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      06-05-2023, 03:09 PM   #1
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P3 gauge still worth it in 2023?

Been thinking about getting this gauge but not sure if it is still worth buying it for the price. I am currently using my tablet and a mhd dongle to see my boost readings but it just is not as clean as the p3 gauge.

Does anyone who has experience with the gauge think its worth the money or is the tablet and dongle combo better?

Also I heard people complaining about the p3 gauge blocking the side view mirror at night? Is that true?

Any help is appreciated I was looking at the awron gauge but unfortunately it's discontinued and I don't want to buy a gauge and have no warranty or support if it fails.
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      06-05-2023, 05:25 PM   #2
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Been thinking about getting this gauge but not sure if it is still worth buying it for the price. I am currently using my tablet and a mhd dongle to see my boost readings but it just is not as clean as the p3 gauge.

Does anyone who has experience with the gauge think its worth the money or is the tablet and dongle combo better?

Also I heard people complaining about the p3 gauge blocking the side view mirror at night? Is that true?

Any help is appreciated I was looking at the awron gauge but unfortunately it's discontinued and I don't want to buy a gauge and have no warranty or support if it fails.

I vote no,

For the price you could put in an android head unit and run MHD logging on that for a clean look...

I would splurge an extra hundred to get a good one but the cheaper ones are available in that $260 price target.

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I vote no,

For the price you could put in an android head unit and run MHD logging on that for a clean look...

I would splurge an extra hundred to get a good one but the cheaper ones are available in that $260 price target.

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I actually bought a android head unit but for some reason the gauges were all messed up. Very small unreadable

Do you know how to go about setting it up or is it different for each unit?
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      06-05-2023, 10:21 PM   #4
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I actually bought a android head unit but for some reason the gauges were all messed up. Very small unreadable

Do you know how to go about setting it up or is it different for each unit?
It should take over the screen just like a phone. I have been using jb4 gauges on my heslead unit but will switch to MHD soon. I think the only downside is that I don't want the head unit to be on the MHD wifi so I will probably run a wired connection. I may split the OBD2 and have a switch between the two connections. (Or that is the plan)

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      06-05-2023, 11:10 PM   #5
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I think the P3 gauge is sick. I plan to get one.

Sure you can get the same functionality for less but tablets and android head units cost money too. I think the implementation of the P3 is super slick and it's easy to read too.

Get it!
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      06-05-2023, 11:34 PM   #6
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I used to run one.
Here's my complaint... the location while eyeing the road.
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I used to run one.
Here's my complaint... the location while eyeing the road.
Does it reflect off the windshield? Thatís something I donít want lol or is it just too bright that itís just annoying to drive with?
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Does it reflect off the windshield? Thatís something I donít want lol or is it just too bright that itís just annoying to drive with?
left hand on the wheel blocks the line of sight of the P3

its bright and there's no reflection issues just not great placement on the left side. Had the same issue on my e60
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Just get MHD Wifi adapter and use your phone for Datalogging, you'll be able to log and see any parameter you want and it's a lot cheaper, plus you won't loose s vent.
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Does it reflect off the windshield? Thatís something I donít want lol or is it just too bright that itís just annoying to drive with?
At night time if you're just going to be paying attention to whether there is a reflection or not, there is one. It's never impeded my driving in the least though and I've always liked mine.
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