Important NOTE: The pre-installed OEM vent option is only available for the pre-facelift 2009-2013 models. B8.5 models must order without pre-installed vent option.
Connect with your car in an entirely new way. Why settle for just a boost gauge? Sporting features available in products 3x the price, the P3 Cars Digital Vent Gauge is the Swiss army knife of performance data, with design and integration that won't spoil the clean lines of your interior.
The P3 gauge pod is a state of the art digital data center that displays critical operating parameters like boost pressure, coolant temp, intake air temp, exhaust gas temp, throttle plate, speed, RPM with shift light, and battery voltage - as well as peak recall and run/record recall in all modes.
Simply put, P3 Cars is the most popular, advanced gauge on the market.
- Fully Reversible Installation: Simply plug into your OBD-II port and you're functional. No splicing or rewiring required.
Precise Color Match and OEM Integration: Seamless integration with interior lighting including auto or manual dimming to match dash brightness.
Advanced Custom Programming: Designed and programmed specifically for each car and engine, so you can be sure all features will function as expected.
- Live Performance and Sensor Data: Real time â€œas it happensâ€ data display of multiple parameters with virtually no lag or delay.
- Built In Acceleration Performance Timer: Automatic start and stop 0-60mph (0-100kph) timer for evaluating your carâ€™s performance and driving skill.
- Diagnostic Data Interpretation & Reset: Read and clear diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) to reduce trips to the dealership.
- 3x Analog Inputs for High Precision Sensors: Universal 0-5v inputs for adding additional sensors or switching boost to an analog vacuum tap.
- Easiest Installation Possible: Put it in, plug it in, installation for even the most novice do-it-yourselfer.
- For left hand drive models only.
NOTE: Picture shown is Gauge installed into Vent (NOT INCLUDED)
Frequently Asked Questions
How easy is the vent integrated digital interface to install?
The gauge is designed to be Plug and Play, with the average install time taking literally 5-30 minutes depending on your car, skill, and gauge options. Check out our install videos at http://www.youtube.com/p3cars for a quick glance at the install process.
Is the vent integrated digital interface just a boost gauge?
Many people assume that because our gauge reads boost, that itâ€™s just a boost gaugeâ€¦ In fact, we call our unit a digital interface because not only is it a gauge for boost, vacuum, coolant temp, air temp, EGT, etc, but its also a diagnostic code reader and clearer, a performance timer, a shift-light, and does each of these functions with high precision and accuracy. Fit that into a package designed to fit into YOUR car in a way that looks OEM and clean, and youâ€™ll be wondering why you ever considered a pod or a standard gauge.
How accurate are the values, and what if my car is modded?
Our products are designed one platform at a time, with your car in mind. We have done countless hours of testing and tweaking on each platform to ensure the highest level of accuracy for each data point. The gauge even allows for selection of your specific engine type to enhance its accuracy. We have customers running completely stock, or even customers with big turbo kits. The accuracy of our gauge values have satisfied even the most scrutinous of tuners.
Does the interface show English (PSI, F, MPH) or Metric (BAR, C, KPH) units?
The interface is shipped by default using English units, but is configurable for both English and Metric on the fly via the config menu. You can also set it so that only boost is in PSI, but the rest is in Metric. Metric settings also changes the 0-60mph timer to a 0-100kph timer, and the temperatures to Celsius. Please see the operating instructions for details.
Will the gauge void my new car warranty or affect my car in any way?
The vent integrated digital interface was designed to install into your vehicle without causing any permanent modifications and can be fully reversed if needed. It will not void your warranty and makes no changes to the way your car performs.
Why is there an optional analog boost sensor on VW/Audi models?
We offer this option for people who are replacing an existing gauge or for some reason prefer analog readings over ECU readings. If you decide to use an analog sensor instead of reading boost via the diag port as by default, you would need to purchase a boost tap for your engine. For the vast majority of our customers the boost/vacuum readings from the diagnostics port are used. You can switch between analog and diagnostics port readings via the config menu.
