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  •  SCANGAUGE IS THE DEVIL! (35+ / 0-)

    My wife got me one for Christmas a couple of years ago, and it completely ruined my relationship with my truck and to driving.

    I always knew this truck was thirstier than my previous truck, but it was the first new vehicle I had bought in 20 years, and I was pretty stoked. And then the ScanGauge.

    Ugh. I discovered that I could get as much as 19mpg if I never drove faster than 40mph, but beyond that, mpg drops off a cliff. I discovered that if I was in a hurry, I could easily drop the mileage into the single digits. I discovered that--with gas above $3.00 a gallon--It costs $2.00 to drive to the nearest store to buy a pack of cigs; driving to the pharmacy costs $5.00; driving down the road to the neighbors' house to borrow or return some tools costs 10¢, one way, 25¢ round trip. (It's slightly uphill, coming back.) And, finally, I learned that driving to the nearest gas station costs $4.35!

    If every vehicle had a ScanGauge in it, it would change forever peoples' relationships to their cars and driving. It's one thing to do an mpg calculation when you fill up, it's quite another to see how expensive it is to do simple, common, errands in absolute dollars and cents. No one who didn't absolutely need one would ever buy an SUV or Pickup ever again; and any vehicle that got less than 40mpg would be dead on the market.

    The ScanGauge is the devil! Long live the Scangauge!

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    by Wheever on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:00:17 AM PST

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    •  When I got my Hybrid Escape, I got the (5+ / 0-)

      package with the MPG indicator.  Doesn't sound quite as useful as Scangauge, but it really did affect my use of the cruise control (the cruise control didn't care that flooring the accelerator destroyed gas mileage going uphill).  I don't use cruise control anymore, even though that's supposed to help save gas.  I've been trained by my car to maximize mpg.

      •  Mine came with almost everything (3+ / 0-)
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        That includes the MPG readout in the dashboard. I usually keep it set to show me bars; more bars = higher mpg right that minute, and I can see it with peripheral vision most of the time, unless there's sun on the dash and I can't see it at all. My Escape - my first hybrid - taught me how to drive it with that readout.

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        by Kitsap River on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:43:34 PM PST

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      •  MPG is one thing, (2+ / 0-)
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        it's an abstraction where you then have to do a little math to make the connection with money, and it's easy to avoid that if you're inclined to avoid pain.

        Scangauge has a readout that tells you, based upon the gas price you input, exactly how much every little thing you do with your vehicle costs. Do you know how maddening it is to learn that, because one of the 4 people in front of you at the light didn't get off the line in time, you're going to spend ANOTHER 15¢ waiting for it to turn green? That, provided you don't turn off your vehicle, going to the drive-through bank can easily cost 80-90¢? Idling costs 10¢ per minute!

        I mean, yeah, Scangauge has totally changed my driving habits, sure: I NO LONGER DRIVE ANYWHERE IF I CAN HELP IT. Which is hard, because we live in a really rural area so this effectively means I don't go anywhere anymore unless we can take my wife's car. So I'm becoming a gas price triggered agoraphobe.

        EVERY SINGLE CAR SHOULD HAVE A SCANGAUGE! The trauma of seeing what gas consumption costs, in immediate dollars and cents, would change driving habits forever, for the better.

        "'club America salutes you' says the girl on the door/we accept all major lies, we love any kind of fraud"--The Cure, "Club America"

        by Wheever on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:07:57 PM PST

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    •  Honda CR-V here... (2+ / 0-)
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      Mine came with a readout for instantaeous MPG and long term MPG.  By paying attention, I can consistently get 27 MPG driving around town and commuting.  On longer trips I can get up to 33 MPG by using the cruise control.  I'm in Florida so it's mostly flat.

      It has 2 trip meters so I use one for each fill up.  I'm an accountant so I keep  log.  The other trip meter is for long term.  I've gotten 27.5 and better for 15.000 miles before I accidently hit the wrong button when I reset it after filling up.

      I'm actually getting a litle better MPG than what's on the sticker.

      The instantaneous feedback helps a lot.

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      by Josiah Bartlett on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:53:36 PM PST

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