I don't have Bluetooth built into my 2007 Honda, but I still listen to Music via Bluetooth in my car. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018E0I01I/ Can either plug it in via 3.5mm audio or use the FM transmitter if you don't have a jack in your car.
Had Bluetooth in my car without it being built in for a decade or more. It's really a non-issue.
If you ever get in a future accident (hope you don’t) have you figured out how you’re going to show the video? Like would you show cops the video on-scene immediately, potentially giving them hours of other video of your driving, or wait and only use it if you have to?
Edit: The “Amazon’s choice” dash cam I just looked at has an internal mic, too. So if you’re on the freeway singing or spittin’ fire along with your favorite artist (“Move, bitch, get out the way!”) when you get in an accident, they’ll hear that too. It shouldn’t matter, but keep it in mind.
> some dash cams can record even with the car off
I've got one for like $100 off Amazon that has this security feature. Quite handy for everyone imho.
Well it says Rexing dash cam on the bottom. They aren't cheap but seem like legit products https://www.amazon.ca/Rexing-Dashboard-Recorder-G-Sensor-Recording/dp/B00X528FNE
Most of their cameras use Sony sensors which are some of the best (if not the best) on the market.
Anyone looking to follow this, choose your Bluetooth adaptor carefully. I've gone through about 4 before I found one that actually had good audio quality. This is the one I settled on and it's been great, supports aptx and sound quality is great: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009NLTW60/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_NIpTAbKQEB5GE
Just so you know there are much cheaper alternatives to the Bluedriver. I personally use this one and it provides all the same stuff the Bluedriver provides for 1/5 the cost so you only have to work an hour and a half.
I have a Rexing Dash Cam and I like it a lot. You just run a cable from the cam to an aux port in your car and it does everything else for you. It records on a loop, so if nothing is saved from previous driving time, it goes back and deletes that data so you don't have to worry about your SD card getting filled up. Just turn your car on and you're set.
Not that you'd have the time to fix it yourself(or even be allowed to) but if you're curious you can get an ELM 327 ODB Bluetooth code reader for like $20.
This is the one I got. It's a true ELM 327 reader and not some Chinese reverse engineered hacked together crap. I keep it plugged into my ODB reader all the time.
The reason these are so cheap compared to a professional shop reader is because the reader is just an interface and knows how to talk to the computer. It just "translates" and passes stuff along to your phone/tablet which does the real heavy lifting. Torque Pro or Forscan(for Ford/Mazda) apps on your phone. You'd at least be able to see "oh shit, low oil pressure" or "shit water temps are through the roof, that's why it wont go above 95" so I'm about to be sitting on the side of the road for an hour. Or if it's just like some random dead O2 sensor or an occasional misfire on a cylinder or some vacuum leak that's making it run weird. You'd at least have some peace of mind.
Fwiw this is the one I have. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X528FNE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_rhC-CbN4WBC3M
I don’t have any complaints but I’m looking for a new one that can WiFi sync to my phone so I don’t need an adapter to plug the micro sd card into my phone.
This bluetooth'd my car inexpensively.
Nulaxy Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter Radio Adapter Car Kit W 1.44 Inch Display Supports TF/SD Card and USB Car Charger for All Smartphones Audio Players https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018E0I01I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_PTeJAb5BFVKHY
Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam 2.4" LCD FHD 1080p 170 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder with Sony Exmor Video Sensor, G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X528FNE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_OZ39AbBF7VJC5
I know I've seen this one at Walmart before: https://www.amazon.com/Nulaxy-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Handsfree-Voltmeter/dp/B018E0I01I/
I think the one at Walmart had a different brand name, but was identical looking to this. Syncs up to the phone via bluetooth, and then you can either transmit to your radio via FM or through an Aux cable. Also supports SD cards, so you can load audio files on one of those and play directly off the unit.
You can actually buy them now, they're called smoke buddies. That thing saved my life when living in a dorm, it's incredibly effective.
Amazon link here
I just dealt with this issue myself by using a ground loop isolator on the headphone plug part:
This actually just arrived about an hour ago and appears to have solved the problem entirely.
