

Also just remember that if you hardwire in either of the two (sm3 or scan gauge) you will need a way to disconnect them for emmisions tests, data logging, reflashing etc. I have found that just running a switch to the data wire will turn off the SM3 and allow me to data log or reflash. If i forget to turn it off though the data is really garbled and the two items will fight for data and requests (laptop and sm3)

Good luck in what ever you choose.
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Old 06-17-2006, 01:15 PM   #5
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I too think the ScanGauge is a very usefull gadget for seeing 4 out of 12 different sensor readings it's cappable of reading, at the same time, and for monitoring M/Gallon, or trip, or tank. It also does tell you, a pass or fail emmisions test readiness.

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Old 06-17-2006, 03:14 PM   #6
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I too think the ScanGauge is a wery usefull gadget for seeing 4 out of 12 different sensor readings it's cappable of reading, at the same time, and for monitoring M/Gallon, or trip, or tank. It also does tell you, a pass or fail emmisions test readiness.
Does it show each readiness monitor and if it passes or fails or just one pass or fail for all systems?

Also has anyone found any use for the 10 program presets? Like ecu explorer's idle up and down or maybe even saving your Cobb AP real time maps on there?
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Old 06-17-2006, 06:00 PM   #7
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It just shows one pass or fail for all systems. And no "real" use can be had of the readings they are just realtime sensor readings... for info. No dataloging is done (which is too bad) but it does show... Max water temp, Max RPMs, Max speed, Max miles to tank emty, Av. Miles/gallon, Av. miles per trip, ... plus more. Basically its a great gadget for basic info and reading trouble codes and is also able to clear them.
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Old 06-17-2006, 07:01 PM   #8
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You can read the full manual for the Scanguage on the website. They also say that a "ScanGauge II to USB Interface available in August 2006. Allows data logging, field upgrades, data downloads and more." It may be more usable for tuning then. But even as is, at $160 or so shipped it's a nice item. Best deal I found was from Westers Custom Tuning.

What's surprising to me is that even my wife likes it!
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:13 PM   #9
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I have scangauge 1 and I like it. Scangauge2 is superior in many ways: smaller, better looking, USB, potential for logging, custom display color, bigger display, etc.

My biggest complaint is that it takes 1-2 seconds for each parameter to update. This makes it not so good as a "gauge" because it takes so long to update. It's impossible to see your max boost (using the MAP reading) because chances are the parameter isn't updated when you hit max pressure.

I've asked scangauge.com directly to make a "fast gauge mode" that let's you read only 1 parameter but at maximum speed. They took the suggestion and we'll see if it makes it to the next releases.
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:29 PM   #10
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Yes it would be nice'r if it had a little faster displayed/update rate, tho some of the info like RPMs, or boost may not work too well as the numbers would change too fast to read. The peak hold feature for all sensors maybe as good as it can get.
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Old 12-26-2006, 03:35 PM   #11
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Bumping for a quick question.

98 RS

I just got the scangauge II for Christmas and have one question...does everyone's stay on? Mine shows readings for a couple of seconds then the screen shuts off. Only when I push the Home button, does it come back on again, and only then it's a couple of seconds.
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Old 12-26-2006, 04:23 PM   #12
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If it's wired right it should go on whenever the engine is running and stay on until the engine is off about 10 seconds.
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Old 12-26-2006, 05:11 PM   #13
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Bumping for a quick question.

98 RS

I just got the scangauge II for Christmas and have one question...does everyone's stay on? Mine shows readings for a couple of seconds then the screen shuts off. Only when I push the Home button, does it come back on again, and only then it's a couple of seconds.
You may need to change the gauge update rate, Mine will work on all the speeds, ('02 wrx) fast, normal, or slow... but will just shut down randomly on the fast rate,...Very rarely in normal rate, and never on slow exept when it should, after shutting down engine.
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:17 PM   #14
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Thanks guys. I actually found the problem though....and it's specific to 95-99 Subarus (page 20 of the manual I believe).
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:24 PM   #15
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***PROBLEM***

I just got my ScanGauge II, and hooked it up. (Using it in my '06 Mazda 5) It works as stated. However, the backlight does not work. Pushing the HIGH OFF LOW buttons does nothing at all.

I've made two attempts since yesterday at contacting the company, and no email response or phone call return.

If you've had this problem, please speak up...thanks!
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:52 PM   #16
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I'd bet you have the color set to 0 on red green and blue. Thus no light, and it doesn't then matter if it's bright or dim with those settings.

And everytime I've called them, I've gotten right through to the lead engineer.
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Old 07-20-2007, 09:21 PM   #17
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Alan, I've tried almost every combination. At least they have a 30-day money back deal...
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