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Old 05-12-2008, 06:07 AM   #1
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SVT Focus odometer reading, is it legit?

It's pretty obvious that the svt focus doesn't actually go as fast as the speedometer is telling the computer to display. For instance, my focus cruises at 43 miles per hour while other cars are going 40 MPH. So wouldn't it be detrimental over time in terms of real driven mileage on the odometer? Let's take a look:

SVTF has driven 68,300 according to the odometer.

Hours driven = 68300/43MPH = 1588 hours.

1588 hours behind the wheel of a car cuising at an average of 40 MPH (being the likely average overall speed of a car with an accurate speedo)

1588 x 40 = 63,534 ACTUAL miles on the car

68300 / 63,534 = 1.075, or 7.5% less overall miles.

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Wow...I never thought of things that way...that's crazy....THEY ARE SCAMMING US!
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The analog speedometer could be 3 mph off, and this inaccuracy could be totally independent of the odometer accuracy.

IIRC, the diagnostic mode includes speed as one of it's outputs and it's pretty dang close to the speed reported by a GPS. This probably means that the odometer is pretty accurate too.
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You know turbo, you bring up a very good point. When I go through Milwaukee's speed traps, I've always noticed that the speedo calibration is always 2-3 miles off. Now I don't feel so bad about turning 48k miles now...lol
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Put slightly taller size tires on your car and regain some of the lost miles!

OOPS......sorry.....disregard......I don't have an svtf......sorry!
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My sister-in-law has a 2006 Honda Civic and was notified by Honda that her warranty had been extended using a formula simular to what turbo posted. Honda got sued for false mileage claims and lost so they agreed to extend the warranty by how much the speedo was off.
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It's pretty obvious that the svt focus doesn't actually go as fast as the speedometer is telling the computer to display. For instance, my focus cruises at 43 miles per hour while other cars are going 40 MPH. So wouldn't it be detrimental over time in terms of real driven mileage on the odometer? Let's take a look:

SVTF has driven 68,300 according to the odometer.

Hours driven = 68300/43MPH = 1588 hours.

1588 hours behind the wheel of a car cuising at an average of 40 MPH (being the likely average overall speed of a car with an accurate speedo)

1588 x 40 = 63,534 ACTUAL miles on the car

68300 / 63,534 = 1.075, or 7.5% less overall miles.

BUMMER!
You are correct. It is a rip-off. My speedo is about 3-4 mph too high. I did a mileage study by checking it with interstate mile markers on 3 different roads. The mileaged displayed on my odometer was the same percentage off on the high side as my speedometer. The bottm line is that my 36k bumper to bumper warranty actually ran out around 33K, and my 100k powertrain will actually be up at around 93-94k.
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I run my GPS int he Current Trip/ Speed Setting so I have a more accurate Reading of my speed. At 45 I'ts dead on at 65 its 2mph slow at 85 its 4 mph slow at um yeah its almost 7 miles slow
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WOW. So there is some legitimacy to this claim? I wonder if this is something that Ford should be notified of? I could easily pull in another 500 bucks on the sale of my car if it had 63,000 instead of closer to 70,000. Now i'm pissed!
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