My setup now is BoomPro > headphone/mic splitter, headphone plug goes to this isolator which goes to my Monoprice DAC/Amp, mic plug goes to this little USB adapter which made the mic louder and clearer.
I was dealing with some noise and volume issues in the mic, and some noise in the headphones, and these two things have fixed both of those and made the mic sound much better. The ground loop isolator cut the headphone volume by about 20% (just guessing, haven't measured anything) but I had plenty of room to turn up my amp to account for that and still am only at like 60% output volume.
Personally, the lack of a headphone jack annoys me a fair amount. It's manageable, but i haven't bought any adapters for it and i find myself wanting to listen to things at work when i need to be charging the phone. Better planning for charging my phone (i usually don't bother until I'm at work) or like i said, buying an adapter would help the issue. It's annoying that i need to spend money to solve a problem created by a crappy design choice in the first place, but the options are cheap enough i suppose.
In your case, something like this car Bluetooth adapter should solve your problem for less than $20. The one I've linked has a ton of decent reviews, so i think it should be a safe bet. The bottom line is the lack of a headphone jack is annoying and stupid. But overall it's a good phone and it's manageable enough that you can overlook the stupid shortcoming.
Edit: spend a few more bucks and get what u/funmonkeydisease suggested below instead. It'll probably sound better/clearer.
Here is mine: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X528FNE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I say 100 bucks will get you well made tech.
I bought this one. It has a wide angle lens, G-sensor (saves recording in a crash) and it’s easily mounted on the windshield, also, the shape of the dash cam makes it possible to be discrete.
Edit: It’s expensive but there are other models that are cheaper but may lack some fancy features. The key is to have a dash cam, be it a $300 gizmo or a $20 Walmart special, anything will help in an incident.
I'm just a tinker too, but if he doesn't have a scan tool to reader error codes, look at the new Bluetooth sets. Plug in to the OBD2 port and download the app to you phone. Get all the codes and internet research in one, plus see engine manager info on some models.
They're not expense and are available on Amazon. This is similar the one I have. and there are a lot of options out there.
Some fixes that people in past threads had:
> Get some electrical contact cleaner (I used this), spray a little bit in each side, roll/click it a couple times, wait for a half an hour. Mine's been working flawless since. I received a replacement and it developed the same issue, but this fix works.
>I remapped one of the side buttons to act as the middle click.
>My solution: Blow really hard with you lips sealed around the scroll wheel. I have three G602s in service and have used this solution many times. It's not a permanent fix, but as long as you aren't using middle click in an action game, refixing it takes only a breath.
This isn't essential for prepping but it is such a damn good value, for $35 you get an ozark Multiforce multitool from Walmart which has been reviewed as being better than the Leatherman Wave+ which usually retails for about $100.
Battery bank and/or NOCO jump starter (1000 Amp should be plenty unless you know their vehicle requires more: https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GB40-UltraSafe-Lithium-Starter/dp/B015TKUPIC/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=noco+jump+starter&qid=1608418658&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyNFNLQkxESU9MNlJZJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjQ0Mjg3MVpDU1E0SElVV0wxTyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNDE3ODA3MThZUzlQQzAwWks1NSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=)
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If only I had been smart enough in college to be like "hey, instead of stuffing dryer sheets into a toilet paper roll, we should lace carbon filters inside of a plastic tube and sell it to stoners"
That is exactly what I do. However, it's VERY LIKELY you will get an annoying buzzing sound called a ground loop.
I bought a cheap Ground Loop Isolator to solve it.
I had mined installed by u/HTXdashcams. Great guy and super careful with my new car. He can install only or sell you the cam and install. I had already bought my cam before I found him but it would have been a bit cheaper to buy direct from him if I had that option.
THIS is the one I use. It is hardwired to the car's fuse box and battery.
I would look for Kia Souls or Honda Fits. At your price point, those are the two likeliest candidates. Both can carry tons of stuff, decent mpg, and pretty reliable. Especially if you can drive a manual transmission, but their automatics are fine too.
