Scangauge vs Ultragauge

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Looking for opinions for either the Scangauge II or the Ultragauge. Thinking about buying one for my 2008 GU Patrol CRD 3.0L.

Anyone have any experience with one or both of these units and can comment of their accuracy, reliability and functionality?

Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Nathan.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 16:55

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 16:55
I have the SCANGAUGE II because the Ultragauge will not do the auto transmission temperature which is what I specifically wanted it for.
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 18:05

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 18:05
I just installed a new Ultragauge MX 2 days ago. It does read the auto trans temperature. I looked at both but the Ultragauge wins hands down with a bigger viewing screen, better mounting possibilities, screen configuration and quick gauge changing menu. I previously had a normal Ultragauge EM that did a great job. However I wanted one that could read my auto trans temp and the new model does it perfectly. You can have up to 8 gauges on the screen working at once! Alarms are also programmable for high and low. I have an engine watchdog and have found that the temp readings on the transmission auto are about 15-20 degrees lower. Undoubtedly because the scan gauge is reading the fluid temp whilst the engine watch can only read metal temp(outside of trans box).
Both are as accurate as what is being fed into them from your cars ECU.
Ultragauge is available from USA.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:00

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:00
Bugger, I heard they were working on it but did not realise that it now worked.

i was using one of the Bluetooth Dongles and it seems to have caused the ATF light to come on but since fitting the Scangauge II I have had no more occurrences.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:21

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:21
Bigfish, what vehicle are you running the Ultraguage on please?

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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:48

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:48
2014 Pajero Mick..
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:55

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:55
Thanks mate. Had a look at them and was wondering how they would go in the tuck truck (Tojo 2009 79 ute).

I had been considering getting the Torque App for the phone and using a bluetooth adapter for the OBD port but the Ultraguage looks the ducks guts.

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Follow Up By: PatrollingOz - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 20:51

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 20:51
Thanks for your input Bigfish. I believe the Ultragauge MX was release in October 2014, in the US anyway and now has the ability to read auto transmissions.

From the sounds of it, looks like the Ultragauge is the way to go. Just have to make sure it will be compatible with the '08 Patrol CRD. The Ultragauge's larger display and ability to show more information at one time appears to be leaving the Scangauge II behind.
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Follow Up By: tonywatto - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:44

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:44
Hi All,
I have had an Ultragauge MX1.3 for about 2 weeks now.
Installed on a 200 Series Diesel Cruiser.
I looked at the Scan Gauge as well before purchase.
I like the flexibility of the Ultragauge and have had no issues programming the screens to display what information I wanted using the manual. About $145 delivered from the States
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 17:45

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 17:45
Been running the UltraGauge for well over 18 months now on my Troopy.
It will display about 52 different sensor functions in the Cruiser.
If my memory serves me its is capable of reading up to 400 different sensor functions over all vehicle models.
Obviously it can only read sensors fitted to the particular car its installed on.

Big fish has summarised all the other reasons to buy one over a Scangauge.
A great unit for half the price of the Scangauge.

Mick you should have asked me.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 21:01

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 21:01
John, your vehicle cab is only slightly less complex than an A380 cockpit. I wouldn't have even known you had one amongst all the other stuff ;-)

You're right though, I should have asked. You are certainly winning in the techno-toy stuff.

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Follow Up By: Member - garytee - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 08:17

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 08:17
Bigfish,
Do you know if the MX will show Auto Trans temp on a 2009 Pajero?
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 08:33

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 08:33
Not 100% sure but if you have the OBD11 fitting then I think it should do..
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 08:37

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 08:37
WISH THERE WAS AN EDIT BUTTON!!!

People have fitted it to 2009 pajero,s and they work fine...just checked the pajero forum.

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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:57

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 19:57
Nathan I had a GU3 and from recollection, Nissan were using 'Consult' protocol for onboard diagnostics and not OBD-II. Did this change with the later models? Is the 08 OBD-II compliant?

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Follow Up By: PatrollingOz - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 20:45

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 20:45
Hi Mick,

From the information I have found I believe that Australia made OBD-II mandatory for all petrol vehicle from 2005 and all diesel vehicles from 2007.

I did some digging and you are correct, Nissan did release a OBD-II port for their earlier DI models, however they were using their 'Consult' protocol for access, hence these units did not work.

I will do some further research, but I believe other CRD patrol owners have commented that these units work.

Cheers,

Nathan.
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Follow Up By: Alan S (WA) - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 21:56

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 21:56
Nathan,
I have a 2000 series VI and a scan Guage works fine In it.
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Follow Up By: Alan S (WA) - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 22:20

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 22:20
Damn auto correct , it's a 2008 model series 6
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 16:42

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 16:42
I have a Scangauge II on the 2014 200 series TD......works a treat...seems totally trouble free and reliable (I only wanted the transmission temperature readout - when varied workload and gear shifting modes result in fluid temperature changes, the gauge displays the changes rapidly). The fact that it fires up and shuts down automatically and needs no seperate power supply puts it in the 'elegant solution' class in my book :-).
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Reply By: PatrollingOz - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 17:51

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 17:51
Thanks everyone for their input.

I have weighed up my options and the differences between the 2 units. I have decided to try out the Ultragauge EM Plus. I ordered one from the US for just over $100.

From this forum and the Ultragauge website, it should be able to read and display all the information that I require.

Cheers,

Nathan.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 17:57

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 17:57
Once it's scanned the vehicle and tells you how many sensor parameters are available it's pretty easy to set it up with what info you want and how you want it displayed.
Easy to change if you want at anytime.


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