Odometer Reset back to Zero!!!

AZ98TDI

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My 1998 Jetta was approaching 300000 miles so I wanted to take a picture to capture the glorious moment. So I snapped a shot at 299999 and then waited for 300000 but instead of 300 it went to 0!!! So I took a picture of 0 instead.

Has anybody seen this before? I am talking about the cars' odometer not the trip.
It's like it reset back when it was a new car.

Do these digital odometers only count so far to then reset or what?

Any feedback would be nice to hear:)
 

blind

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Total will also disappear when it changes to zero. This is normal.
 

Vince Waldon

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Yup... the first time they roll over to 300,000 the word "Total" disappears, the second time I believe the odo just stays at 0 permanently.

A couple times a year I'll see someone advertising a "low mileage MK3.. only 50K miles on her!" but sadly the word "total" is missing. ;-)

If you want to re-live it vicariously Youtube has several videos of people rolling their MK3s to 0.
 

Stealth TDI

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Hmmm,

Yup... the first time they roll over to 300,000 the word "Total" disappears, the second time I believe the odo just stays at 0 permanently.
I didn't know about what happens at the second rollover. Has it actually happened to anyone? At my pace and if the car holds up, I should roll over the second time when the car's 22 years old. :p

Scott
 

rdkern

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Hmmm,



I didn't know about what happens at the second rollover. Has it actually happened to anyone? At my pace and if the car holds up, I should roll over the second time when the car's 22 years old. :p

Scott
I just placed my 67 bug with an owner that might have it for a while - it was only 43 years old. Not unusual with a VW that is somewhat taken care of. It didn't have 600K, but the body could have taken it.
 

Vince Waldon

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Yeah... don't remember where I read it... but someone had reverse-engineering the cluster programming enough to figure out that 600K was the max it was designed to read.
 

OxyBolzen

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My odometer says over 291 000 km, with the 'total' too, but the car history says the first owner sold the car with 329 000 km on it. Is it possible to reprogram the odometer to display a lower number, or was the cluster replaced?

Another interesting fact from the car history, there were some funky numbers going on, including an increase of 121 000 km in one month, which is only possible if you drive 168 km/h for a month STRAIGHT, no stopping.

Someone has been messing with my odometer, eh? :)
 

ChippedNotBroken

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I don't think so ...

Km ain't miles.


Must be a swapped cluster.
My odometer says over 291 000 km, with the 'total' too, but the car history says the first owner sold the car with 329 000 km on it. Is it possible to reprogram the odometer to display a lower number, or was the cluster replaced?

Another interesting fact from the car history, there were some funky numbers going on, including an increase of 121 000 km in one month, which is only possible if you drive 168 km/h for a month STRAIGHT, no stopping.

Someone has been messing with my odometer, eh? :)
 

BigMike85

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My 1998 Jetta was approaching 300000 miles so I wanted to take a picture to capture the glorious moment. So I snapped a shot at 299999 and then waited for 300000 but instead of 300 it went to 0!!! So I took a picture of 0 instead.
Has anybody seen this before? I am talking about the cars' odometer not the trip.
It's like it reset back when it was a new car.
Do these digital odometers only count so far to then reset or what?
Any feedback would be nice to hear:)
This literally happened to me two days ago! I have pictures of it as well. Is it a glitch in the system, or what?

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_1TKXKgVOuWk/TRGqRz1SLCI/AAAAAAAABDk/xN6jj7KSw28/s400/299999miles.jpg
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_1TKXKgVOuWk/TRGqSN5lGgI/AAAAAAAABDo/3FRFaLWy5_c/s400/300000miles.jpg
 

rdkern

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First digit doesn't have the proper lines to make the "4" - upper left is missing. Why? Who knows.
 

nm57

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I just turned over 300.000km and the "TOTAL" is gone.The odometer is gone back to "0" and going back up again.

Nebojsa
 

okanTDI

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i can confirm that the second time you roll over 300,000 that it doesn't go to 0... the second time it does all dashes. in canada they roll at 300,000 kilometers instead of miles. my mom caught a video of it..

found this thread trying to figure out how to make it show the odometer again.. because as of now it just stays at "------" and we have to use the trip to keep track.. but it's only a matter of time before we reset that..
 

ymz

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Anyone know what happens with the MkIVs at 999,999 km?? (We're up over 713,000...) One of the dealers where I was picking up parts said I should come see them when we get there...

Y.
 

Sweeps

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Anyone know what happens with the MkIVs at 999,999 km?? (We're up over 713,000...) One of the dealers where I was picking up parts said I should come see them when we get there...

Y.
You're racking them up quick! I seem to remember you were around 600,000km not that long ago!

(Well, it probably wasn't that long ago, maybe a bit over a year :))
 

ymz

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You're racking them up quick! I seem to remember you were around 600,000km not that long ago! (Well, it probably wasn't that long ago, maybe a bit over a year :))
17 months... to be precise...

Too much driving... this is getting tiresome...

Cheers,

Yuri
 

Vince Waldon

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so does anyone know how we can get the odometer working again? need to know when to change the oil and what not..
I researched this a while ago and determined that it's not possible, at least for the average person. The cluster is behaving as designed.

Member "a3clusters" on vwvortex is the go-to guy in terms of repairing MK3 clusters when they break... he may know of a way to bypass this issue.

Or, grab a replacement cluster at a junkyard and motor on.
 

Mr_Deezy

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I almost hate to put this up on the forum, but when I bought my Passat a few months ago the PO told me that the instrument cluster failed. No fuel gage, temp, ect but the odometer still worked. He got tire of not having the other stuff so he had the cluster replaced. The new cluster started at zero and when I bought it it was up to 54 miles. On the drivers door jam is a sticker stating the cluster was replaced and the original mileage was 167,xxx.

All that being said, the interior is in awesome condition, it starts easily and quickly every time even in cold weather. And despite a few minor problems that he didn't mention to me (windows, radio, door hadles stuff) the car seems to be in very good condition. BUT it does not say "TOTAL" on the odometer. Does this mean the car rolled past 400,000 before I bought it? I have a hard time believing it considering the condition of the car.

what do you guys think?
 

Rig

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Apparently, "3" is as far as it goes, and then the word "TOTAL" disappears.

The computer apparently doesn't keep trackon its own?

The computer on my 2006 calculates what the instrument cluster SHOULD be reading. There is a difference when you scan it, by a few miles, but you can tell whether the instrument cluster has been swapped or tampered with (and not the computer memory). I guess it would be possible to re-set the computer memory as well.
 
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