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The ScanGuage II by Linear-Logic isn’t just any OBDII scanner — it’s a direct conduit to what’s going on under your hood.  While you could just use it to pull trouble codes or turn off that pesky “check engine” light, it’s really a full featured automotive computer for your 1996 and later car or truck.

Most auto scanners are clunky devices more suited to living inside your tool box than in your car.  But the ScanGuage II’s svelte form factor looks right at home mounted in your dash or center console.  While it provides the usual features of a OBDII scanner — such as reading and clearing trouble codes — it also offers a trip computer mode that displays information like maximum speed, maximum rpm, and fuel used.

It can serve as a second set of gauges — or the only set in the case of my old truck — by displaying real time metrics like vehicle and engine speed.  And it also shows more obscure data such as throttle position, manifold pressure, and fuel rate, which makes it a great power diagnostic tool.

It’s pretty, too: aesthetics-anal car guys will love the fact that you can switch the screen to any of 63 colors to match the rest of your dash electronics.

Street pricing starts around $170.00.

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6 Responses to Bring Real-Time Engine/Computer Data To Your Dashboard

  1. Piett says:

    I have had one of these for almost a year now. It’s great I use the autmotive computer on a daily basis and the scan gauge has help me diagnose a few hundred dollars worth of minor fixes.

    They often turn up on auto club forums as group buys and you can snag one for as low as $130.

  2. Rick says:

    I have had one for a few months. Wonderful little tool. Pays for it’s self witht he first check engine light. It takes atank or 2 to get the MPG calibrated. definitely reccomend for a motorhead/eco friendly/car with problems. Only for 1996 and later cars.

  3. Dan says:

    Anything similar for OBD I engines?

  4. Adam says:

    I was told by a quickie-lube mechanic (yes, contridiction in terms, i know) that using an OBDII scanner on a car while the car was driving would “destroy the computer”. While I have known of several products designed to do that that have been out since the late 90s, I’ve never heard, or found, any evidince that that is true in ANY OBDII car.

    Has anyone heard anything / experianced anything like that? Even a story told by a friend-of-a-friend of the guy who had the problem?

    I’ve been drooling over a laptop-based OBDII scanner / black box-type hardware/software combo for a few years. I think i’m going to break down and buy it now. something like this.

  5. Nordmann says:

    What kind of lame statement is “destroy the computer”? Its not really a computer in the since of the one your using to read this, its dedicated hardware that is monitoring systems. I have no proof to say it won’t “destroy the computer” but I wouldn’t worry about it. If a company is making a device to be connected to the computer at all times then its unlikely it will break anything.

    I think the bluetooth model linked to by Adam is pretty cool. I could go for one of those.

  6. Adam, the guy didn’t know what he was talking about. The embedded computer is designed to communicate while the engine is running, for a variety of reasons. The ScanGauge and other instruments are designed to operate while the car is on the road, offering live display of engine and drivetrain conditions, and in some cases, letting you edit the operating parameters in real time.

    I’ve spent a fair amount of time behind the wheel, while my friend Chris sat in the passenger seat with a TECH-2 plugged into my car. Manually locking up the torque-converter clutch is a hilarious way to chirp the tires on any grocery-getter’s 1-2 shift, though it’s hard on the tranny. Whatever you do, stay out of the “airbag test” menu. (We did make our way to an empty parking lot to play with the antilock brake solenoid test menu, but it refused to operate unless the gearshift was in Park. Oh well.)

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