Car Installation Instructions
Volkswagen MK6 (GTI and Golf R) Download PDF - View Install Video
Volkswagen MK5 (Jetta/GTI/Rabbit) Download PDF
Audi B8 (A4, S4, A5, and S5) Download PDF - View Install Video
Volkswagen Mk4 View Install Video
CC (Passat CC)
View Install Video
Jetta MK6 (GLI)
View Install Video
A3 / TT Mk2 (8P A3 and TT mk2)
View Install Video
into your vent)
A3 / TT mk2 (download)
TT mk1 (download)
Audi B7 / Passat CC(download)
Configuration and Setup:
new P3cars Gauge is packed with many advanced features, but has been
designed to work for your car pretty much right out of the box. There are a few
settings that you may wish to change such as english or metric units, or
selecting the proper engine model for your car, or setting the trigger RPM of
the shiftlight. Below is a basic description of the gauges different features
connect ONLY the obd2 connector to check functionality before
GREEN=dimmer BROWN=Analog1 BLUE=Analog2 AUX PLUG=external boost sensor
Left Button TAP =
Peak recall (and start 15 second record)
15 sec playback
View Current Mode Name (If pressed again within 5 sec, change mode)
= Night / Day Dimmer toggled
(if auto-dimming is not enabled)
Boost: This mode will show vacuum and boost. Depending on settings in the
config menu this may be from VAG ecu data or an external analog sensor. Boost is
read in PSI by default and Vacuum is inHg. If you configure the gauge to metric
boost will be in BAR.
Coolant: This mode will show your current coolant temp. Unlike the needle on
your dash, this will show you exactly the temp that your engine is currently
running at, and is configurable between Celsius & Fahrenheit.
Air: Air intake temperature. This is the reading of the temperature of
the air entering the engine, and is configurable between Celsius &
Igntn: Actual ignition timing. This mode will show you the ignition timing
of your engine in real-time.
Egt: Exhaust Gas Temperature. This is the temp of the exhaust gas as
calculated by your ECU.
Throttle: Actual throttle plate position. Use this mode to see how your car
changes the actual drive by wire throttle blade in relation to what your foot
tells it to do.
rp-Shift: RPM readout. It can be handy to use this mode to see an exact RPM or
to record/playback and see your shifts.
Speed: Actual roadspeed direct from VSS. This is the actual roadspeed value
of the car, uncorrected. This is the raw value, therefore it may not match your
cluster which tends to read high in many cars.
0-60: Zero to sixty Performance Timer. Come to a stop and this mode will
read â€œRdyâ€¦â€ The gauge is ready for you to accelerate to 60. As you accelerate
the gauge will time you and automatically stop when you hit 60, leaving your
time on the screen. When you slow to zero again the gauge will change to
Voltage. This is the voltage of your cars power system, anything between 13-14.5
volts while running is normal.
Configuring the Gauge
version 2.1+ simply hold both buttons to enter the config menu, you can do this
at any time!
On older versions, to configure your gauge, you must first make sure
the gauge is awake. The gauge goes to sleep about 3 seconds after the display
blanks out, you can tell this by the double flash of the dot in the corner.
After you shut off the engine, but BEFORE the gauge goes to sleep, simply hold
the FIRST button until the gauge reads â€œConfâ€ , RELEASE the button as soon as
you see the word â€œConfâ€.
SAVING YOUR SETTINGS: Your settings will not be saved until you exit the config menu by
HOLDING the right button until the gauge
Left Button TAP = Change Value
= Change Value fast
= Change to next config
Right Button HOLD =
EXIT config menu and SAVE settings.
On or Off or On.A or On.P
Turn the gauge display ON or OFF or ON-Auto-Dimming(if you have
attached the green wire to your dimmer line) or ON-Persistant-Dimmer(for dimmer
setting not resetting on restarts.)