You should be able to find something within under 75,000 miles at that price.
I think both have Bluetooth, but if they don't, just get a Bluetooth transmitter. This is the one I use (https://www.amazon.com/Nulaxy-Wireless-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Smartphones/dp/B018E0I01I) and it works better than the built in version in some of my friends' cars.
On a related note, for anyone looking to do this with a car you can buy cheap bluetooth OBD2 modules on Amazon for about $25.
On Android most people use the app Torque.
I use the $5 paid version of torque, I don't remember what the limitations are for the free version of it but it's money well spent because you can view a lot of diag data, check engine codes etc.
There are a couple times where I connected it to peoples cars, texted them the CEL codes, and cleared the light for them when its something simple. It was money well spent.
here is the one I have and I love it.
99 on Amazon. It even comes with the tool you need to hide the wire. Whatever you do get, make sure it does well in high and low heat.
This is known as "drifting" and it is a common issue in the joycons. What you need to do is buy electronic contact cleaner, (I used this one) and spray it under your joycon flaps that are under the analog stick.
How about a diagnostic reader? Something like this. Basically if your car has the engine (or another) light on you can plug that in and your phone will tell you what the problem is. You'll need an app like Torque for it to work.
A dashcam is another gift that is something anyone could benefit from, but not everyone would necessarily think to buy for themselves. Over on /r/dashcam they have some really good guides on what to get. Expect to spend about $100, though. It seems like this one is the best bang for your buck according to their guide.
Lawyer here. I've been handling car accident cases for 12+ years. I'm coming up on 2,000 separate cases handled, and while I've seen a lot of different ways you can crash a vehicle I haven't seen them all.
PLEASE BUY A DASH CAM, THEY ARE INVALUABLE IF YOU ARE IN AN ACCIDENT, EVEN A MINOR ONE.
Insurance companies make money collecting premiums and lose money paying claims. They do not like to lose money/pay claims. They frequently make liability decisions based on their insured's version or their own, uh, "investigation." Even if you're not hurt you can waste hours of your time on the vehicle damage claim and your premiums may increase if you have to file with your own carrier.
A perfectly good dash cam is $50, many are cheaper and work fine.
I overspent and bought a $100 Rexing V1 on Amazon. It is great. https://www.amazon.com/Rexing-Dashboard-Recorder-G-Sensor-Recording/dp/B00X528FNE
Be safe out there.
$100 - https://smile.amazon.com/Rexing-Dashboard-Recorder-G-Sensor-Recording/dp/B00X528FNE/ref=sr_1_3?s=car&ie=UTF8&qid=1530925237&sr=1-3&keywords=dash+cam
$50 - https://smile.amazon.com/Black-Box-G1W-C-Capacitor-Model/dp/B00MIO2KRC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1530925441&sr=8-2&keywords=g1wc
Search Rexing VP1 on amazon.
Edit: here you go.
Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam 2.4" LCD FHD 1080p 170 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder with Sony Exmor Video Sensor, G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X528FNE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_c5fQzbS4NFHKS
I personally have the Rexing V1. its full HD wide angle lens makes for great front coverage all at a reasonable price too (only $99.99 which gives budget room for a good quality SD card) they even have a better models up (V1P and V1LG) that have a rear view camera as well but they’re an additional $30 and $70 respectively.
One thing to note is the dash cam is powered only by a long cigarette lighter cord so you’ll have to run it through the sides to hide it if that’s something that bothers you. I have had no trouble with mine and leave it on at all times in case someone hits my car while it’s parked. Hopefully this helps you get on the right path for research
I have the Viofo A119 V3, I've had it for a year now and I love it! Great quality video, and easy to pull videos off with micro SD card. I haven't had any issues with it yet.
Not op, but I had the BTC450. Really great quality, and adds huge convenience of Bluetooth: it has a microphone built in for phone calls; one touch support for changing songs, answering/hanging up phone calls, etc; it looks nice and has a matte black finish to it; it is super small, doesn't take up any space either.
