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I have a 2003 VW Jetta GL 2.0. When I took the car to a

I have a 2003 VW...
I have a 2003 VW Jetta GL 2.0. When I took the car to a mechanic for electrical repairs a few years back, the speedometer cluster was changed and they replaced with with a used speedometer cluster that had a different mileage count. The mechanic told me there was no way to modify the mileage count on the replacement odometer. Is this true?
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Eric
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HI,

The mechanic is correct. The mileage cannot be changed in the instrument cluster like one could on older vehicles. The mileage is kept in a control module in the cluster and cannot be tampered with in order to change the mileage. The only way to have the correct mileage is to install a new cluster and have it programmed with the most current mileage. At that point, it cannot be altered.

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