Y or N or b
English units? No = Metric, Y = English, b = Boost only (boost in
PSI, rest in metric)
0.1 or 0.5 or 1.0
Pressure resolution/decimal point. 0.1 = tenths, 0.5 is rounded to 5
tenths, 1.0 = whole numbers only
Y or N
Vacuum bargraph in boost mode â€“ set to N for no bargraph while in
30 â€“ 80
Shiftlight activation RPM x 100, default is
d, A, C, F, n
Boost reading â€“ digital or analog or none. (analog is for gauges
with boost sender and tubing to manifold) Digital is for boost from diag port. C
is raw charge pipe pressure from pre-throttle sensor vag data(beta, pre-throttle
means no vacuum and subject to higher peaks, not available on all models). F is
for Flashed ECUs, alternate reading.
Y or N
Enable or disable the first analog input (brown
Y or N
Enable or disable the second analog input (blue
Hold the first button to clear codes.
Calibrate the analog boost sensor to your ambient conditions. â€” tap
left button after confirming engine is off
tsi, fsi (tfsi) or 3.0t, 3.2, TDI
Select engine type â€“ TDI is for diesel Golf and Jetta. TFSI is for
2.0T. 3.0t for S4/S5. 3.2 for boosted
For gauges with "CAR" config options:
Car.0 FSI Golf R, Mk5 2.0t Cars (GTI,
Jetta) K-Line Golf/Jetta Mk4/TT USE bSt.d SETTING, bSt.F for APR Flash, bSt.A
for analog sensor
Car.1 TSI TSI/TFSI 2009+ mk6 2.0t cars
with TFSI motor USE bSt.d SETTING, , bSt.A for analog sensor
Car.2 FUTURE USE
Car.3 3.0t motor (S4, S5 with 3.0) K-Line
Audi ALT and diesel VW USE bSt.d SETTING or bSt.C with diesel, , bSt.A for
ANLG Analog sensors only, silent on
Car.4 K-Line Audi ALT and diesel VW, use
bSt.C with diesel
Car.5 Not Used
Car.6 Not Used
Car.7 Not Used
Car.8 Not Used
and Clearing Codes
For version 2.1 and higher there is a Clr.C option in the config
menu, use this to clear codes!
To read codes, simply start your car. If you have a code, the gauge
will read it back to you. If you have multiple codes the gauge will read off all
codes. For a definition of codes, please check
To clear codes on OLDER versions of the gauge, once again turn the
car completely OFF, while the gauge is off, HOLD BOTH BUTTONS, and then start
the car. The gauge will say â€œholdâ€ to confirm that you want to clear you must
continue to hold for several seconds and then the gauge will read â€œCLRDâ€ and the
codes will be cleared.
Setting up the Optional Analog
Your gauge has 3 linear analog inputs, 2 of which can be used as
universal displays for ANY 0-5v sensor. Do not hook up a device that sends more
than 5 volts or you WILL damage your gauge.
To enable an analog input, enter the config menu and set the A1
input to Y for yes. After doing this, 3 new options will
A1.DP, analog 1 decimal points. The
gauge will show 9999 on the screen, and tapping the first button will move the
A1.Lo, analog 1 Low volt, or Ov
reading, which the gauge will show when it sees ZERO volts on the input. -999
A1.Hi, analog 1 High volts,
or 5v reading, which the gauge will show when it sees FIVE volts on the input.
-999 through 9999
A1.bL and A1.bH, limits of the
bargraph for that input. L is the bargraph start, H is the bargraph
Simply set the values for the 0v and 5v readings of your attached
sensor, as well as the number of decimal points, and the gauge will interpolate
anything between 0 and 5v to the proper display.
EXAMPLE CONFIGURATION â€“ LC-1 AFR Controller:
According to the LC-1 wideband controller documentation, Analog
output 2 is the 0-5v output. By default it is 0V = 7.35 AFR and 5V = 22.39 AFR .
To configure our gauge to show this on the first analog input, we would use the
A1.DP, 2 decimal points, 99.99
After putting these settings onto the analog input, the gauge will
show proper AFR displayed in the Analog 1 gauge mode.