Here's the Amazon link
I keep a jumper box in my vehicle at all times, it works wonders and theres no way to harm your car at all.
Something like one of these: https://smile.amazon.com/NOCO-GB40-UltraSafe-Lithium-Starter/dp/B015TKUPIC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1545723509&sr=8-4&keywords=jumper+box
I second this. I recommend this one for $99.
And here's a higher resolution version for $139.
I bought a Rexing camera off of Amazon that has been holding up well. Link here, I have this model with an included back camera that cost me $20 more.
You can go with whatever camera you want based on personal preference and budget, but I would recommend you get one that's a capacitor model, not a battery one. The capacitor ones only last a few seconds while the car is turned off fully but that's fine, you won't have to worry about a battery dying and leaking all over your car.
plug in an OBD2 scan tool and check for codes..
or turn the key to the run position.. if you have a digital odometer instead of a mechanical odometer. you can turn the key to the run position.. then quickly off, on, off on, off on.. 3 times in the run position within 4 seconds get chrysler digital speedometers to change to code displays..
if you don't have a digital odometer. count the flashing check engine light ..
if you have an android cell phone or tablet.. you can get this OBD2 dongle from BAFX in bluetooth.. if you use an Apple phone. then you need the slightly more expensive wifi version.. https://www.amazon.com/BAFX-Products-Wireless-Bluetooth-Diagnostic/dp/B005NLQAHS
you will need a phone app to work with that but there are dozens of free ones.. including torque light..
you can also get a code scanner from autozones. plug it in. turn the key on.. follow instructions on it.. return it to the parts counter.. they will access it and print out your codes.. with a warning.. they do sell autoparts there and the advice printed may sell you parts that may or may not be bad.. so it would be on to a proper diagnosis of that circuit/device.. just because you find a P0420.. does not always mean the cats need to be changed.. you could have any number of issues.. the neat thing about 1996 and newer models.. you can actually see live data stream from the computer thru the dongle or a decent scan tool live on the screen you can also graph some of the data streams..
what does all that mean.. start with codes.. post the codes ..its easier with OBD2 than it was with OBD1 on some brands..
but the first step.. verify the electrical connections using the voltage drop test i posted please.. don't skip that test..
An actual mechanic would probably have some super fancy diagnostic tool, but you can buy a personal OBDII that bluetooths to your phone really well for like $20 on Amazon
You can get a bluetooth Fm transmitter that will plug into your car and allow you to usb charge your phone and play music. Any 2003 car is not going to have the best sound but this will be much better than a cassette converter. Plus you have the added benefit of charging your phone. Here is a link for one on amazon with good reviews.
Not shilling, and I’m sure someone will comment “wel akshually that one isn’t very good”, but I was in the same spot as you and eventually bought https://www.amazon.com/VIOFO-A119-1600P-Camera-Logger/dp/B07SRQH4R7/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=aukey+dash+cam&qid=1625058775&sr=8-3
Just get the right memory card and mount it. Ez pz
Its the viofo a119 v3 with their glare filter and hardwire kit. I like the quality and the parking mode recording is nice with the wiring kit. Sometimes I wish I got one with a rear cam like the a129 duo.
?? if you watch the video and read the comments you'll see.... not sure but I think that's what they are??
Mine is out of production - a 4-year old TaoTronics TT-CD06-N. It works OK, though you'd be hard-pressed to read license plates unless you the other car was < 20 feet in front of you.
Nowadays the VIOFO A119 V3 dash cam is supposedly pretty good, with 4.6/5 score out of 1552 ratings on Amazon, Fakespot grade B: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SRQH4R7/
^ r/Dashcam also lists that model among their other best value cameras on the right sidebar. The less-expensive Blueskysea B1W doesn't seem to be available on Amazon at the moment, but I do see some sellers on eBay w/ 99.0%+ feedback ratings have it.
It's fine to have a dash cam but it's best to make sure it's low profile, something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Rexing-Dashboard-Recorder-G-Sensor-Recording/dp/B00X528FNE/ref=zg_bs_3248689011_14?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=N3FR6GTJN491HCRW94M5
Hide the case under the top black stripe of your window (that serves as a sunshade, I guess) and have the lens hanging just below the stripe. With the glare and everything it becomes practically invisible at first sight. Hide the wires too so they don't hang.
