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Speedometer/Odometer is off about 10%, 2006 Jetta, 2.5

I contacted the dealer regarding the speedometer/odometer being 10% higher than the actual speed/distance. He said, "Hey, no big deal. It's commonly known that VW's speedometers are off by about 10%. What's your next question?"

I told him that my next question is, "Where's the nearest Toyota dealership? I want to trade this car in for one that works."

Anyone ever hear of this before?

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  • jetta bug Feb 20, 2009

    I have the same problem. This is a big deal, since I lease the car and will pay for mileage over the contract limit. There was a class action suit against Honda for the same issue, brought by the lessees and settled in their favor. Is anyone else having this problem?



    The dealer in my case seemed "ho hum" about the issue when I brought it to his attention while the vehicle was under warranty and said it was no big deal.



    Anyone interested in getting this to VW's attantion?

  • brandyl2004 Mar 04, 2009

    I have a 2006 Jetta and I have the same problem. It's still under warranty and I brought my car into a dealership to have this looked at, and they said they could fix it. I even talked with them two seperate times and asked if they were sure they could fix it and they said "Yes." Well when I went in to get the problem fixed, they said that they couldn't fix the issue of my odometer being off, and that it would be illegal to do so. I was so upset that they lied to me, and basically promised that it would be fixed with no problem. I guess my next step is to call VW of America (Corporate) and see what they have to say.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    Same problem with '06 Jetta TDI.

    Off by about 10%.

    Have not talk to dealer about issue.

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I have a 2006 and a 2004 Jetta - the '06 is off by 4 mph and the '04 is off by 2 mph - differences calcuated by multiple GPS units in the cars for testing.

Apparently I took the easy way out and bought larger tires to compensate for the speedo difference. My '04 now matches my GPS mph and my '06 is off by just .5 mph.

Go to http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp?action=submit and compare the OEM size to larger size tires - this will tell you, in MPH, the difference between the tires. Figure out how much your speedometer is off, go to this web site and find a tire that will be "faster" than the OEM that is equal or close to the speedometer difference.

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I had the same odometer problem with my 2008 jetta, it was off 4.8 miles for every 29.3 miles driven. They fixed it at 20,434 miles, total extra miles on car - 3,347.5. They tell me they reset the speedometer to spec's. This fixed the problem, but VW refuses to adjust my lease for the miles or refund the money for the miles. They say the fix couldn't have fixed the odometer, Why did they make the adjustment if they knew it wouldn't fix it???. Please respond if anyone else is having the same problem. - paxair@msn.com

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  • PAXAIR Dec 14, 2009

    After sending a complaint to the Attorney General and the BBB Volkswagen and the dealership settled for the money to cover the 3,347.5 miles my odometer was off. I also send a complaint to the national agency that handles recalls. Maybe they will see this is a major problem and make Volkswagen fix their odometers!



    Paxair.

  • sandra mezzanotte Jan 07, 2014

    Hi there- I have a new beetle tdi and the odometer jumped 11,000 miles in one day. Does anyone know of any class action lawsuits about this against vw?

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Yes. This problem is not uncommon when you think that there are millions of the same vehicles built yearly. It may be a error in calibration from the manufacturer. All speedometers are not going to calculate the same "exact" speed. It is just like keeping time. No one keeps the same exact time, you can be two or three minutes off of the exact time. There are people who are that "detail oriented" to have the correct time at all times. It just a preference

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