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VDO RoadLog Plus

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Built in printer. For smaller fleets.

The original VDO RoadLog is designed for owner operators and very small fleets. The new "Plus" version brings changes to support somewhat larger fleets. But the features are still pretty thin given the up-front price tag.

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Up Front Cost Monthly Cost 3-year Total Cost
$700 $20 $1420

  • Built in log printer
  • Stable hardware
  • Relatively inexpensive overall

  • “Plus” is a new, untried product
  • Not many telematics features, for the price
  • Substantial up front hardware cost

VDO RoadLog Plus is the brand new generation of Continental’s regular RoadLog product. The older product is designed almost exclusively for individual owner operators and very small fleets (just a few trucks). It is a stand alone unit that does not communicate with the back office. Driver’s must put their logs onto a USB stick and hand them to office staff in person to load into the back office software. This works well for an individual driver, or two or three trucks that return to home base frequently. But of course the by-hand transfer process quickly becomes unmanageable for larger fleets.

To address the needs of larger carriers, Continental is releasing RoadLog Plus. This device has cell capability so it can communicate with the back office to send logs and other data over the air. It runs on the same RoadLog device as the older product, which is well respected and reliable. It will also continue to have the built-in thermal printer that allows a driver to quickly print off a paper log during a roadside inspection.

The RoadLog plus, like its predecessor, is designed mostly for simplicity; so its telematics features are limited. It does logs, DVIRs, GPS tracking, and IFTA mileage reporting. Future versions may include messaging and engine diagnostics, but those features are still in development. It does not provide any options for GPS navigation or document scanning. Drivers cannot at this time edit their own logs, or email them from the device. Back office tools and reports are available, but fairly basic. The updated product is just now hitting the market, but it seem to have a long way to go before it is compliant with all the new ELD specifications (data transfer methods, driver edit capabilities, etc.)

So, without many bells and whistles, the focus here is clearly on simplicity and affordability. That said, while the recurring service cost of $20/mo is on the lower side, the up front hardware cost is still around $700. That initial cost seems more in line with full telematics platforms like the Omnitracs MCP 50, not a simple compliance device aimed at smaller fleets.

Overall, the RoadLog Plus is built on solid, reliable hardware, and it has the potential to grow into a nice ELD system in the coming years. But for now the Plus is too new to feel confident about. There is a lot of work to be done before its features can compete with its other hard-wired competitors like Omnitracs, Peoplenet and Rand McNally. At this price point, we’d expect a little more bang for the buck, but we’re interested to keep an eye on the product as it comes of age in 2017.

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Type: Dedicated / Proprietary




Price per unit

Up-front cost: 700

Monthly cost: 20

3-year Total Cost: 1420


Complies with latest ELD Mandate standards: Not yet

Vendor: Continental

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    Rich March 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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    Currently using one unit on a trial basis. Sales rep has been fantastic. We did run into one system problem that we are waiting on an answer. Apparently our unit did not handle split sleeper birth correctly (per our driver) it appears the unit did not give credit for a 2 hour break when then driver then took an eight hour break giving him the required ten hours off to restart his driving time. The unit indicated driver still had two hours to remain off duty after his eight hours.

    Also we could not find any help screens on how to edit the logs if driver made an incorrect entry. The screen size also was a little small for our liking.

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    Rich April 8, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Must apologize, I was working with bad information from my safety department. We have been misunderstanding the way the split sleeper birth provision works since its inception. We were telling drivers that the clock would start over after they completed the second break (2/8 or 8/2) which gave them 10 total hours. Thus we assumed the VDO Roadlog was not capturing the data correctly.

    Again with my tell between my leg, I should have researched this issue further before my incorrect post. Learned a valuable lesson not to trust everything you hear without first investigating yourself.

    Understanding the split sleeper provision correctly now, our trial of the VDO Road log functioned as advertised and I would recommend it to other carriers in their search for a ELD solution

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      ELD Ratings April 10, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Hi Rich, thanks for clarifying. The 8/2 split rule is certainly complicated, and its a source of confusion for lots of people. Thanks for the updated info!

