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CES 2010: Garmin News Leaks ahead of show
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gatorguy6996
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh. . . That is a good idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
darrengsaw wrote:
Not sure I could be bothered to connect my nuvi to the car's brain, how simple actually is it to do, does it really give any benefits?

Very simple, the OBDII socket is normally under the steering wheel and easily located. It's the socket that the dealer connects their diagnostic information to.

There are already some nice gadgets for OBDII. I have a ScanGauge on my dash which reports all manner of data.

So the Garmin solution is fairly simple, the socket is always by necessity accessible and so the cable is easily connected but a Bluetooth solution would have been neater requiring less cables which I hate.


got a scangageII well worth it and good for problems to, as it will display the error code. works with most any care that has OBDII
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True. Most of Saab's advertising now about aircraft roots is baseless , but a few good ideas did used to filter through (pilot workload is a major concern in avionics and cockpit design).

We have a Kenwood 5220 in my wife's car and one of the best features is being able to turn off the display altogether at night (even though it dims of course). Makes a huge difference if the screen is not needed (audio all still works), far less distracting and less tiring on the eyes.

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I called Garmin yesterday to ask where the Ecoroute HD module was for UK. He had no answer and when I asked if I imported one from the US would it present any problems and he said no. Makes you wonder why they don't just sell them here if it already worls then.
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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Save yourself the bother, there are IMHO better solutions for accessing the ECU data.

If Garmin allowed more configuration then it could be OK but as it stands they have not taken full advantage of it.

I have a Scangauge which is very good and am currently experimenting with a build-yourself kit that consists of a GPS, OBDII reader, SD Card logging and a small LCD that displays the parameters of your choice.
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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the OBD-Key Bluetooth unit from Here it works in conjunction with a PDA or PDA based mobile phone/ LapTop etc, there are other versions to work with the iPhone and even a cheaper cabled (USB) style unit, comes complete with all the software and offers datalogging in addition to all the normal ECU reader/ reset functions - Mike
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