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Old 01-16-2020, 06:45 AM
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Default Speedometer & Odometer Not Accurate

Last summer I purchased a used 2011 Versa Hatchback and after a month of driving it I noticed that the speedometer and odometer were inaccurate. This was determined by driving a known route and later by comparing to a GPS.



The speedometer reads 93% of the actual speed. So if the speedometer indicates 65 MPH the actual speed is 70 MPH.


The odometer is indicating more mileage than actually traveled. The actual mileage is 96% of what is indicated by the odometer. On a trip of 421.7 miles (GPS) the odometer indicated 437.5 miles. That's 15.8 miles difference.


The tires are the correct size and pressure so I know that isn't the cause of the difference.


How do I get this fixed?
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:16 PM
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Last summer I purchased a used 2011 Versa Hatchback and after a month of driving it I noticed that the speedometer and odometer were inaccurate. This was determined by driving a known route and later by comparing to a GPS.



The speedometer reads 93% of the actual speed. So if the speedometer indicates 65 MPH the actual speed is 70 MPH.


The odometer is indicating more mileage than actually traveled. The actual mileage is 96% of what is indicated by the odometer. On a trip of 421.7 miles (GPS) the odometer indicated 437.5 miles. That's 15.8 miles difference.


The tires are the correct size and pressure so I know that isn't the cause of the difference.


How do I get this fixed?
There was a recall issued to fix that problem. You should contact a dealer to see if it was done on your vehicle.
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:30 AM
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There was a recall issued to fix that problem. You should contact a dealer to see if it was done on your vehicle.

I found out that the recall expired in April of 2019.
The local dealer said it would cost $130 + tax to reprogram it. Is that something that can be done as a DIY project or does it take specialized equipment?
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Old 01-23-2020, 02:21 AM
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I found out that the recall expired in April of 2019.
The local dealer said it would cost $130 + tax to reprogram it. Is that something that can be done as a DIY project or does it take specialized equipment?
It requires 2 special tools to program .
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Old 01-29-2020, 11:41 AM
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It requires 2 special tools to program .

I took my car into the Nissan dealer this morning to get the speedometer
and odometer fixed. After all the info was looked up the estimated cost
jumped from $130 + tax to $260 + tax. The increase was because the fix
requires the instrument cluster needs to pulled out and and plugged into
another contraption that updates the firmware in a electronic device
located in the instrument cluster. He also said on rare occasions it
will fry the thing and then I would have to replace the cluster
.

What really concerns me more than the cost if the possibility of frying the unit.



Do you have any idea how common or rare that really is?
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Old 01-30-2020, 02:38 AM
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I took my car into the Nissan dealer this morning to get the speedometer
and odometer fixed. After all the info was looked up the estimated cost
jumped from $130 + tax to $260 + tax. The increase was because the fix
requires the instrument cluster needs to pulled out and and plugged into
another contraption that updates the firmware in a electronic device
located in the instrument cluster. He also said on rare occasions it
will fry the thing and then I would have to replace the cluster
.

What really concerns me more than the cost if the possibility of frying the unit.



Do you have any idea how common or rare that really is?
I have never had a problem with one not working after the program. I have also never heard of that happening.
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Old 02-04-2020, 10:55 AM
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Usually doesn't happen...but, as we call in the industry: "covering their ass."
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