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Just what it says it is
on January 15, 2010
I just got it, so these are my first impressions:
1. It works. The complaint about the digits changing so fast you can't read them is BS unless you want to see 23.1 to 23.2 before it shows 23.3; the digits move pretty fast, but not so much that you can't tell what you need to know, i.e. "Boy did I dump the MPG when I did that!"
2. Workmanship and quality appears adequate. Not surprisingly rich-appearing, but not junky-cheap either, more economical but sound. You could break it if you mistreat it, but if you are reasonably careful with it, I don't see a problem.
3. For my vehicle, I have to calibrate it as it will not accurately display the correct MPG with the default fudge factor. So it will take some experimenting to know exactly what that value is. To calibrate it, you make it basically match the EPA rating for your vehicle, but I'd think you'd want to adjust again later based upon actual mileage from refilling your tanks if the variance is significant.
4. The thing is indeed very small (1" high x 2.5" wide x 0.5" thick - I don't think it's that thick!) and light: the approx 1/8" vinyl clad cord's torque will rearrange the readout with the slightest chance, so you must determine where you want it, and stick it down at that spot with some authority. This makes removing and eliminating signs that it was ever installed to prevent warranty issues a bit trickier than I had hoped. I have some ideas though, that I will try when I can.
5. The cord comes out of the right side of the display. This is good if you locate it to the left side, but wrong if you locate it to the right side--like on the console, which seems like a logical choice--see below.
6. The LED segment display is pretty bright. At night, if you run your dashboard lights at their brightest, this won't be a problem, but if you like to run dash lights at minimum, this thing will outshine everything else by a lot of candles! So its location might be compromised by that so it doesn't blind you at night and still is visible with little movement.
7. The buttons are small, and with 2 of them, it would be hazardous to make adjustments while driving, anything more than switching between Instantaneous MPG and Trip MPG and Trip $Gas (Basic Mode's 3 phases) would require either stopping or waiting for guaranteed uninterrupted driving because it might take both hands. Thus perhaps it is better to put it on the console so your passenger can push the buttons when necessary.
8. The cord is 6 feet long, and I'm sure some applications will use all of it. My current location does not, and many will not, so you have to figure out where to route it and how to keep it from hanging down in the area of your brake pedal. I don't think in my case my left foot would get caught in the cord, but it might bother my leg some, and in some vehicles I can see how it could cause an accident. So even more reason to "permanently" attach the cord and again more difficult to avoid any warranty issues by making it invisible.
I'll update if there are any new revelations on it.