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Question Does anyone use the Scangauge II (merged thread)

Does this thing work? It would be nice to have real time gas mileage readings. Their website says it'll work on my '08. I wonder how many of the gauges work with Subaru (it has the ability for 25).

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We use a Scangauge II, but mostly to read and clear codes... not so much for the mileage readings. I love it, sometimes I wish we had one in each car.


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We have a ScanGauge II installed in both Foresters & in our '95 Neon Sport. You can view the installation write up for our '03 X here & for my '07 FSXT here. I've never used the trip functions. I use the gauges, especially the water & intake air temp. The digital speedometer is nice, give a more accurate reading than the analog OEM. I also like to monitor the air intake temp as well as the coolant temp. The CEL code display & clearing is convenient & can be done on the fly, but it doesn't tell you what the code is, but that's easy enough to look up. The gauge is a bit slow on updating data, so it's not good for tuning if you need live data. The best price I've seen is oneBay.

I attached the manual so you can see what this neat device can do for you.

If buy a used one, make sure it has the newer rubber (soft touch) buttons, the older ones had plastic buttons that rattle. They can be upgraded, but the SG2 needs to be sent in for this upgrade.

To clarify the information on the CEL readout. The ScanGauge II will give you the CEL code (numbers), but not what it means. You have to look up what the CEL code number, unless you know what it stands for. My $400+ scan tool does it all, but for the price of the ScanGauge II, I really can't complain.

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The CEL code display & clearing is convenient, but does not tell you what the code is
It does on mine...

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It does on mine...
I think he means that it displays the alphanumeric code but doesn't expain what the code means.

I have had the ScanGaugeII for several months now and love it. One of my pet peaves with the Forester is that it did not have a trip computer (even as an option). The SGII solves that and more. I often use the trip gauges, from MPG for trip/tank to the miles remaining to empty (forgot... another pet peave with the Forester is the low fuel warning light... you must refuel NOW!). I also like that it tracks the max. reading on a number of metrics (interesting to see that we rarely exceed 3k RPM during normal driving).

I also like the XGauge feature and am anxiously waiting for the Subaru codes to add custom gauges. They are aware of the demand for the Subaru models and they hope to release the info soon. In the meantime, I have gotten pretty good at the instant math to convert the MAP pressure to the equivalent Boost pressure - saved me the cost and bother of a "real" boost guage (not a perfect substitute I know, but I did notice that for the minute while the SGII is still on after the engine has been turned off, you can read the current MAP pressure which should equate to the ambient barometric pressure for proper correction).
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Sorry about the re-hash...I didnt bother to search this subject. I got interested because I saw a show about "Hypermiling" and they featured this gauge. Dude was geting 73mpg tailgating a semi. Pretty cool, but the hypermiling technique seems exhausting and I'm much too lazy.
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He was turning his car OFF on the highway!!! That's crazy!

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He was turning his car OFF on the highway!!! That's crazy!
Ha. You saw the same show. I found the whole segment a bit nutty.
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i love mine, i glance it now a then, monitorin MAP, DC Voltage, IAT, WT


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I often use the trip gauges, from MPG for trip/tank to the miles remaining to empty (forgot... another pet peave with the Forester is the low fuel warning light... you must refuel NOW!).
sorry for the n00b hijack, but i learned from other car forum to search before starting new threads. i've run my new-to-me 05 fxt 4eat out of gas 3 out of the 4 fill-ups since i bought it. today the car only went about 12 miles when the low fuel light came on before sputtering out. while i was waiting for help to arrive, i looked in quick reference guide and read that the car has approximately 2.3 gallons of fuel left. i've been getting about 23mpg so i am confused. is there something wrong with my sensor? at least my fxt is still under full warranty. any thougts?

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sorry for the n00b hijack, but i learned from other car forum to search before starting new threads. i've run my new-to-me 05 fxt 4eat out of gas 3 out of the 4 fill-ups since i bought it. today the car only went about 12 miles when the low fuel light came on before sputtering out. while i was waiting for help to arrive, i looked in quick reference guide and read that the car has approximately 2.3 gallons of fuel left. i've been getting about 23mpg so i am confused. is there something wrong with my sensor? at least my fxt is still under full warranty. any thougts?
Check out this thread for some input on the topic: How many gallon can you fit in your tank when the light is on?

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Check out this thread for some input on the topic: How many gallon can you fit in your tank when the light is on?
thanks. my search abilities are lacking. sounds like at least someone else had my same problem. guess i better get used to filling up every three days.

carry on with the intended topic. :)

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couldn´t get it run on my 99 euro s-turbo.

works quite good in most of our younger cars but mpg or better said litres/100km shows too high values (round 18 litres per 100km but actually it sucks about 13) and horsepower ( X-Gauge) goes mad. or maybe i just don´t feel the shown ~2000 Hp in our Merc Sprinter 313 CDI

tried to set to different headrooms to get more realistiv HP values and 0,3 litres shows what it could be ~130 but sometimes peaks beyond 300 and more

strange thing or doesn´t work it on a turbodiesel?
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How big is this thing? Anyone have pictures of it mounted? I would love to mount one in the subaru gauge cluster housing that goes in the compartment with the clock. It's cheaper and far more functional than the overpriced subaru gauge cluster.

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