Summary: First, this product is "connected" via the wireless Bluetooth availability on the top-of-the line Garmin GPS systems or the Kenwood Navigation systems (their GPS is made by Garmin). Simple plug your ecoRouteT HD unit into your vehicle's standardized onboard diagnostics port (OBD II).
Pros: Very easy to connect -- plug in, stick on anywhere under the dash. If needed, long plastic ties are included.
Cons: The supplied double-sided adhesive tape to attach the ecoRoute HD to the surface of the front of your dash (near your knees) is a weak adhesive. If it does not adhere to your plastic dash, replace the original tape with 3M VHB "Supermount Tape" found at hardware stores and Radio Shack. It's made ...
Summary: The real-time info is very useful. However, the start-up procedure is very time-consuming, finicky and annoying. It will not properly connect unless I turn-on the Garmin first, then initiate the app, then wait at least 30 seconds before starting my car; then, most of the the time it will do it's job...
Pros: accurate real-time mpg feedback, engine gauges
Cons: cumbersome start-up and initiation of connection, inaccurate graphing, multiple steps to switch to other modes (like View Map)
Summary: I bought this product so I could use it to see if my car has any issue. The product was easy to install, but it was not easy to find a spot for it to be taped or velcro, zip tied to.
Pros: The product showed what I need to know and was able to show me gauges info from my vehicle.
Cons: - Pairing the device was not easy and I was not able to use with the Garmin garage with it, since I have feeling it only allow one paired device at a time. - There was not enough gauges to display - One time device pairing
Summary: This is one great product for those who want to keep a check on ALL engine performance items. I mean all , from eng temp , rpms , air intake temp, timing advance, and a bunch more. Highly recommended, and the service from Crutchfield was awesome.
Summary: Typical Garmin: gimme gimme gimme. My Nuvi 1690 (compatible SatNav needing regular pricey updates) cost nearly 400 quid and this is another 70+ on top, hence 4 stars. However, if you want to preempt engine problems, this is a very useful tool.