Mike "Wuzzy121". Rest in peace, brother

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Tacoma Garage > Product Reviews

Notices

ScanGauge II vs WatchDog?

View Poll Results: Which is better, ScanGauge II or WatchDog?
ScanGauge 0 0%
WatchDog 0 0%
Voters: 0. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-05-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
Norton [OP] Norton is offline
Senior Member
Norton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shedNorton is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Norton's Avatar
Air Force: 17D4B w/ assignments in AFCC, AFSC, AFMC, AFSPC, AFRC, USAWC, NORAD-USNORTHCOM, USAFA
Name: Steve
Joined: Mar 2011, #52729
Location: Monument, CO
Gender: Guy
Posts: 1,862
Norton's Tacoma Gallery
ScanGauge II vs WatchDog?

Can anyone help me better understand differences between ScanGauge II (http://tinyurl.com/2zl4no) and Bully Dog's WatchDog Multi-function Performance Gauge (http://tinyurl.com/3vcrt6m)? I've found a fair number of threads/posts about the ScanGauge, but very few about the WatchDog. I recognize the WatchDog appears to have a better display, which comes at a more premium price, but I haven't seen anything that lays-out specific differences and advantages/disadvantages of the two devices.

That said, I assembled the attached table of each device's advertised features/capabilities, to facilitate a side-by-side comparison. Green lines list capabilities that appeared "equal" to me. Yellow shows ScanGauge "advantages". Blue shows WatchDog "advantages".

Is my table complete? (Does either device offer additional capability?)

Is my table accurate? (Are those really differences, or are there more similarities between the two devices?)

Recommendations on which device is better and, more importantly, why?
Is the WatchDog worth the $40-$60 price premium it commands?
Attached Thumbnails
ScanGauge II vs WatchDog?-scangauge-comparison.jpg  
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2011, 12:47 PM   #3
Junior Member
yotalander is on a distinguished road
Name: Mike
Joined: May 2011, #56311
Location: Alberta Canada
Gender: Male
Posts: 6
yotalander's Tacoma Gallery
I've got a scangauge 2, I've been running it for about a month and enjoy it. I haven't read much on the ultragauge, or watchdog. I've programed some of the xgauge functions( distance to empty, egt, altitude in feet(haven't figured out in meters), barometer, liters remaining in tank, bhp ( I don't rely on it, thought it would be fun to program). I find it helpful and after a few tanks I've lightened my lead foot and get about 175-200km per quarter tank. just my .02
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2011, 04:41 AM   #5
Senior Member
hotrod45 is on a distinguished road
Army: medic 5501 hospital
Name: paul
Joined: Mar 2011, #52916
Location: sarasota fl
Gender: Male
Posts: 261
hotrod45's Tacoma Gallery
Cool ultragage

anyone who has an ultra gage please post your experience with it. any other feedback is also welcome
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2011, 04:59 AM   #6
U no kea but AINOFEA!
kauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shedkauaibuilt is one of the sharper tools in the shed
Army: Nurse
Joined: Sep 2010, #43836
Location: LA/SGV
Gender: Dude
Posts: 533
kauaibuilt's Tacoma Gallery
Ultraguage has been on for about 3 months now. No problems. Once calibrated I got right on readings for MPH compared to GPS and MPG's avg went from 13.something to 16.6. Really started watching the guage, especially on takeoffs, and saw my avg start to increase.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2011, 06:22 AM   #7
Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983
Pugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Pugga's Avatar
Name: Mike
Joined: Jun 2010, #39131
Location: Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Posts: 27,446
Pugga's Tacoma Gallery
I really like the ultraguage. Cheap and simple to use, what more could you possibly want out of an accessory
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2011, 12:44 PM   #8
iKill
mgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shedmgrande is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
mgrande's Avatar
Marines: SGT (ret.), 0311, 1st Battalion 6th Marines
Joined: Apr 2009, #15830
Location: Orlando
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,267
mgrande's Tacoma Gallery
I use an app on my android called torque, it requires a bluetooth obdII adapter but it's a pretty great app. Theres a plug in for it that will record video (from dash using car dock) of you driving on the track, while displaying the real time info and having a transparent background of google maps indicating where exactly you are. Really awesome app.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2011, 10:12 AM   #9
Senior Member
Night is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shedNight is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Night's Avatar
Name: Mike
Joined: Feb 2011, #51613
Location: Canada
Gender: Male
Posts: 992
Night's Tacoma Gallery
You are pretty well just paying for the screen because most of the blue the scan gauge has in its "Performance Guages"
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ScanGauge II vs WatchDog vs Ultra-Gauge Norton 1st Gen. Tacomas 25 07-25-2014 03:14 PM
OBD II reader vs. Scangauge II Amo-cat3 Technical Chat 1 02-15-2012 10:54 AM
NEW: Scangauge E reader.. Better than Scangauge II? Airwolf NSX Product Reviews 6 11-27-2011 06:44 PM
Scangauge II CNW 2nd Gen. Tacomas 29 08-01-2011 03:15 PM
scangauge II cole47 1st Gen. Tacomas 4 05-18-2010 07:45 AM


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.