I've had mine for two years with no issues.
On Amazon they have bluetooth scanners for Android. Runs about 25 bucks. Best thing ever, plus you can possibly pill real time info depending on your car, an added plus to trouble shooting. This is the one I bought. There are some cheaper now though! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005NLQAHS/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_OfK5wbCAZE7MG
Lawyer here (personal injury, the majority of it car accident cases). I was luke warm about getting a dash cam, then a guy hired me who was side swiped in his Mercedes by a box truck that changed lanes and hit him. His dash cam showed the entire thing in crystal clear HD. Take away the dash cam and I promise you, it would have been a swearing match about who was in the wrong, the box truck's insurer would have denied the claim and it would have turned into a lengthy, expensive lawsuit. Instead the insurance company quickly accepted liability.
I've had other cases since then involving dash cams. After seeing the Mercedes accident I ordered one the next day on Amazon.
I got this one and have found it very reliable. https://www.amazon.com/V1-Dashboard-Recorder-G-Sensor-Recording/dp/B00X528FNE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490526978&sr=8-2&keywords=rexing+dash+cam
I figured out my maximum budget ($100) and then got mine based on the well-reviewed ones on Amazon. At the time, I got this one:
Still happy with it (it's been a little under 2 years now).
Yes. BUT! make sure you have a ground loop noise isolator. Otherwise you will get a bunch of static. they're about 10 bucks on amazon.
Plug an aux cable into your switch then into the ground loop isolator. then plug the ground loop isolator into the mic port (usually pink).
Upgrade to an iPhone XS. There is a device that you can use that makes your car bluetooth enabled for audio. Its a FM-Transmitter Bluetooth. I use it in my car and it is great and its pretty cheap in price. I link it for you
FM Transmitter( Amazon)
Buy your neighbors one of these - Smoke Buddy 0159-BLU Personal Air Filter, Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00478UIB2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_SB4FQ3JHBAJH19H0WTAH
Works quite well in my experience, hopefully they wouldn’t be offended and use it. Otherwise, buy lots of candles 😂
Though the dashcam video could save this driver too right? That's the reason I am shopping for one but the choices are overwhelming. Is the A119 V3 still a good choice? I've seen that recommended a lot.
i personally use this one, its able to pick up license plates pretty clearly
I bought a Bluetooth OBDII scanner from Amazon for under $25 and downloaded the Torque Pro app for my Android phone and tablet.
Under. $30 and I haven't found anything that it lacks.
I didn't want to send mine in for repairs just yet so I ordered this off of Amazon and it solved the buzzing/humming:
When my Zelda hype has died down a bit then I'll be sure to send mine in for repairs! This is the first post I've seen of someone sending it in for this issue so thanks for the heads up!
Rexing V1! I have it in my car. It's around $100 and can hold up to 128gb. It's small and I have it on my windshield behind my rear view mirror. It's hardwired so I literally don't even notice it. It turns on with my car, and records for 30 seconds after the car is turned off. There are some other dash cams that were capable of recording while you are parked, but they were expensive. Anyways, Amazon link below...
I just got the Viofo A119 v3 and really like it, not too expensive and records in 1600p. The parking option is what I really like, motion detection recording and g sensor where it saves 15 seconds before detection and 30 seconds after so it get everything that happened, not just video of someone driving away.
It’s probably a bad ground. Try out a ground loop isolator, like this. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019393MV2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_cfHMPtUQQ6mmD
I use it in my Mazda 3, plugged into the aux/audio port in the glove box. It removes static background noise.
I went with these - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X528FNE/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_FB495CZ637CKK9BJB7RH
They work really well, lots of options. The only maintenance I have found is once every three months I set a reminder on my calendar to pull the SD cards out and reformat them. Dunno why but it seems like eventually from the mass rewrites and starts and stops the cards get screwy over time.
