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welcome to the forum. i also have an 03 and when i change the time on my nav unit it automatically changes the analog on the cluster. however my clock has always been 2-10 minutes off of what the center console reads. if i only changed it a few minutes the analog wouldn't even change, i would have to change it by a few hours, then change it to the time i needed. hope this helps and again, welcome
 

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The analog clocks are unreliable to say the least. Mine was off by 10 minutes for the longest time. Then I changed the time and it seemed to sync back. Now I noticed its already drifting 2-3 minutes a month later.
 

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It's a lost cause to get the two clocks to display the same time. I have a 03 and got tired of trying, I changed out the gauge cluster to the new model that has the temp gauge instead of the analog clock. You can also place your favorite sticker or emblem over the analog clock. :eek:
 

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FastCTS said:
It's a lost cause to get the two clocks to display the same time. I have a 03 and got tired of trying, I changed out the gauge cluster to the new model that has the temp gauge instead of the analog clock. You can also place your favorite sticker or emblem over the analog clock. :eek:
Where would I go about getting a newer cluster and how much do they run?
 

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I think some people have got them free from dealer, because the analog clock is defective. I got mine from the dealer a couple of months after I bought (11-03) the car, paid $500.00 to have it installed. You can probably get it cheaper now.
 

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d-dash said:
Where would I go about getting a newer cluster and how much do they run?
salvage yard. No offense to the people that spent 500 for a new cluster, but I got a perfect 05 cluster from a salvage yard for 100 dollars. Most expensive I saw was 200. No point in buying new.
 

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You can try to disconnect the battery for 5 minutes.
Then reconnect it, set the clock on the radio and the IPC clock should reset itself properly.
I have seen a few that veer off of the proper time.
This usually gets them working again for a while.
 

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I got mine for $50 on EBay last year just six months after buying the car. That clock pissed me off too much. It was always off after setting it with the DIC or Nav. It's only a 10 minute swap (after you have your miles programmed into the new IP).
 

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When I bought my 03 that clock was off by 20 minutes. When I adjusted the time on the radio the cluster clock would change with it, but still off by 20 minutes. I had it reset by the dealer but have noticed its already drifted by about 5 minutes or so (again it stays 5 minutes off no matter how I adjust the clock on the radio). I'm planning on taking it in for an oil change (bringing my own Mobil 1) on friday so I think I'll request the upgrade to the 04 or 05 cluster while I'm there.
 

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so heres a question that caddy man and i were talking about when he stopped by to install his volant...i think it raises some good questions for non-nav people...

03, no nav, analog clock. you buy the 04 or 05 cluster with the temp gauge, plug it in, have your miles reprogrammed, temp gauge works, and you are good to go...heres the question...

on the DIC i do not have a clock normally, only the analog...is that normal? if you install the temp gauge, will a clock function now show on the DIC? if i install the new cluster i'm afraid i won't have a clock in the car...

whats up with that.
 

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believe me i'd love to...but this whole "carputer thing" has got me thinking about the extra features i can have at about the same cost when all is said and done...

i think i might go to the dealer and complain that the clock is constantly being off and see if i can't get them to hook me up with a new cluster w/ the temp gauge. i can live without a clock in the car if i can have that temp gauge (thats what cell phones are for, right?)
 

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I dont know why all you guys dont get the time on your DIC screen. The time has always been the primary display on mine. Whenever I change the volume or radio station, that will be displayed (radio station or cd track info, not volume), but after about 5 seconds it goes back to the time. I'm pretty sure you guys have tried to find it in the DIC, I'll take a look tonight and see what I can find.
 

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FastCTS, try and find out your build date...we'll compare it with DDS (who has a clock on the DIC) to the rest of us, who do not. maybe they added it or changed the firmware at a later manufacturing date...

if so, the dealer is going to get yet another visit...my list is growing longer by the day. i think they hate me...i need to flip flop between 2 dealers
 

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I think the point everyone is trying to express is that they have a clock on their cluster and it doesn't work right.
I don't think it's so much about actually relying on that clock to know what time it is so much.
 

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TripleOught said:
FastCTS, try and find out your build date...we'll compare it with DDS (who has a clock on the DIC) to the rest of us, who do not. maybe they added it or changed the firmware at a later manufacturing date...

if so, the dealer is going to get yet another visit...my list is growing longer by the day. i think they hate me...i need to flip flop between 2 dealers
I know what you mean. My list started on monday as "hey, I should get the oil changed this week". Now I'm bringing my own Mobil 1 for the oil change and asking for waranty replacement of the instrument cluster (replace w/ an 05 cluster if possible so i get the chrome trim), headlights (upgrade to HIDs?), and the rear bezzle (lenses over the plate lights are fogging). I'm also gonna work him over for used V parts like the exhaust, grill, bumper, nav...AND I'm gonna harrass the sales manager for an arival date for the 18" wheel sport appearance package. Man, they are gonna hate me by the time I leave...
 
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