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    Stel June 14, 2017 at 8:41 am
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    At this moment I do not recommend to go for it.
    After using it almost 3 weeks. Observing device behaviour. Testing transfer data between device-back office, info on portal, transfer, speed of device reaction on live,etc.
    I have concluded that it is somehow over-engineered, not quite friendly user.
    The sad part it is that they DO NOT want to accept returns.
    So. If you plan to spend 700-800$ , and concluding that it is not the right option for you. Feel free to buy it.

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    Bobby Z July 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm
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    I tried one of these for 2 weeks and I concur with STEL’S review above. The support was great but unit interface seemed like Windows 95 tech. For a company that has the market in Europe I would have expected from Continental.

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    Joe White July 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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    I have been using Roadlog for months and I love it! If you know the law then this is the device to own! I believe Roadlog with its print out get me through DOT.


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    Laurin Owens October 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm
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    Customer Technical support is a joke, have been trying to set this system up for five days. Calls go to eternal hold then hang up, emails get no response.

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    farmboy December 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm
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    have had unit for several weeks havent been able to register the product yet. customer service assured me it would be up and going by 12-18-017 claim they’re overwhelmed by phone calls!!!!!!!!!!!!My question? were they not planning on that? WTF!!!

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    trucker December 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I bought 2 and they are a POS they said it was plug and play. I still cant get it to work call customer service and they said its a problem on their end, will call me back, still waiting 2 days later. Don’t waste your money on this product its not good at all.

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    Steven Thompson December 5, 2017 at 8:47 am
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    The Tech support is a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!! Been waiting 4 days for a return call. left 5 messages.I Really wish I would have seen all the bad reviews.I would have NEVER bought this system. Havent even been able to use it. From what I am reading, I guess im in for a real treat! Im sure they are slammed with calls, But they should have been ready! With a half star that is generous.

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    chris December 5, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    Have been using mine for about 2 months, have had some problems, some of my own doing and the rest on them. Went to get on the road, when I finished my dvr, I went to on duty not driving, it showed all 0’s broke out the paperlogs and started to roll and alarm sounded saying I’m in violation out of hrs. later on it started counting sleeping birth time, everything else still at 0’s. I have called twiced and left emails to get no returns on either. I just want to know if it is my unit, or they are having problems, did they sell a lot of units and out of business now? I would say don’t buy one of these units. I have about $780 in mine and I’m just a 1 trk runner. I bought another brand unit and put it in the trash. I figure their is going to be a lot of stuff out there for sale, buyer beware. Not sure what I’m going to do now, maybe the dot will give us a break………..LOL this really sucks I think my rating is a little high too!!!!!!!

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    chris December 7, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Like to back walk on the above comment I made on my Roadlog eld. Talk to a live person and found out that since I didn’t log off duty, my reset was useless and that was why it was showing all 0’s. After I was taught the edit the entries the eld is up and running. They are getting hammered on calls and having trouble getting to all them. I bought mine early so I could learn how to use it, I’m a old man and not that great with all the new gadgets in the world today. I do like the fact that their is no monthly fee and can do a print out for inspection. I do like the way it works and the info it does provide. Will admit that for me it has taken awhile to figure it all out. I would say maybe better instructions would help. I will also say I was wrong and don’t have trouble admitting it I’ll go 4 stars on it

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    john D December 8, 2017 at 10:51 am
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    Customer support it is BS.
    They can not handle the situation because the product and web portal it is total mess.
    For those who got VDO. U are F******t.

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    Brian Schroeder December 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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    Do not buy this ELD. It does not work until they activate your account. I have waited almost a week with zero responses from VDO Roadlog. I have sent 1 fax and 2 emails. Zero response. Phone just rings busy. If you think thats bad, just wait until you see the joke of an antenna you get. Short cords. They tell you to run wires on outside of cab and through the door. Then use adhesive tape to hold the crap show all together!! Thats their instructions. Who knows if it works. May never know if they cant set it up. Look elsewhere to avoid this headache.

