You’ve heard about Fixd, but you’re not really sure how can this simple device do everything that is promised? You want your car to be “smart”, but you’re not sure if this sensor is any good? Then don’t buy Fixd before you read this review.
The main reason why people were thrilled when Fixd appeared on the market, is the simple fact that we all want smart cars, but we can’t all afford them, so this gadget seemed like the perfect way for us to get what we want. It seemed like a chance to get it for a segment of the price of a smart car, but few knew what it actually does, and how it works.
So, here I am, after thorough research, to tell you everything you need to know about this car sensor.
What is it?
Fixd is combo of hardware and software that gives you information about your vehicle that you can act upon. It is sold by Fixd Automotive, that is based in Georgia.
The hardware part of it sends input from your vehicle to the software part – an app you need to install on your smartphone. Then, if there are any points, Fixd will notify you, and give details that you can show to your mechanic. It can also be a useful maintenance reminder that will warn you when your car needs a visit to the mechanic.
How does it work?
Fixd works pretty simply.
The hardware part that I mentioned is a sensor that needs to be plugged into an OBD-II port in your vehicle. Once you place it, you don’t need to think about it anymore, as it is powered by your vehicle, and there’s no need to move it. So, yeah, that’s a plus for Fixd, you’ll never need to worry about recharging it.
The software part of it is the app that you’ll need to download from Google Play if you have an Android phone, or from Apple App Store, if you have an iPhone. Once downloaded, app needs to be launched, and an account created. When you’re done with setting it up, just sit in your vehicle and connect the sensor to the app on your phone via Bluetooth. Once the sensor starts communicating to the app, you’ll start getting information about your car.
Another interesting perk that comes with Fixd app is the fact that it can work with more than one vehicle, so if you want this sensor in every one of you family’s cars, it isn’t a problem, and you will get all that data on one device, you will just have to pick the car you want diagnosed.
Can I use it in my car?
If your car is made in 1996. or after it, Fixd is supposed to work with it. All Fixd needs is an OBD-II port in order to work on your vehicle, and since every vehicle built after 1995. has that port, you shouldn’t experience any problems. This port should be around or under the glove box of your car.
Fixd doesn’t work on every vehicle. So, if your car was made before 1996, or it is a diesel (doesn’t matter how old)– I have bad news for you, Fixd won’t work with it.
FIXD Installation Video
In which cases will Fixd warn me?
I was honestly surprised when I realized just how many things Fixd can tell me about my car. According to its manufacturer, Fixd is able to identify 6.800 problems that might affect your vehicle and make the check-engine light go on.
Fixd hasn’t published a list of all the things this sensor is able to find, but they said that it can identify every major issue. So, if for example, your O2 sensor failed, or engine oil temperature is too high, you will get a notification.
This app also gives you a handy option to clear the check-engine light If you decided that the problem identified is not important enough.
Fixd will make sure you keep track of your car’s maintenance. Once you plug it, the sensor will “find out” what your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends when it comes to maintenance, and then let you know that maintenance is due at each milestone recommended. It keeps track of your mileage, so you will know what needs to be done.
How does it differ from the competition?
Since Fixd is not the only device out there that tracks your car’s state, I had to check others out too. There’s a whole bunch of products like CarMD, Zubie Kez, Verizon’s hum+, and many others, that all work similarly to Fixd, as a hardware/software combo.
To me (and apparently many others) Fixd stood out for two reasons. The first reason is the fact that it is available at the world’s biggest retailers, which is something most of its competitors can’t match. The second reason is also practical in nature – Fixd’s app has one of the best designs in this niche.
According to Fixd Automotive, their sensor distincts itself because it breaks down vehicle problems into understandable terms. And I have to say that they are right, I really love that with Fixd you won’t get a technical description of the issue or a problem code. What it will give you, is what the problem is, how serious it is, what will happen if you keep driving in spite of it, and when maintenance is due for your car, based on its make, model, and age.
What does the app do?
Fixd sensor comes with a companion app, and that’s where you’ll find out everything about your vehicle. You can use this app to run an error check of your vehicle, and because some of these errors can be pretty senseless, Fixd will put them all in a tab, and give a description on each and every one.
What seems a lot more important to me, it that the app shows you potential consequences of a problem, so you can see the severity of it.
For example, if your car’s O2 sensor has failed, the consequence can be less miles per gallon and a chance that your car won’t pass a state emissions test.
You can always check the state of your vehicle on the Fixd app, and it will provide a visual timeline with milestones and the sort of maintenance that needs to be done when you hit them. Also, if you set it up to do so, Fixd will send you push notifications that’ll tell you what is going on with your car.
What about the price?
As with most things, you get a discount for a bigger order, so one Fixd will cost you $59, while a two-sensor pack is $88, and a three-sensor bundle costs $118. Basically, if you buy two, you get 50% off, and if you buy three, you buy two full-price, and the third one is free.
Fixd is pretty confident about the quality of their products, and they sell their sensors with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Where can I find it?
Not everywhere, that’s for sure. Fixd is being sold at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart stores, as well as on the company’s website.
What do people who use Fixd say?
Reviews of this product are mixed, to say the least. If you go to Amazon, you will see that half of the people who bought it love it, and the other half hate it. Fixd has an average Amazon rating of 2.9 out of 5 stars, from 139 reviews.
When I looked at those reviews, I noticed that there are some customers who gave this sensor glowing recommendations, people who were impressed by how simple it is to connect Fixd to their vehicle and get access to the information displayed by the app. On the other hand, I have seen many negative reviews from people who were less than impressed, and who claim that they weren’t able to connect the app to the sensor, and another few negative ones from those who purchased it only to have it stop working after a while.
All in all, there are more people on Amazon who gave it a one-star rating, than there are those who gave it a 5 star one. And they all claim these two problems that I mentioned above.
Still, if it doesn’t work with your car, you can simply return it, and get a refund, so it’s not that big of a problem.
If it is out of stock, how long will I wait for it?
Recently, Fixd was temporarily unavailable at every one of its retailers, since it ran out of stock.
There wasn’t much information about why this happened, but a company spokesperson stated that this small, Georgia-based startup was jam-packed with demand for Fixd units.
The company placed a larger order with its manufacturers, so it was in stock for a while, and then it ran out of stock again pretty swiftly.
Right now, Fixd: The Active Car Health Monitor is available at Amazon.