I also recommend just replacing the SD cards once a year. My fear is one day I will need footage and it won't be ready because I neglect the cards so long, but basically I spend 5 mins once every three months cleaning them up and making sure all is well.
Fair enough. You hadn't mentioned that in the post, so I figured I bring it up.
Anyway, this one looks very close to what you're looking for: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X528FNE
Good down to -29 C
24/7 parking monitor with vibration detection (not motion based unfortunately)
Or this one:
Good down to -20 C. I know, not quite low enough, but...
24/7 motion detection recording
Unfortunately I'm not seeing anything that's good down to -40C, but someone might have input on that.
I have one of these and it is great. The good thing is after you jump yourself you can just plug it into your 12v USB port and top it back off. And you can still jump other people too.
I bought just a front cam (should buy a second though) - saw that this one had good reviews.
I’ve had it for a few months and it’s been fantastic, no problems!
This one from Amazon worked for me. Best apps that I have found are FORScan (Very similar to software that ford themselves use) and torque pro with the custom PID's found here. Enjoy!
I don't know too much about dash cams, but I do have this one and it is pretty good. Amazing quality overall, even at night. One thing I do have to say is to be careful with dash cams in extreme heat since they can get damaged on a hot summer day with the windows up. My Rexing did get damaged this way, but the company sent me a new one for free right away.
If you are looking into buying a dash cam, I would recommend looking at YouTube guides/reviews as well as Amazon reviews. I do recommend them to everyone though as they can be a life saver.
The Rexing V1
This. I ordered this on Amazon USA a few months ago.
It's a reliable dash cam.
Also, slightly unrelated but I believe that the trick to seeing whether a product is reliable via the Amazon review section is to see the one star review percentage. For this it hovers around 8% which is kinda okay. The same being in single digits is always preferable.
You might try some quick dry electronics cleaner.
Remove the batteries, liberally spray that stuff up in there and let it dry.
Make absolutely certain that it's 100% dry before you try to insert the batteries back into it.
If you can't find quick dry electronics cleaner, locally, Amazon carries a few brands.
I had your exact same problem with two different studio monitors. I have an external DAC and that did not help the solution at all. Most likely you are getting a ground loop. Get a ground loop isolator off of amazon and try that first. It is the cheapest solution and that has the highest chance of working over getting a new DAC, using different outlets, getting an external power supply, etc. as I have tried all those other options and they did nothing.
You can get the Mpow Ground Loop Isolator from amazon here for $9:
Most are set and forget, I got this one on Amazon a couple of years ago and I don't think I'll ever own a car now without one. It took a few minutes to setup and after that I only ever check it a couple times a year to make sure it's still recording.
When mounted it's behind my rear-view mirror, and small enough that I can't actually even see it when driving. That particular model has a clip on to the mount so you can take the camera off and on without having to remount to the windshield each time - I find this useful as I throw it in my pack when I'm hiking, and just clip it back on when I leave. This one draws power from the cigarette lighter so I fed the cable under the passenger side visor, down the door, and then under the floor mat. It's mostly invisible. There's a small internal battery so it keeps recording about 30 seconds after you shut the car off.
Knowing that if something happens I'll have a visual record of the incident that I can present to the police or my insurance agent brings peace of mind. I see it as no different than buying quality insurance - better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
I have two of them I ordered from Amazon, the Rexing brand I think, at about 85$ each. Not a single failure from either cam, now almost two years in service. You need to buy an SD card and learn to use the features so you know how to use it when you need it. The install can be a pain to run the cable behind the ceiling and dash trim down to the power supply, or you can just leave the power cable to dangle. There are models that have front and back facing cams as well; mine just records the front windshield view.
Edit: price is at 99$ now for the single channel cam;
Anyone know of a good dashcam?? Not too expensive but won't shit out on me.
EDIT: Okay I was just made aware of the recommendations sticky thread. Also seems a lot of people on Reddit like the A119 V3 so that's what I'll probably go with.