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    Katy December 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Where did you guys buy your VDO through? I am looking to purchase this but after reading reviews I am a little worried

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    Dennis December 14, 2017 at 10:24 pm
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    Give them an opportunity to fix. I bought 2 units and waited til the last minute as well. So far they have been fairly quick to return calls. Try contacting other numbers and if faxes don’t take, get pictures and email if need be.

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    Chris December 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm
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    I have been using the Roadlog solo and it is a POS! I am pretty tech savvy and this thing is so difficult to use! The web portal isn’t easy to navigate around either, you have to export files, download files and everything should really just be a little easier to use. The device malfunctioned on day 3 and added time when it shouldn’t and all I got was jokes from tech support (after holding for an hour). I have a $750 paperweight in my office that’s for sale if anyone is interested. I wouldn’t recommend this device to anyone, not even my worst enemy.

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    Brian Schroeder December 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Hey chris your not alone!! Get ready to install the browser they reccomend……then…….wait for it…….wait. ….it still doesnt work!!!! Dont worry though as long as your not busy doing other stiff like “business” your hours on hold with tech support will go by quick!!! What a joke.

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    William December 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Very disappointed with this company as they are NOT prepared to offer customer support for their product. I purchased the VDO plus unit as an owner operator and they are not responding to my request to activate an account for me to activate my unit. I have called multiple times and have been placed on hold for hours and no one answers the phone. It is clear that this company is NOT prepared to handle this product. I would not recommend this company to anyone as they are not willing to promptly handle product issues thus rendering the unit defective. I purchased the VOD plus road log and it requires that you set up a monthly account to operate this unit.

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    Brian Schroeder December 18, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Standard units wont accept the external antenna!!! The external antenna is required in extreme circimstances. Whatever the hell that really means…..this thing is just a tossed together mess. The battery isnt even correct for its holder. Just flops around loose. I pray its not a lithium battery!!. Customer service is so poor!!! If you get an english speaker they will contraindicate the info from the broken English guy. I really hope this piece of crap doesnt fry the ecm or burn the truck down.

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    Irby December 20, 2017 at 9:09 am
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    Had trouble at first they did correct it took 4 days the only reason for external antenna would be needed if you put device in the sleeper under bunk on the dash works fine none of the modern computer products are friendly for us old get ur done drivers 40 plus years

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    Brian December 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I have 3 trucks that need elds. 2 out of the 3 that i ordered from VDO don’t work; one says the ignition is off when the truck is running, the other won’t even turn on. I called VDO tech support and waited on hold until i was prompted to leave my name and number, someone would call me back in 30 minutes. An hour and a half later some woman called and took my info to be on a call back list. About 30 hours later i got a call from a guy in the evening and he couldn’t help me because he said i needed a tech and they weren’t in. I said it was important, he said someone will call the next morning. Still no call. This is the worst customer service I’ve ever seen. They sure were happy to sell me the units, though. NO STARS!

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    jim December 21, 2017 at 8:43 am
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    purchased 5 units for a new customer. After installing with their Y cables the units will not power on with the engine. called tech support. no reply. been waiting 5 day 10 calls on hold with no response and 6 emails what a joke!

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    No longer selling them! December 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I am a VDO dealer. Let me tell you these things are a joke. I would take them all back if I could. An eternal hold message that hangs up every 8 minutes just makes it worse. VDO needs to recall these things and fix them.

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    No longer selling them! December 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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    23 calls to vdo today. Hold msg hangs up on you at 8:00 minutes exactly all 23 times. Pushed 1 to be called back within 30 minutes16 times. Started this mess at 3pm yesterday.I have still not been called back In over 24HOURS.
    “We apologize but we are experiencing a technical error” CLICK

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    Bos December 21, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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    Terrible experience.12 hrs in sleeper berth, 4.5 driving, 2 hrs break, 3 hrs driving. I still have 8:29 weekly duty time left, and it tells me 0 hrs left driving. Tech support nonexistent. Since so many of us can’t reach anyone in costumer service and we can’t operate without ELD, we should organize and sue the company for selling the product that does not work. This is NOT right. We are faced with fines if we don’t have an ELD, but the company that sells a crap that does not work, faces no consequences. We need to find a way to make them listen and either provide a tech support, or take their product back and return the money we paid for their crappy ELD.

