After market trip computers

Submitted: Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 17:43
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Now I am driving a mates crappy old coomodore to work everyday and ity has this great trip computer that calculates fuel usage and distance to g etc etc. .now why dont they put these on 4x4 designed for touring??
Does anyone know if there is an aftermarket equivalent of this that links fuel tank to engine etc and can calculate actual fuel usage and range etc?/ cheers
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Reply By: kookaburra - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:27

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 18:27
hi shows what a good thing commodores are,had a 97 vs reciently with 390000km had full service history which probley helped , had had3 batteries and 1 radiator in its life so far, i dont owne a commodore, regards kookaburra
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Follow Up By: gba1063 - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 19:31

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 19:31
Sold my VN a few years back now, had 440,000 k's on it all original ruuning gear and was still going like dream.
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Reply By: Gerhardp1 - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:04

Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 22:04
I have one of these

www.scangauge.com/

It will do all the trip calculation stuff and more.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 05:25

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 05:25
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Where do you get a scan gauge?
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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 13:29

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 13:29
What kind of car is it in? I checked out the webpage and they have e-mailed me to tell me:
"The ScanGauge requires the vehicle to be either OBDII or EOBD compatible. All vehicles sold in the US and Canada since 1996 have been OBDII compatible."
My local Nissan shop have no idea what any of that means so I wil be interested to see what vehicle you have yours plugged into and what it actually plugs into. does it work for you? Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 14:52

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 14:52
Patrols don't have the OBDII connector, cause they dont sell them in USA,
where OBDII connector was a requirement by US Government....

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Follow Up By: Gerhardp1 - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:48

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:48
Phil, you get it from www.scanguage.com

I emailed the man and he sent it out to me.

Coyote, I have mine in a 98 Jackaroo. Check this site for info on OBDII. www.obdii.com/ I was under the impression that it is a worldwide standard. Not sure why Nissan wouldn't use it, unless yours is earlier than 96

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Follow Up By: Member - Stan (VIC) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:25

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:25
Gerhardp1,

Does your ScanGauge display fuel usage in litres per 100 km or miles per galon?

While they claim that it will work in almost any car with obdii connector fitted it is not a case. One example - id does not work on Prados from 2003 till Aug 2005,
but works on the ones from September 2005 onwards...

Stan
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Follow Up By: Gerhardp1 - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:46

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 18:46
Hi Stan, Either one, it's a user option. Same with speed and temperature.

RPM is RPM though :)
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Reply By: Longreach - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 10:05

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 10:05
Sorry if this wanders away a bit from what you are asking but I like the trip computer on my GPS. It doesn't link to the fuel tank or engine but of course it does link to exactly where you are so the ETA and distances to all the waypoints in the route are interesting, useful and give the kids something to keep an eye on. Helps plan where to stop for the various breaks including where you might stop for the night. With all that info, the fuel bit is pretty easy in combination with the fuel guage and a good knowledge of your fuel tank capacity. Obviously the GPS has lots of other stuff as well.

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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 11:25

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 11:25
I agree wit the GPS comment I use it rpetty much all the time on any trips we do, but I guess I am looking for more accuracy from a trip computer.. I know how many k's I can do out of a tank for example, but for exapmle I've just climed a rnage etc.. then how much extra juice have I used and hence how many les k's can I travle, or say I did 100k's on sand. how much extra juce did I actually use???
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Longreach - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 12:51

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 12:51
Just tried Googleing a bit and found this one OzTrip
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Follow Up By: Gerhardp1 - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:58

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:58
I have a GPS and it is useful for checking speedo versus GPS speed. As a trip computer, the GPS requires too much mental arithmetic for my liking! But it's not a Scanguage!

The scanguage also has plenty of other info available - Battery Volts, Intake air temp, Closed/open loop, water temp, Manifold pressure, current ignition timing, speedo (with adjuster so you can compensate for larger tyres), tacho, etc, etc. But it's not a GPS!

The Oztrip one seems OK but it hasn't got as many features as the Scanguage.

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Reply By: Robin - Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:24

Friday, May 05, 2006 at 15:24
Hi Coyote

Yes the company falcon hack I drive reads out instant fuel consumption
liters left range etc - you sort of wonder why some of the touring
wagons couldn't do better as standard don't you.

Still the figures from the hack and relativily meaningless when
you get into trying to apply them , I use 99lt/100k by time
I get out of carpark for instance.
Some do it better and I have driven a Bm right down to when it
says 6km left before I gave in and re-fuelled.

In my car, a Patrol , its hard enough to even get an accurate
fuel tank reading - when car warms up on the way to work the gauge
can read higher than when I left home, guess because of the heating
of the fuel via return fuel line.
On hills it gets even harder.

I'd be happy to get just this part right and I have tried a few tricks
like re-mapping the sender level via a small micrchip to read
different values and map out tanks funny shapes.

But never really proved more meaning full than the GPS so don't
bother.

The GPS has a value you can set for average fuel consumption and
combined with trip function gives useful results with a bit of
intelligence applied.

Robin Miller
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