I have a 5+ year old chinese one off amazon that works great. I did try an anker one recently and it wasn't any better despite costing significantly more
older version of this thing:
These are brilliant. It doesn’t seem possible that an item this cheap (US$17) could work so well but it’s awesome. I wouldn’t have a motorcycle without one now. There are several testimonial videos on YouTube which is how I found out about it myself.
If you have a smoke cigarette thingy (idk what they're called or what they're used for) Amazon has 13-15 dollar Bluetooth transmitter that has great quality and connects to it.
I personally have this one but there's others https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018E0I01I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_u736BbYJ87NBX
It's listed on the bottom in the center (VIOFO A119 PRO)
Bought one each for my wife and myself. Had them about two years, zero issues whatsoever. Highly recommended. Price tag is ~$120.
Honestly, ditch the jumper cables and get yourself a jump starter battery pack that doubles as a phone charger. That way it can serve more than 1 purpose.
Something like this:
There is a 400A option that is half the price if you don't think you'll ever need to jump a diesel.
The number of times I stopped to help jump someone has gone up now that it doesn't take as much effort to do so. No more playing car tetris to get the batteries to line up right. Plus a jump pack lets you be more self-sufficient and not need a 2nd vehicle around to do the jump.
a good U-lock, like a cryptonite and a bike alarm like these: (there are tons of them on amazon)
I've been rocking some Aukey branded dash cam for four years. I'd link it, but the listing is gone.
It very much resembles this one, but didn't have GPS.
Like others have said, getting one with a capacitor rather than Lithium Ion battery is key to lasting through the heat.
Wsdcam 113dB Bike Alarm Wireless Vibration Motion Sensor Waterproof Motorcycle Alarm with Remote https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0734QN8KR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_9KS2RWX00XZ3S8Q6MD2B?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Ulock work for some of the wheel that have spoke type rims
A cable or chair threaded through the handle
You can also find wheel bags for the lighter weighted wheels. Never tired them though
It terms of them knock you off your you could aattach a bungee line to you. That will have its own pros and cons. I used this while I was still learning to dismount on/off on hills. I attached it to a magnet clip so if I did crash it wouldn’t take me with it but if it got away I could tug on the strap.
Kids Tow Bike Rope, Bicycle... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0911ZCYPW?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Tracking you can use that new Apple thingy. Can’t went the name. Or find a tracking chip on Amazon. Never tired those either though
My approach is just try to take the wheel with me wherever I go.
I'd highly suggest getting this OBD2 tool, it's $20 and works with many apps on phones using bluetooth: https://www.amazon.com/BAFX-Products-Wireless-Bluetooth-Diagnostic/dp/B005NLQAHS
I use that with the Torque app on Android (I paid for the PRO version but they have a free version too). That should give you codes and also let's you set custom displays for all the sensors in your vehicle. You can see which cyls are misfiring in real time, how many misfires they've had since engine startup, what your air intake temp/pressure is, all the CEL codes, pretty much if it has a sensor in your vehicle it reads it.
For $20, plus the few bucks for the PRO verision for my android phone, this app has been a saving grace for me.
I got this one back in November. So far so good. I'd highly recommend getting one that uses a capacitor rather than a battery. I'm sure regular batteries would have blown up during the heat wave.
There are probably ways to route the wire around your car (I.e. By removing pieces of trim and hiding the cable) so it's not visible. But you're not going to be able to get an entirely wireless one.
I use this and it works perfectly. Sorry you have to buy another accessory for easy connection. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018E0I01I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_BSK4RPFDBQE82JM09JRB?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I got the BAFX reader from Amazon. It works pretty well, I also use torque pro app. I wish it was shorter though. When it's plugged in it's really easy to hit with my right foot.
The car will have a warning light if it's overheating, but if you want to monitor the temps, just buy an OBD2 scanner. I got one off Amazon, it's super handy to have around.
Ya well a few people mentioned I was a bit of an asshole with the horn and I'm willing to agree to that tune. I think even a short blast would have gotten a brake check but who knows. It's in the past. Someone replied to me in this post after I asked them what their recommendation was for a new camera. This is it.
