First of all, I’d like to apologize to you all for the lack of updates. I’d like to get more stories out, more often. I will try my best to do that. Also, I’d like to apologize to Jerry for not getting this story out earlier.
Jerry Baustian sent me a very interesting story about his 2003 VW Golf Mk4 TDI. Instead of paraphrasing it, I thought I’d let his e-mail speak for itself:
“The engine computer records distance in kilometers, then the instrument cluster converts the data to miles in the odometer. The instrument cluster cannot convert 7 digit numbers though, so before I hit the one-million-kilometer point my friend Eric Merker at Midwest Motorworks in Hudson, Wisconsin, rolled back the odometer exactly 400,000 miles. This was on November 5, 2016 — from 612,443 to 212,443. Eric had to obtain special software and promise the source that it would not be used for any fraudulent purposes. Besides service records from Midwest Motorworks, I also have corroborating records from Chad Erickson at South Central Imports in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The current odometer reading is 263,508 so the actual mileage is 663,508.
The next time the odometer reaches 600,000 the actual mileage will be 1,000,000. This assumes that the Golf does not get wrecked and that I continue to drive it 50k-60k miles a year, so probably in 2023 or maybe 2022.”
It appears the metric and imperial systems won’t ever be friends. Whether it be crashing a Mars orbiter, or making it hard to track a VW past a million miles, the US system of measuring things just doesn’t play nice with anyone. Or maybe it’s that nobody puts seven digits in their damn instrument clusters. Seriously, would that break the bank? Jerry is very serious about his quest for a million miles. So serious, in fact, he had a screenshot of the ECU mileage taken.