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ScanGauge II vs WatchDog?

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by Norton, Apr 5, 2011.

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Which is better, ScanGauge II or WatchDog?

Poll closed May 5, 2011.
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  1. Apr 5, 2011 at 12:21 AM
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    Norton

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    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?

    Scangauge Comparison.jpg
     
  2. Apr 5, 2011 at 7:07 PM
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    Norton

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    Thanks. I did look at the Ultragauge, but discarded it as an option when I read about ABS problems after installing it. Is this still a problem?

    Besides price, what makes it "better than both"?
     
  3. May 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    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
     
  4. May 15, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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  5. Aug 21, 2011 at 4:41 AM
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    anyone who has an ultra gage please post your experience with it. any other feedback is also welcome
     
  6. Aug 21, 2011 at 4:59 AM
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    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.
     
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    I really like the ultraguage. Cheap and simple to use, what more could you possibly want out of an accessory :D
     
  8. Aug 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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  9. Aug 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM
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    You are pretty well just paying for the screen because most of the blue the scan gauge has in its "Performance Guages"
     
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