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    Eddie December 22, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Regret the purchase. The service and technical departments are nonexistent. No return calls with messages and emails. When you do get through after hours on hold you hear that I can’t answer that question, a technician will have to call you back (that was 5 days ago). The system was down for two days for supposed software enhancements. Training videos do not match the office desktop. No troubleshooting guides for when the screens go black, to boot back up the system, or when unable to logout. There are no step by step instructions to guide you through the system nor explanations. They would get negative 5 stars from me. Would rather pay a fine and install a different ELD.

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    Rick December 22, 2017 at 11:31 am
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    Had them running since thanksgiving have had multiple sync problems, no technical support available within a reasonable timeframe. Left phone number on queu for a return call they said would come in 30 minutes. Waited from 1:30PM to 6PM gave up, call came back over 10 hours later at 11:35PM … was sleeping!!!! Office closed!! Product was misrepresented at the MATS show. Was told it was self contained ( no internet) which was BS. Now have over $7000 invested in worthless equipment. If the government mandates these then they should police the providers.

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    David Knutson December 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I have one of these what really bothers me is VDO is not making any kind of response on here to maybe say please hang in there we are at least trying…. give us some kind of response,,, hope,,, light at the end of the tunnel…

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    Brian Schroeder December 23, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    DO NOT BELIEVE THE NO EXTERNAL ANTENNA IS NEEDED B.S. I have a standard unit and it constantly drops the sattelites. If you want to deal with unknown location all over you logs get the standard unit. Only a moron would believe a dash mounted antenna is superior to a roof mounted antenna. Vdo customer service is horrible. Ryder fleet told the vdo bozos they will need to return the standard unit that drops sattelites all day long. Vdo previusly refused. Takes 2-3 days to possibly here back from vdo support and you will hafta use the support due to the non working systems. Very non user friendly.

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    Brian Schroeder December 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Since no one has mentioned it yet I hate to be the one. If you think you really hate the vdo roadlog wait until you hit the print button. It will use a whole roll of paper for 5 days of logs!! Your gonna LOVE paying for that litle roll of paper the sell fer a premium. You and I will be supporting them for many years.

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    Tom December 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm
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    Very satisfied once it is up an running.

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    Action Transport service December 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    So far we are incredibly disappointed with this unit and the supposed tech support. We are a one truck operation and not super tech savvy. We ordered the item with time to spare for the deadline and installed in time. Sales took our money but didn’t inform us there would be a lag between install and being able to use the unit. We were out of compliance and waiting patiently. Days later, we received an email with the driver login. If only that was the end of it. Very difficult to get the driver and fleet key up and running. Many long hold waits later, all in which we gave up and tried the call back, we were fortunate enough to actually get a call back from John ext.2198. He was super helpful and patient. Guess what!?!? Still unable to use it!!! Does not turn on with ignition, does not stay on, does not begin tracking time. Now waiting on hold again for the third time today as I listen to the awful music for 44 minutes. Not sure when we will be up and running with it. So frustrating!

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    No longer selling them! December 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I feel for you spent 3 hours from 10am until 1pm to get an agent who only takes messages. Would not help at all. Then called back at 3pm on old for another 2 hours to be told that they are only a call center. VDO is on Vacation this week and next. They were given a week training course to help out all of these calls they knew would be comings VDO you failed your customers, and dealers.

    ****side note, when your fueling it defaults at 300gallons. Hope you don’t put only 15 gallons in or have a f550. You’ll be pushing that damn button 285times. It wont let you change the default amount, and it won’t let you just hold it down. This thing is a POS!

