As a techno-weenie, it's my nature to be intuned with a lot of cool gadgets. This little peice of magic, I think, would be great for the pure car enthusiast looking to get the most out of his/her vehicle.
It's called the CarChip. Some of you may have heard of it. It's a small device that plugs into the OBDII connectors and it records data from 4 of 23 available engine parameters with intervals anywhere from 5 to 60 seconds. The parameters are:
Air Flow Rate
Fuel System Status
Intake Air Temperature
Short-term Fuel Trim
Long-term Fuel Trim
Intake Manifold Pressure
Oxygen Sensor Output Voltage
It was originally designed as sort of a deterrent for people who might be tempted to drive unsafely. But i think a good off shot of that is cheaply monitoring engine performance, without having to go to a garage.
Does anyone know where the OBD 1 port is at in a 1G?
The little blue thing right near the peddals. All cars built on or after Jan 1, 1996 are required to have OBD2 by federal law. Some earlier models did have it, but were not compliant. http://www.obdii.com/obdii.html