Originally Posted by westell
For instance, in my '94 Z28, the gauge (gage) was a real gage, but in my '02 SS Camaro (which the GTO replaced as daily driver), the gage was not a real gage, only indicator, and for lack of correct term, I think a rheostat.
This was a heated topic that angered a lot of other enthusiast / purists like ourselves :party
Anyone know for sure ????
You can get a digital display of the coolant temperature. I can't attest to its accuracy or how close it is to "real time," but --
(1) Insert key into ignition (don't start engine or turn key, yet);
(2) Press and hold down simultaneously both the "MODE" and "SET" buttons on the Trip Computer (those with two right arms will appreciate their abnormality (excuse me--"special gift") for the first time);
(3) While still holding the two buttons in (2) down, turn the key to the Accessory position -- you should see a display different from what you're accustomed to seeing;
(4) Using the "up" arrow, scroll until you see the temperature display.
You should be able to start the engine and continue to monitor the coolant temperature as you drive.
I haven't tried it for a while, but I believe the steps above are accurate. I'll try to check it out when I get home to be sure I haven't given given you a bum steer. Give it shot. When I last checked it, which was in August when outdoor temperatures here in Phoenix were about 105 deg., mine ran at about 190 deg.