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    Catherine December 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm
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    Wow what a nightmare. OK, they had to know how many unregistered units were out there, and how many people were probably going to call. They claim they were totally unprepared. First, they do not make the fact that you have to register the key obvious, second, with a promised 48 hour turn around time it took them 8 days to get back to me with the data, third, the software didn’t work, fourth, after waiting on hold I was put in the 30 minute call back cue 3 times, once it took 15 hours, once 1 hour, once they never called back, fifth, you couldn’t see the screens on their how to video. Really? What good is that? Tonight, after working since 12/19 to register the unit, I think it’s finally done, though I’ve got to say the tec support guy sounded, and also said, he was bored out of his mind. Couldn’t get my husband to try it, though. After all this, he completely believes it will never work. Oh yes, and the Kenworth Dealer in Dayton Ohio that sold us this wouldn’t stand behind it, and told us his dealer couldn’t help us either. The dealer only sells the unit, he doesn’t know anything about them. Truly ugly

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      Catherine December 29, 2017 at 7:00 am

      After getting the key to work and the unit up, we how have a note notice that says the ignition is not on. The truck is running, please! I have another call in. Good luck to all of us

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    Stephen December 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm
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    Has VDO made any concessions for this lack of service? I’m amazed they don’t have someone on here answering questions. Pushing this fuel button 285 times every time I get fuel is is a joke.

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      Anonymous January 5, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      If you hold the button it will take the number down faster

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    tim schreiber January 5, 2018 at 10:25 am

    having much difficulty getting device set up, on the phone numerous times wit techs the are slow to reply usually 1 week till the call back then you will be on the phone with them for a couple hours and think the problem was solved but the next day same problem . highly recommend staying away from this co

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    Tim P January 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm
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    Got nowhere with VDO tech system for over a month. It was finally determined to be a tier 2 issue (whatever that meant) 2 weeks into the constant waiting on hold. Got a return call from a tier 2 agent about 5 days later just to let me know system was down for maintenance… return call or responses to my messages after that. Boxed the unit up Jan 2, dealer I bought it from said they’ll credit my account. So…i ordered a different company’s eld on Dec 29, was at my place of business on jan2, made 2 phone calls to their tech dept (less than 7 minutes wait each time) and the unit was up and running correctly the afternoon of Jan 3.

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    Anonymous January 6, 2018 at 9:27 am
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    I purchased the road log by continental and I am extremely disappointed with the poor customer service. I would not recommend this company to anyone looking for a ELD.

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    rhonda January 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm
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    Never did work. No customer support and exspensive. I am using keep truckin and love it.

    It doesn’t deserve any stars.

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    Brian Schroeder January 9, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Okay folks……gonna give you the backdoor into VDO to get your call answered on first try. I guarantee if you call the VDO SALES phone line they will answer during business hours. Listen to and follow prompts to get to sales. Call their sales department as they have adequate help in that department. Salesman “Chris” was able to get me a level 2 tech and solve one issue that no one else had a clue about. Be sure to tell them how bad the support center has been if that was your experience. ALSO….when entering fuel gallons hold the button down continously to rapidly decrease gallons. GOOD LUCK.

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    Blake January 11, 2018 at 10:34 am
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    Works great once you have it set up.

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    Randy January 12, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I have placed over 25 calls to the tech department. I am not sure that there is a living breathing person there. Have never spoke to a person yet. Haas anybody really talked to someone there. And this 9 to 5 crap does not get it.

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    Tim B January 13, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    I have 3 units 2 seem to work kinda 1 is a total joke after hours of waiting for phone calls to be returned same problems still exist . I give no stars what a POS dont look at VDO

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    Paul January 14, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Got 1 installed, waited a week before I got the email for fleet key and portal setup, got it running with firmware updates after plugging in the fleet/driver key, even went trucking for the week. Started the truck in the morning and it displays no record of past 7/8 days and no hours left to drive. This thing is a super piece of shit. Don’t buy it. What a waste of money. Fuck vdo, fuck elogs, and last but not least fuck me for blowing 799$ on this piece of shit. Wish I would have seen these reviews before I bought it.

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    Stephen January 15, 2018 at 7:55 pm


    Just wanted to give you a heads up that the unit will not count down the correct amount of driving time until you have a full week or a 34 hour reset. This I found out after almost 10 phone calls to vdo

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    Dustin January 16, 2018 at 11:11 am
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    Worst customer service ever!!! It almost feels like a scam. Call here, leave a message here, email here, no solutions. Don’t buy!!!

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