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Old 09-09-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default how can I find the OBD port in my car?

specifically, a 2003 mazda protege5.

I just got this thing from progressive for my new insurance that I have to plug into it, but I'll be damned if I can find it. owners manual and google are no help
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:09 PM   #2
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if you sit in the driver's seat, try looking by your right knee under the console.

is that tripsense?
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:18 PM   #3
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Why does an insurance company need you to plug ANYTHING into your OBDII port?? Does it stay plugged in all the time?
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:20 PM   #4
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yeah.

progressive has an optional service that I signed up for to save money with. it monitors your driving and adjusts your insurance for safe driving / how little you drive.
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:24 PM   #5
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sounds like something they would use to try and stiff you if you make an expensive claim.
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Why does an insurance company need you to plug ANYTHING into your OBDII port?? Does it stay plugged in all the time?
yeah.

progressive has an optional service that I signed up for to save money with. it monitors your driving and adjusts your insurance for safe driving / how little you drive.
Ugh--I've heard of this. Does your insurance rate go up later if the device shows unsafe driving?
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:26 PM   #7
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With progressive you used to be able to get discount rates (20% I think) and a ~$100 check every 6 months. They only do it in certain states.

The Tripsense device records speed, brake usage, and a few other parameters I forgot. When you hook it up to upload data via USB it syncs the date and time. The program lets you view some rudimentary speed and brake data then it uploads that to Progressive. What other data it records and sends, I have no idea. My dad put it in a van he didn't use very often while he used his non-OBD car.
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With progressive you used to be able to get discount rates (20% I think) and a ~$100 check every 6 months. They only do it in certain states.

The Tripsense device records speed, brake usage, and a few other parameters I forgot. When you hook it up to upload data via USB it syncs the date and time. The program lets you view some rudimentary speed and brake data then it uploads that to Progressive. What other data it records and sends, I have no idea. My dad put it in a van he didn't use very often while he used his non-OBD car.
Fuck that. I would pay a few dollars more.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:07 PM   #9
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I would never have that lol. So you got to drive like a granny from now on! haha
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:40 PM   #10
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according to obdii specifications, it is supposed to be within three feet of the driver, however, that gives a lot of leeway. Like it was stated earlier, it should be around your right knee in that general vicinity under the dash area.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:59 PM   #11
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I would never have that lol. So you got to drive like a granny from now on! haha
it's how I drive anyways

mostly, I'm hoping to take advantage of the fact that I don't drive to work.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:05 PM   #12
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It comes right after the OBC port.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:30 PM   #13
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You should find it on the lower left side of the dash. Look just under the bottom edge of the dash near the left door pillar.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:47 PM   #14
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Haha, oops, my car doesn't have an OBD port. I'd consider this because I drive so infrequently, too.

However, being able to pull engine codes with a paperclip jumping two points on the diag terminal is useful.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:06 AM   #15
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There are better uses for the port, like an SCT XCal3 or LiveWire
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Fuck that.
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What blows is when you have a car that is all electronic but not OBD and isn't setting the MIL, and all you can do is start backprobing the ECU connector on a scope 2 or 4 at a time until you find something unusual
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It won't be going into my car. And, if I have a choice I will not buy a car with on board data recorders. Police and insurance companies can access that data after a wreck and determine what you were doing or not doing. Imagine them then not wanting to pay your claims, saying it was all caused by driver negligence.
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Yeah, who cares if it's your fault! Screw the victim!

Damned if I am paying his bills!
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I just got this thing from progressive for my new insurance that I have to plug into it, but I'll be damned if I can find it. owners manual and google are no help
Not near the steering column? Check below dash, in front of and above the gas pedal.
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Why does an insurance company need you to plug ANYTHING into your OBDII port?? Does it stay plugged in all the time?
With progressive you used to be able to get discount rates (20% I think) and a ~$100 check every 6 months. They only do it in certain states.

The Tripsense device records speed, brake usage, and a few other parameters I forgot. When you hook it up to upload data via USB it syncs the date and time. The program lets you view some rudimentary speed and brake data then it uploads that to Progressive. What other data it records and sends, I have no idea. My dad put it in a van he didn't use very often while he used his non-OBD car.
Fuck that. I would pay a few dollars more.
+1 Slippery slope to being mandatory...no thanks.

They should be basing your rate on.....your claims and not much else.
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