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 after yet another 30-seconds or so of waiting.
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: The ecoroute HD was instantly recognized by my garmin (2595lmt) via bluetooth and have had no issues since installation. The guages are a very cool, neat feature for the gearhead/car lover. I have tried to improve my MPG fuel economy based on the instant information presented to me via the HD receiver (i.e. I notice my chronic "lead foot/ hard breaking more than ever) and think I saving a little money...too soon to create a real pattern.
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). Turn on your car, follow the directions provided to link up with your Garmin unit.
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 for "Hi-temp/Hi-strength."
Summary: It is great to know that the ecoRoute HD diagnostic tool can reset your check engine light. But, it's another thing to know how! I'm using my ecoRoute HD with my Garmin Nuvi 3790LMT GPS. The check-engine light has been illuminated on my 2006 Chrysler Pacifica for about 2-weeks now, but engine performance has been normal. I got the ecoRoute to pair with my GPS with relative ease. The OBD-II code displayed by the device was P0456 (Evap System Small Leak).
Pros: Does what it says it will do. Provides good information about your vehicle, and resets the check-engine light.
Cons: Owner's manual is very weak and could be more helpful!
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. Fast shipping, and a heck of a lot lower price than straight from Garmin.
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. A longer cable would be useful as it just dangles in the footwell and the provided sticky pads are destructive when removed.