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Product Focus: Garmin ecoRoute HD Vehicle Diagnostics Communicator

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If you have a Garmin Nuvi GPS receiver and a car, you need one of these. This cable links your car and your Nuvi unit and allows them to talk to each other and do some pretty cool things.

For one, it can show you a graphic view of your fuel economy:

It shows you your last couple of hours of driving, miles per gallon, even cost of fuel and carbon footprint. Whether you’re trying to drive greener or even going after hypermiling challenges, this is a great way to improve your driving.

The ecoRoute HD can also show you highly detailed engine gauges:

It turns your Garmin Nuvi unit into a multi-featured display that can even tell you what problem is causing your check engine light to come on. Sometimes, it can be something simple, like a fuel cap being left off, and knowing that can keep you from having to make a trip to your mechanic. But you’ll also know the potential scope of the problem and if you need to take it to a mechanic for something more serious.

Installation is easy, one end plugs into your car’s diagnostic port, often under the dash near the pedals. It then communicates with the Nuvi unit using bluetooth. Even if you don’t need your GPS for the drive, the ecoRoute HD cable keeps track of your driving performance so you can check it the next time you power up the Nuvi unit.

The one potential drawback to using the ecoRoute HD cable with your Nuvi is that with the large graphic display of so much information, it can be a distraction from driving. Better when used by your passenger to tell you what the gauges say, or check your stats when you arrive at your destination.

0 Responses to Product Focus: Garmin ecoRoute HD Vehicle Diagnostics Communicator

  1. E R Hartlaub February 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Will work with 1380lmt? Thamks

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