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Old 03-06-2012, 06:52 PM   #11
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I have tried two different cables, and both connectors are too large to allow the door to close when plugged into the OBDII plug.

Did you detach the factory cable from the back of the OBDII plug?
nope.. i opened the obd door so i could see what i was doing... i routed the plug and cord from behind/under the dash and then routed the extra cable up to the steering column... my obd door closes nicely and looks great.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:40 AM   #12
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Would someone with a scangauge be willing to come up with a speed vs mpg curve?
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I traded for an Ultragauge but I could get some results for you. The throttle position plays a big factor in it. If I use cruise control at 40mph and on a fairly smooth road then the instant MPG reads 55-70 mpg. I know at 70+ its hard to get it above 40mpg on the gauge. So I would say the best economical speed is 55mph but it depends alot on where you live.
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I traded for an Ultragauge but I could get some results for you. The throttle position plays a big factor in it. If I use cruise control at 40mph and on a fairly smooth road then the instant MPG reads 55-70 mpg. I know at 70+ its hard to get it above 40mpg on the gauge. So I would say the best economical speed is 55mph but it depends alot on where you live.
Thanks. Yeah you'd have to find some flat roads, pick a mild day, run for a few minutes at each speed and then do it in the opposite direction to negate the effects of grade / wind. But if you could develop a curve with those "scientific" controls you'd probably have quite a few grateful folks on here...
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Thanks. Yeah you'd have to find some flat roads, pick a mild day, run for a few minutes at each speed and then do it in the opposite direction to negate the effects of grade / wind. But if you could develop a curve with those "scientific" controls you'd probably have quite a few grateful folks on here...
Yes, I would love to see such a curve!
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The TORQUE app on my android phone along with a Blutooth OBDII reader and I get the same result for like 30 bucks on ebay...
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:17 PM   #17
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The TORQUE app on my android phone along with a Blutooth OBDII reader and I get the same result for like 30 bucks on ebay...
What bluetooth reader do you use?

I hear there are problems with newer Fords using the cheap ones.

Seems like 50-50 chance of problems.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:23 PM   #18
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I got my Scangauge II in yesterday, and let me say if you don't have one.. I highly recommend it. I have already improved 1mpg (city driving) in less than 2 hours of having it installed. I didn't think the thing would pay for itself like the company says but I believe now. It costs double than the Ultragauge but I didn't like the negatives on this forum about it draining battery, so I didn't take the chance.

Anyway, what I've learned is when you have a steady foot on a relatively smooth city highway without a lot of stopping, the car @ 40mph gets 48mpg average. I am going to test the highway portion today to see what the best speed above 50mph should be.

In the city:

Acceleration from a stop in first gear (auto) nets around 7mpg average.
Acceleration in 2nd gear usually averages 13-15mpg.
Acceleartion in 3rd will put it up to 25mpg.
And fourth gear will get you 30+ and long range without stops will easily get you 45+ mpg.

The thing really teaches you how to get the best mpg out of your car (since you are eyeballing it most of the time). I am hoping to up my city average to 35+ from 29.

Its super easy to program the x-gauge feature and I had no problems cycling through to get to where I want. I have not tried the tank trip feature because I am far away from another fillup.

The only downside is with the Focus OBDII cover, it doesn't snap on to the rest of the dash, its kind of attached to the dash and doesn't come off. I can live with it just hanging down as its not really in the way of much. If anyone has a better idea then I'm all for it.

Routing the Scangauge is easy if you put it right below your gas/temp gauge, you can simply stuff the remaining wire below the steering wheel. Anyway, I'll post more feedback on the highway mileage later on.
i accessed the port from under the dash... fed the scan gauge wire under, plugged it in and pulled it up inside the dash and mounted it w/ velcro on the soft part of the steering column.... the OBD cover closes and fits fine... no wires no loose cover... I've had the scan gauge since i had my other focus and really like it.....
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #19
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I have tried two different cables, and both connectors are too large to allow the door to close when plugged into the OBDII plug.

Did you detach the factory cable from the back of the OBDII plug?
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no i didn't disconnect or detach anything... my 'plug' fits fine under the dash into the OBD port w/o any problems.. my scan gauge is several years old so maybe they changed the design of the plug? my plug is sort of L shaped.
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i accessed the port from under the dash... fed the scan gauge wire under, plugged it in and pulled it up inside the dash and mounted it w/ velcro on the soft part of the steering column.... the OBD cover closes and fits fine... no wires no loose cover... I've had the scan gauge since i had my other focus and really like it.....
Can you get pictures of your 2012 with the scangauge/ultragauge plugged in and the cover closed? I just looked at it and there doesn't seem to be a way to do that unless you move the OBDII connector.
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