I went to lunch with a friend today and noticed he had an Ecometer made by Autometer mounted in his RAM 1500. He bought it primarily to moniter fuel economy. I really liked the 4 simple features this had to offer and the clean design of it, so when I got home I searched across the forum for "ecometer". Well after doing the search I also came across the Ultraguage.
Now there seems to be a few people that have used the Ecometer in their Frontier, but they don't seem to be very active on the forum so it might be hard to get in touch with them. When I came across the Ultraguage, I did another search looking for this and found that most of the post were related to the group buy earlier this year.
I've haven't had much luck in terms of finding a decent review for either of these meters except the old "I love this thing!" review with a few people having an occasional problem with the meters. In my opinion that doesn't really help much. I have even looked on youtube, and watched videos about both but never one used in a Frontier.
Now I am aware Ultraguage has a lot more features and is slightly cheaper than the Ecometer, but I'm looking for peoples insight from personal use of one or the other. I'm curious to know how accurate either one of these are. Any insight would be appreicated. If people prefer one over the other I'll probably look at getting one here in a week or two after I sell back my textbooks to the University for a fraction of the money I spent on them.
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I can't imagine the why the Ecometer not being compatible with all Frontiers from '05 to present. I wouldn't think the computers were or any different between the years since they are pretty much identical trucks. Between 4 and 6 cylinders yes, but from the looks of it both meters have selectable programs for different size engine.
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I also found that while I was searching for the Ecometer, but a $170 price tag is a little high. I was looking at the Ecometer and Ultraguage because they are both about $70. It just seems the ultraguage is almost to good to be true. And there are reviews out there but it doesn't seem to be to popular from my findings. And at least the Ecometer is made by a well known and recognizable brand, even if it is hardly used by some people.
Zoomzoom, have you had any problems with yours? And what's your opinion of it besides having so many features for the same price. Does it seem to be pretty accurate in regards to fuel economy and fuel tank readings?
Ecometer owner here in an '09 4Cyl auto. $170 is stupid high - they are new on ebay for $65-$70 (shipped) all day long. After owning it for a few months, I'd probably have to consider it a novelty item. If you are serious about getting better MPG, you can learn from it by adjusting your driving habits. (slow, slow starts from a dead stop, learning how to better feather the gas pedal when driving, etc). On instant mode, I've seen .08MPG pulling the JetSkis out of the water, up the boat ramp. I've also seen 144MPG, albeit for only a few moments downhill at highway speeds. I average 26.6 MPG with 90% highway driving at 65-70 MPH in my flat plains.
My biggest complaint is the LED display is not adjustable and is too bright for my liking at night. Borderline obnoxious.
From an Ecometer owner - go with the UltraGauge for tons of more features or alternatively the ScanGauge II, since it matches our amber dashes.
I haven't really seen any negative reviews for either but just occasional problems with them when installed in various vehicles including the frontier. I wasn't sure if these problems were continuing or just a freak thing.
Thanks guys for your review. I never would have figured the Ecometer would be that bright but when I saw it in my friends truck it was midday. I'm assuming the UG gives off a nice blue glow in the cab at night.
Does the UG seem to be relatively accurate in terms of MPGs and DTE and other fuel related readings? From what I've seen it seems like you have to enter some fuel information in the UG during setup.
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