Turner Motorsport vent gauge is the perfect tool for the OCD BMW owner

TMS vidi

Remember when A-pillar gauge pods were all the rage? Yup, I had one in my Integra when I was about twenty-three. While I never really liked it there, it was a great place for that much needed oil pressure gauge. You never know, it’s always a good idea to keep your eye on the oil pressure; that oil pump can go at any moment, especially on a Honda engine with 40,000 miles on the clock. [obv sarcasm]

Like a fine mechanical timepiece, there is much romanticism about pure analog gauges. There is some unadulterated joy about watching multiple gauges move linearly with the speed and sound of the engine. The world has indeed gone digital, however, and most of the time that’s a good thing.

The above is a P3Cars vent integrated digital interface (vidi) intended for late-model BMWs, from our friends at Turner Motorsport. The small display, which occupies half of an air vent, is capable of displaying information which in the past would require a triple pillar gauge-pod, several quarter-DIN sized gizmos, and a windshield mounted gadget.

TMS vidi displays

Utilizing the OBD-2 port, the Vidi is cable of displaying the intake air temp, exhaust gas temp, coolant temp, boost/vacuum, ignition timing, throttle position, uncorrected speed, RPM, battery voltage. It also functions as a fault code reader and clearing tool too. Analog inputs allow for boost pressure reading.

And, there is more. Remember the original G-Tech? This has that too, sort of. The display will show your acceleration times, difference in which you can use to justify the purchase of that cold-air intake. There is even a shift-light!

To finish up the OEM look, which was desperately lacking in any kind of pillar-pod, the display matches OEM dash illumination and intensity. Prices start at around $400, which isn’t cheap given that a typical scan gauge can be had for less than $200. But with the Vidi you get OEM-like fit and finish and several other features not available from typical scan gauges, which to me justifies the price. And it’s available only from Turner Motorsport.

Having owned several BMWs, I have had experience with some TMS parts. Each time I found them to some of the best of the after-market, which tends to be filled with crap. They also have a ton of original parts, parts they manufacture and design themselves, and perform service for local clients. This little Vidi tool seems just downright cool for those of us who are slightly OCD about our cars. I wish I had it on my Integra.

 

Note: This isn’t advertising, this is just a damn cool product. I have three good friends with late model M3s (neither has kids, coincidence?), so perhaps I’ll be able to get some hands-on time with this little tool.

26 Comments

    1. Agreed. If I had a late model BMW and wanted something like this, I'd gladly pay a little more for something with an industrial design that better matched the car's interior.

          1. True, but you also seem like the kind of person who would have a Verizon Wireless BlackBerry.

      1. Those hold without being said.
        As, by the way, does the value of whatever is selected. The voice, for example, announces "fuel" when the fuel button is pressed but it doesn't actually announce the amount of fuel remaining. That quantity merely is displayed.

          1. You used the word "blazes" when talking about British electrical automotive devices. Trying to jinx it?

  1. I like that a lot. I'm likely going to buy a Cobb Accessport tuner for my Mazdaspeed3 for similar capabilities (in addition to being able to run different computer tunes). But one of my dislikes is that it's basically a handheld unit which means there's no easy way to perma-mount it. You're forced to live with a windshield or vent mounted cell phone holder.
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      1. An iPhone, but the main purpose of me buying this tuner is for the actual tuning of the computer. The fact that it can monitor everything is just an extra benefit.

  2. Dude, that display looks like crap. For $400 they should have been able to put in a pixel addressable LCD or OLED display and not a segmented LED display. The cost difference once in manufacture would have been minimal; the only significant difference would have been in development.
    If I spend $400 on a display I expect it to be clearer than "E9t." Sorry.

    1. Even setting aside the 1980s LEDs, there's a couple other deficiencies. There's no reference marks on the bar graph for min/max. It's also not in the field of vision. As a result, you can't tell anything with a quick glance or without taking your eyes off the road.

  3. Try the 'Torque' android app. Bluetooth connected to an OBD2 module. All the data you can eat in whatever gauge format you want

    1. I second this. I just borrowed a buddies bluetooth ODB2 + Torque to diagnose an intermittent Throttle Position Sensor issue in my car. If you had a tablet or a large phone and a slick way to mount it, that app is going to do everything and more than this will, for a much better price and aesthetic.
      I like the mounting place, I am underwhelmed by the display quality.

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