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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-02-2006, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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So, as I found out by a little 'experiment' that, the gauge cluster actually stores the amount of miles digitally, IN THE GAUGE CLUSTER!

I would think that the miles would be stored in the ECU so, something as simple as swapping out a gauge cluster wouldn't cross anyones mind.

But, that's not at all true. It is that simple.


WHY would they make it like that?



I wanted the El Glow gauges but, whenever I hooked them up, let's just say that the 'mileage' dramatically went down. Extremely illegal IIRC.

Is there any way to reprogram the new gauges?


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Is there anyway to swap out just the odometer? this is what I had to do with I swap my gauges on my old civic.
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We took the backing off and it's just one big circuit board. So I guess that's a no?


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No on all accounts. When my car had 10k miles, my CEL came on, and the cluster had gone bad. It needed replacement, and the dealer did so under warranty. When I drove away from the dealership, my odo read 0. I even went back in and asked if this was correct, and they said there's no way to alter the odometer and this was the only solution to my problem. So, I have 10k miles less on my odo than I should.


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Aaaaand... isn't that illegal? And I'm not talking about like, having blue LED's illegal, or neons, or no sidemarker lights in our tail lights.

I mean ... extremely illegal.


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I thought so too, but my dealer verified it with Mazda USA maintenance headquarters or some shit like that. I didn't feel right about it, but, there's nothing else you can do. They did put a sticker inside my door by the manufacturer's plate stating that the odometer was replaced at 10xxx miles. I mean, a digital odometer is what it is, can't be adjusted. What other option is there?


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seems to me they'd have an electronic record since a sticker can be removed so easily to scam somone...

Either that or the ECU does actually store it somehow but cant update the ODO if that gauge is replaced.
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I imagine it's stored in some Mazda database or something somewhere, but hell, I don't care. It doesn't bother me one bit


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So, if it's not able to be adjusted, and some people on here have switched to the El gauges, how did they go about with the Odometer?

Did they even worry about it?

I would have put the gauges on in a heartbeat if it weren't for the damned odometer, but I missed out.

Can I make a sticker of my own?


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I think that others that did it didn't worry about it. My dealer's service manager assured me that there is no way to reprogram the gauges.


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