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Old 04-27-2018, 08:52 PM   #31
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I wonder if a driver profile could be used in a court of law?
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:57 PM   #32
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Let me tell you my experience about these devices. I was a driver for my employer and they decided to add these to help enforce against employee speeders using fleet vehicles. Definitely good intentions from that standpoint. However... highway US19 was under construction for a few years and they kept shifting the roadway lanes over about 50 yards or so while building overpasses. It just so happens that US19, in the area I drive, has frontage roads with 35 MPH speed limits. So guess who got busted for doing 20 over the limit? They recorded me doing 55 on a 35 MPH road. Needless to say, my confidence in the system went downhill immediately. I would never allow an insurance company to put one of these on a personal vehicle.
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Old 05-04-2018, 08:06 AM   #33
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Sure enough!

Immediately after plugging in the Metromile transponder my Sprinter began having consistent starting issues where the starter motor wouldn’t crank,

Luckily they offer a 12v plug-in version. Seems pretty clear these ODBII trackers don’t play nice with T1N firmware


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Old 07-24-2019, 04:24 AM   #34
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I use metromile insurance which uses one of these devices. I have these on all my vehicles. I just installed on my 2005 sprinter. No issues to report so far on the sprinter but my 2000 Jetta TDI has had a sensor go bad as a result of plugging the unit in while ACC was on. I think I did this with a scan gauge as well :(

I always make sure car is off before adding/remove these devices now.

The tracker device is pretty awesome in terms of features since there is a connected app.

* GPS tracked so I can spy on my family and find out where my car is.
* Tracks MPG and trip times included source and destination of route with map
* Scans for OBDII codes then sends popover message to phone if code is detected
* Insurance is low as a result of using Metromile as I live in the city and sometimes don't use car for weeks


I do have a few of codes on my sprinter that the device told me about. I think they are legit codes though.

* low boost (fixed)
* open circuit for glow plug
* bad spark plug ( just occurred) ;)
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:22 PM   #35
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I do have a few of codes on my sprinter that the device told me about. I think they are legit codes though.

* low boost (fixed)
* open circuit for glow plug
* bad spark plug ( just occurred) ;)
You have a very odd engine if you have both a bad glow plug and a bad spark plug.
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Old 10-24-2019, 02:42 PM   #36
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soon we will need "Insurance OBD2 Delete" that feeds a data stream of the vehicle going 30mph all day long :)
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Old 11-23-2019, 03:46 PM   #37
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I recall Allstate calling me about installing one of these monitoring devices on my car some number of years ago. I rejected the notion out-of-hand. Now I am MORE certain of my decision. I have enough to fear with my CPUs going bad on their own without this additional risk. I'll let the dealer scan for codes if I have an issue, thank you.
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Old 11-23-2019, 10:49 PM   #38
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I had an insurance monitor from Progressive installed in our old Volvo V70 for a few months. My advice is that unless you never use the brakes don’t bother. It would beep, indicating and recording excessive braking almost every time my foot hit the pedal enough to actually engage the brakes. While I had no accidents, obeyed speed limits, and drove extra carefully and conservatively while this monitor was installed I was granted no discounts.
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