***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Car Connection, by Audiovox, is a wonderful way to be "in touch" with your vehicle. Not only can you maximize fuel economy, you can also monitor your own driving habits, locate your vehicle, and even diagnose performance and mechanical problems before poo hits the fan. That's right. With Car Connection, there's a good chance of finding out what's going on with your car so you'll know before even the mechanic does! (This can save loads of money at the shop, by the way. An educated customer is less likely to be ripped-off in an unethical shop!)
Now that Car Connection is installed, you can access all of your data from your phone! That's right. This baby works with your phone. It doesn't get much more convenient than that! You can track your fuel mileage, see where you've been, and check diagnostic reports.
If your vehicle is already programmed for remote starting, you can control that from your phone, too. (If your vehicle isn't equipped, you will need your mechanic to implement that feature before Car Connection will work in this way.)
However, in the name of being totally transparent, there are some issues my husband made me promise to address. When we received this unit, I was very excited to have it in my Mercedes E350 4Matic. Dan immediately said NO WAY. You see, in some cars like my Mercedes, everything is run electrically, through the vehicle's computer system. These and other plug-in kind of products can cause performance issues in the vehicle because they "slow down" the computer. This means that timing may be off, which while driving, is not a good thing, and may make a car act "funny". So instead, we will be using this on his older, less-complicated, Chevy Suburban. He says that in HIS car, it definitely won't create any issues.
So my advice? Before using this or any other add-on product, be sure to check with your trusted mechanic to see if there may be compatibility issues down the road. For most cars, these will be fine, but for certain vehicles, they aren't ideal.
I would still absolutely recommend this product to anyone looking for an easy way to improve their relationship with their car. That sounds like a silly way to put it, but it's true. Using Car Connection will put you more in-tune with your vehicle, which may just lead to safer, better, more fuel-efficient driving. And when you love your car, your car will love you back. (This comes right from my "car guy" hubby's mouth.) Plus, the text-blocking feature alone makes it well worth the investment!
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