Garmin EcoRoutes ESP module turns your GPS into car sentinel

 
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If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

That's awesome, i will buy

That's awesome, i will buy this accessory.

neat

i was always used to gauges on my car. Now my new one has dummy lights, this will be cool. Def gonna look into it.

Price point

This will be the make or break for this. And, if they're going to use the OBD-II diagnostics port, it would be nice to see a read-out on the screen when your "check engine" light comes on. That would be worth it.

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

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I would strongly recommend that if you're considering purchase this device you wait at least 2-3 months after it's been released. Two reasons. First, I'm positive there will be bugs with the device. So let other people be the guinea pigs and work out the bugs. Second, Garmin likes to overprice new items. The price normally drops after a few months.

Overpriced is right!!

GadgetGuy2008 wrote:

Second, Garmin likes to overprice new items. The price normally drops after a few months.

I know what you mean, I bought my first GPS, a Nuvi 750, for $599 and saw it go down a couple of months later to almost nothing compaired to what I paid.

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

Hear that!

First adopters pay more... which is why I'm not. 'nuff said.

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Ouch

Juggernaut wrote:

First adopters pay more... which is why I'm not. 'nuff said.

Same here...

It's called the bleeding edge for a reason.

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Nuvi 2595LMT, Nuvi 1490T, Nuvi 260, GPSMAP 195

That is so cool. I'll get it

That is so cool. I'll get it for sure!

wow

wow!
all i can say

smile

How much it cost?

How much it cost? grin

Cost

According to the article, we won't know until January 2010.

100% right.

100% right.

I was thinking ...

Well it all looks interesting. I think it will be a good idea once the bugs have been worked out and the price drops to a more reasonable price.

I was just thinking whether plugging something into the diagnostics port will void the warranty on your car?

Any thoughts?

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Very cool!

Very cool!

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Maps -> Wife -> Garmin 12XL -> StreetPilot 2610 -> Nuvi 660 (blown speaker) -> Nuvi 3790LMT

Good Question

ajhope wrote:

I was just thinking whether plugging something into the diagnostics port will void the warranty on your car?

If you go to get the car serviced or are in a state that does emissions testing, they already plug into this port to find out what's wrong with your vehicle or confirm proper operation. That's short term and with the engine at idle. Not sure about a continuous connection at varying operating speeds though.

I'd suspect it shouldn't cause any problems or void the warranty, but that's another reason to wait before making the purchase...

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Nuvi 2595LMT, Nuvi 1490T, Nuvi 260, GPSMAP 195

Very cool!

Just go buy a scangauge from JC Whitney for 159.00 and it does all and more plus reads and clears codes. You can also switch it between diff vehicels with just an extra cable.. I use one for my mh and jeep.

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Nope

ajhope wrote:

I was just thinking whether plugging something into the diagnostics port will void the warranty on your car?

Any thoughts?

If plugging a unit into the diagnostic port voided a warranty, then any service done outside a dealership would void the warranty. That's why it's a STANDARD interface connector.

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More information at Engadget including price

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If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

But will it work on your car?

A lot of these "gauges" work for generic readings, but don't read vehicle specific codes.
Check to see if the device website has a list of supported vehicles and make sure your vehicle is listed.

Here's the compatibility standards

TITNTUFF wrote:

A lot of these "gauges" work for generic readings, but don't read vehicle specific codes.
Check to see if the device website has a list of supported vehicles and make sure your vehicle is listed.

On the second link just above, they say

"Compatibility

ecoRoute ESP will work on all vehicles manufactured after 1996 in the US (1998 in Canada) with the following ODBII systems: J1850 VPW, ISO 9141-2, J1850 PWM, KWP2000, ISO14230, CAN"

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Nuvi 2595LMT, Nuvi 1490T, Nuvi 260, GPSMAP 195

No Bluetooth

I'd get it if my 265 had Bluetooth. I guess I'll have to wait until I get a new GPSr.

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1xxx Only

It looks like the ecoRoutes module will only work with the Bluetooth enabled 1XXX models:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/06/garmin-ecoroute-esp-modul...

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, DriveSmart 61, Garmin Backup Camera 40 and TomTom XXL540s.

That's silly of them

My 775T has the ecoroute, and BT as well. It would be silly to cut themselves out of a market by only having this for the 1xxx series. This is only a SW / FW update to get it to work anyways.

Come on, Garmin. Think about this...

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

I heard the cost will be

I heard the cost will be $150 for the cable that connects to your NUVI.

Cable?

I thought the part that plugs into the car had no cable but used bluetooth to comunicate.

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Allan Barnett - Garmin nüvi 885T/765T/Pharos GPS (bluetooth) w/MS Maps on PPC