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golfer7332

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 8:34:37 PM

my two newer cars have true speed of 93 and 95 kph when speedo indication is 100 kph. I suspect this maybe the newer car trend. I don't remember older year cars have this issues. What year and make of car if your speeding is inaccurate. I use a portable GPS to verified the speed.
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psm80134
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 10:03:28 AM

No speedometer is ever 100% precise.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 9:57:10 AM

Yes, it matches my GPS.
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BigHorne1
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 9:28:11 AM

I hope so
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 9:10:22 AM

yes
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EdPG
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 9:07:36 AM

Yes, 2013 & 2014
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puddy
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:50:55 AM

yes
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Fredelin
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:35:24 AM

I would think the reading of my BMW odometer is accurate
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:24:03 AM

Cross checked with my radar detector's software and reporting and it's a yes.
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Will 1
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:21:10 AM

yes
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:16:16 AM

Very close according to my gps speedometer
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RF4CPhantom
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:11:46 AM

Yes
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WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:03:08 AM

Not really sure
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:01:43 AM

I think my vehicles are 1 or 2 mph off also.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 6:13:45 AM

yes..........
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 5:55:39 AM

mine is 3 mph slow.
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cujo1977
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 4:49:26 AM

N
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FuelPump
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 3:20:09 AM

Probably within the 2% margin that manufactures consider acceptable.
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GBMAX
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:02:25 PM

yes
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golfer7332
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 8:19:43 PM

95 volvo and 2001 Mazda are spot on, 2005 acura off 5%, 2011 VW off 7%. Actually got moneyback from Acura due to a class action law suit in the states.Apparently the Acura odo reading is tied in the same signal as the speedo unlike VW.
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bearscharger
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 3:35:45 PM

yes
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kellyoneal
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:46:10 PM

yes
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:34:51 PM

Yes, as compared with my GPS and also roadside radar displays. The speedometer is a digital readout (not an analog guage), so the numbers do match up exactly.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:51:58 AM

Very accurate.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:51:54 AM

Yes. Checked it with my GPS in both of my vehicles.
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DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:42:36 AM

I'm assuming it is.....No speeding tickets as of late.
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weddy11
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 9:12:24 AM

My Honda fit is right on, my 98 ford ranger is 5% slow due to oversize tires.
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russells350
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:50:37 AM

yes
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GustheCat2
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:28:34 AM

Mine reads about 2mph fast
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Millers37
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 6:24:25 AM

Yes
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SilverBTX
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:00:04 AM

Yes
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:36:09 AM

Speedometer is off by a couple of mph at highway speed. Funny though when I take a readout on my Scanguage the speed is dead on. (comparing to GPS that is) Yet Scanguage reads the same computer and sensor the speedometer does.

The only explanation is this is deliberately done by the factory. Its a safety thing to fool you into thinking you are going faster than you are.
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JoeKing
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 3:50:30 AM

yes
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 3:28:19 AM

Verify by finding a stretch of road with speed check markings, and do a simple timing. The only times I have ever been out by more than a couple of mph were, on one car, after replacing a blown transmission with one from a newer model (old speedo was in mph, tranny came from a model in kph, didn't change the speedo gear), and on another car, when I upsized wheel/tire combination.
My present car is so close that, on several runs through the speedo check, we calculate speedo is within 1% of actual speed.
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glambgirl
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 3:22:40 AM

Have always just assumed the speedometer was accurate.
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04Ram1500
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:55:29 AM

Yep
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 12:49:47 AM

Hope so.
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kenpowers
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:32:36 AM

yes
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wrmedic
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:27:47 AM

Most of the vehicles I have checked with a GPS are showing 3-4 mph faster on the speedometer then you are really going. I have checked several cars over the years and I don't know that this is a new trend.
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jes
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:18:14 AM

Hope so.
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:37:32 AM

The Toyota is the BMW is about 5 mph high on the highway.
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Trowinsamoan
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 10:18:39 AM

Think sko
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JohnBoy53
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 9:39:36 PM

I had a Dodge Ram 1500 which 17" tires came standard. Some previous owner put 20" tires on it and the speed was off exactly 10%. It was actually going faster than the indicated speed. Again, verified by a GPS.
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