New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGauge-II

Discussion in 'General' started by peacefrog_0521, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    I checked out linear logic and it seems they have included vehicle specific gauges and possibly some other software.
     
  2. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    The Linear Logic information about vehicle-specific gauges appears to be the same as it was in 2008 when I bought my ScanGauge II. Unless it significantly slices prices >50%, and improves the SGII immensely, the UG beats it hands down.

    To summarize the UG's advantages, it quickly (within a minute) identifies the communication protocol of each car it's plugged into, identifies the number of gauges available, and displays them. I've tried it on Honda Accord, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, and Scion xB. A friend has tried it on a Chevy Colorado. The SGII requires you to tediously program xgauges for the protocol for your particular car, until you get it right. If you have a Prius, or want to display an oddball OBDII parameter like transmission temperature (and have the coding information), the SGII may be a better choice for you. For most users, the UG is much more convenient to use, and costs ~1/3 as much.
     
  3. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Sentra - will it read transmission temp on the Elantra? That'd be the kicker for me.
     
  4. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Nevyn,

    Our daughter borrowed the '06 Elantra, and left us her '00 Elantra. Transmission temp doesn't appear as a gauge option on the '00 Elantra, or on my '06 xB. The gauges are vehicle-specific. The '00 Elantra doesn't display battery voltage or barometric pressure. The '06 xB does.
     
  5. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Thanks. I knew they were vehicle specific; just didn't know if the UG would be able to grep the one from the Elantra. I don't know if the '00 has a temp sensor; it may be something introduced with the '04 year when they did the engine update to get variable valve timing and some other computer tweaks.

    I'll keep my eye on it. Tranny temp is near impossible to get on the Elantra; so if it can grep it then I'd be all over that!
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    heh. grep.
     
  7. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    I like it! Much friendlier word that "grab," and has a cooler sound.

    Wouldn't it be kind of nice if OBD-II had a linux-style interface ability?

    cat /proc/sensors | grep trantemp
     
  8. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Better still: grep -ni
    ...So it's not case sensitive and it lists the line number in the file. :D
     
  9. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    When I get home, I might be able to plug the UG into the '06 Elantra and see which gauges it supports. I'm in New Mexico right now.

    As for OBDII supporting Linux commands, fat chance. Each mfr seems to use a different communications protocol - PWM, VPW, ISO9141, CAN, etc. As of 2008, they're all using a CAN variant, apparently.
     
  10. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Interesting. The 2006 Elantra still doesn't support UG battery voltage display. It also doesn't support transmission temperature display.
     
  11. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Weird. I get voltage on my '04 w/ScanGagueII.
     
  12. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Just reading this thread and I have to wonder how long before the English language completely changes over :D. What with all the abbrev.'s, word mixing etc.
     
  13. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    I just discovered an annoying error in the UG's programming. It inaccurately reports average mph. I displayed it on my third screen, so it only showed up when I manually scrolled down to that screen. On long trips, it usually stabilized to a value in the mid 40 mph range, and that looked normal to me.

    I recently reset the UG's avg mph value to zero before doing some low speed P&G testing. When I got done with a 5 mile test where avg speed should have been about 30 mph, I was surprised to see the display showing a 99 mph average speed. I reset it again and did even slower testing for 5 miles. My display should have been about 20 mph. The UG displayed something like 75 mph average speed for the test. It's so wildly inaccurate, I removed it from display.
     
  14. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Sounds like the built in display of that Acura I drove once. Wayne tells me his Accord acts the same way -- it is the engine off gliding that does that to the tracking.
     
  15. birdpoop

    birdpoop Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Hello! Is the Ultra-Gauge available on e-bay or other popular online stores? Also, reading through the linked Manual, I noticed that it only displays miles and gallons. Anyway of using kilometers and liters instead?
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011
  16. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    It's only available from the linked mfr/distributor website. What you see is what you get. AFAIK, there's no way to display parameters in metric units with the UG.
     
  17. birdpoop

    birdpoop Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    Thanks, Darrell! I'll save up and order one from the mfr and live with MPH and gallons as measurement :)
     
  18. 2009PriusChat

    2009PriusChat Well-Known Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    It does not have customer programmable gauges like the X-gauge of ScanGauge, right?
     
  19. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    That's correct.
     
  20. essaunders

    essaunders Well-Known Member

    Re: New Ultra-Gauge: First Impressions, Quick Hits, and quick comparisons to ScanGaug

    I've got one in my subaru. I don't have it set up well yet - hopefully I can get it so the screens are useful - having something is better than the nothing in the car from before.

    Anyone know if there is a "tank" averge MPG field? I'd like to track each tank mpg -- and would like to have that value reset when i fill. I guess I could use the trip meters for that, but it would be nice to have a distinct tank "trip".
     

Share This Page