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The tachometer in my instrument cluster stopped working ...so instead of repairing it I thought it would be easier and cheaper just to buy a new (used) instrument cluster. My 1999 9-3 Turbo convert has a metric speedo and odometer and the one I bought is a US one showing miles. Before I do the switch can anyone tell me if the US cluster will properly work in my car? Also is the odometer controlled by the ECU and can it be re-calibrated.
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The odometer is not controlled by the ECU in these cars and stores the miles in its own memory. The odo will work in your car but show the donor's car mileage (which in some cases might be considered fraud, so be aware).
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The odometer is not controlled by the ECU in these cars and stores the miles in its own memory. The odo will work in your car but show the donor's car mileage (which in some cases might be considered fraud, so be aware).
I have no idea what the new clusters odometer reading is - it may be higher or lower in any case I would disclose this if I decide to sell. But since my car's original cluster is in KL. would the replacement US unit indicate the MPH and odometer readings in miles accurately?
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I suppose this will upset you, but why did you buy a US-spec cluster?

I wouldn't buy a Canada-spec cluster.....
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I suppose this will upset you, but why did you buy a US-spec cluster?

I wouldn't buy a Canada-spec cluster.....
Maybe the dealers Tech2 ($100 to $200 per hour, one hour increments).
Your savings ?
Better to repair the OEM, IMO.
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There are nearly 20 "casings" listed in the EPC. The casing is the part with the electronics, guages and lamps. The casings are either in KM/H or MPH. And there are no notes about using a Tech 2 scan tool on them like there is on the Odometer which is sold seperately... Ron
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I suppose this will upset you, but why did you buy a US-spec cluster?

I wouldn't buy a Canada-spec cluster.....
Not all upset with your reasonable question ----- I bought it in haste through Ebay.
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Whew!!

Well, unless you get some pretty firm indication that it is convertible, I recommend you cut your losses early and start over!
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FWIW, I checked EPC and the tach is an integral part of the instrument cluster - no listing whatsoever of separate part numbers for the individual instruments.
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And, be aware that BBA (and possibly others) reman these!
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Well, unless you get some pretty firm indication that it is convertible, I recommend you cut your losses early and start over!
Ya.. live and learn ...... for some strange reason the tack stared working again so I suspect that the problem is not in the instrument cluster but must be some loose or corroded wire ---
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