It's this one
I looked at a few, but this one seems to be most popular and it's pretty affordable (bonus: comes with a nifty remote like you'd get with a car alarm) so I went with it.
I have this little vibration alarm secured on my e-bike with metal zip ties. It's probably easy to remove or smash, but it's cheap and might deter some thieves away.
I use a Optimus GPS tracker. And I use this.
Gorilla glue it right to your hard top.
I got this one. They make a back camera version too but figured if someone hit me from behind then they’re liable.
VIOFO A119 V3 2K Dash Cam 2560x1440P Quad HD+ Car Dash Camera, Ultra Clear Night Vision, 140-Degree Wide Angle, GPS Included, Buffered Parking Mode, True HDR, Motion Detection, G-Sensor, Time Lapse https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07SRQH4R7
First rule of dashcam club. Don’t let anyone know you have one until you’re absolutely sure you’re not at fault. Don’t tell cops, insurance, other drivers...
I would start of at first by recommending they get one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Smoke-Buddy-0159-BLU-Personal-Filter/dp/B00478UIB2/ref=pd_bxgy_img_3/141-1765949-1655566?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00478UIB2&pd_rd_r=4ff95ef7-1386-40ea-a605-ad1aaed67c04&pd_rd_w=tl7UR&pd_rd_wg=jll2m&pf_rd_p=f325d01c-4658-4593-be83-3e12ca663f0e&pf_rd_r=NQ7QWESBNRZDXAFHNHXT&psc=1&refRID=NQ7QWESBNRZDXAFHNHXT
From my personal experience someone who indulges in the "devils lettuce" is not going to like it when you tell them they can't partake anymore specially in their own bedroom they pay for. That's why I beleive you are better off accepting that they smoke and help/assist them keep the smell away. For starters, you could order one of these yourself and give it to her as a gift, I'm sure she wouldn't mind using such a simple device, specially if you gift it. TBH she will prolly be more likley to use it so there are less issues about it going forward.
My 2 cents.
Get one of these, works much better than they used too.
If you're going to do it yourself (and it's easy)
Front cam only - VIOFO A119 v3
Front and Rear - VIOFO A129
If you want one professionally installed, I've heard lots of good things about BlackVue and others - it's really going to come down to what the installation place wants to sell you.
I bought the Viofo A119 V3
after a lot of research and the dashcam sub rating it best $100ish price range. I love it. The amount of cool animal footage that I get is amazing.
I wish I could help you but I'm in a different state at the moment. :/
I recommend on top of jumper cables you purchase a battery jump starter. Amazon
I purchased a BAFX one from Amazon that has worked reliably for me. $22 currently, though this one is Android only. Don't know if that's a problem for you.
You cannot make the screen permanent without an OBD II reader, but you can access the splash screen by going into the testing settings of Sync 3 (hold down track forward & eject), bypass the speaker test screen, then press Testing Settings, then change the theme to Ford-ST. When you power down your car it'll show, but upon startup it'll go back to the default Ford-timeless theme.
As far as I know the only way to make the change permanent is to change the hex value in Forscan. I was able to change it with this OBD II reader from Amazon. With that being said, the version of Sync 3 v2.2 going around the internet is not the official release so the one that is finally released to the public may have the ST logo enabled by default.
BAFX Products 34t5 Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool for Android Devices
Here is an Amazon link to one, they are about $20 for the unit and the app I use (the full version is worth it) is $4.99. It's a fully customizable app with tons of data readouts. You can learn a lot about your car this way without breaking the bank.
I have this thing that plugs into my charging port in my car (old 2002 jeep) that allows me to play bluetooth by taking an unused radio station and adapting to my phone (I actually dont know how it works, but that sounds kind of smart). Here's the amazon link if you're interested
Yeah, in that case, you'd need a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter. There are other options, you can see if your car supports bluetooth natively and if it doesn't, you can buy a bluetooth transmitter off Amazon for about 20 bucks (like this one) and have it to where your phone connects to the transmitter via bluetooth and the transmitter sends out whatever music you set to play on your phone via radio waves and you just tune your car's radio to that specific channel.