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Old 03-27-2012, 08:42 AM
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Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

I love everything about my new 2012 Overland, but one thing I noticed that is kind of goofy is that Chrysler did not make the gauges very bright during the day. Most newer vehicles these days have the gauges backlit very brightly by LED's, but now with the Jeep I think they are lit, but its so dim they are still hard to see. And then the needles are almost invisible. Am I missing a setting here or something? Yes I know they have the fancy EVIC screen in the middle which is capable of displaying plenty of information, but I kind of wish the gauges were nicely lit during the day like most vehicles.

As an example, here is a picture of the gauges in my previous vehicle that I sold for the Grand Cherokee, my 2007 Acura TL Type S. These gauges looked sweet, and this picture was takin during the day!

So does anyone else agree with me about the dim gauges and needles that are difficult to see during the day? And before anyone says im getting old or need glasses or whatever, im only 31 and have 20/20 vision thanks lol

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Old 03-27-2012, 08:56 AM
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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

You're getting old and need glasses. Have you tried turning up the brightness with the dial next to the headlight switch? Mine are plenty bright. The only problem I have is that sometimes the sun shines directly on the Nav screen and makes it impossible to see for brief periods.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:09 AM
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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

only issue is Nav screen with sunglasses on and when sunlight hits it. but the speedo and tach compared to other cars I have isn't that bright. move the dimmer up a notch.
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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

Well I dont think the dimmer switch does anything during the day when the headlights are off. Ahh well n/m I guess its just me and maybe its just more noticeable for now until I get used to them since the car I came from makes them very bright during the day.

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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

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You're getting old and need glasses. Have you tried turning up the brightness with the dial next to the headlight switch? Mine are plenty bright. The only problem I have is that sometimes the sun shines directly on the Nav screen and makes it impossible to see for brief periods.
+1 plus a portion of the gauge is blocked by the steering wheel (top-right).
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+1 plus a portion of the gauge is blocked by the steering wheel (top-right).
Yep us taller folk have a problem seeing the speedo.
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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

Have to agree. In bright Florida sunlight they are hard to see and with sunglasses on, needles just disappear (am supposed to have a tinted windscreen (code GBBS). If it is I really cannot see any tinting).

Does yours look like this ? If I could not keep the EVIC on MPH I just would have to guess. Do wonder if DOT or SAE or somebody has legibility requirements.

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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

^^^ thank you, that is my point exactly! I notice it more on sunny days as well where you literally cannot see the needles, and the actual number dials are very tough to see, and partially blocked by the steering wheel anyway lol. Its not a big deal just a minor thing I noticed, but like I said it was more obvious to me becuase my Acura lights up the gauges like day even in direct sunlight. It was great!
I wonder why they dont have the LED's light them up very bright during the day? maybe becuase they think people are going to just use the EVIC display. who knows.

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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

Coming from an '07 TL as well and I have no issues with the gauges.
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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

I do agree that the steering wheel gets in the way of the speed though.
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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

Maybe I'm just lazy, or because I'm not used to see the speedometer offset from center, but I find I rely on the EVIC at least 90% of the time to see my speed. As mentioned by others, the top of the steering wheel cuts off the analogue speedometer. Because of that I have to actually look to see what speed I'm going, rather than just glancing quick and knowing my speed.

I'm not sure that additional lights would help - I'm sure I could turn up my dashboard lighting. I think the problem is a combination of the size of the steering wheel, the position of my seat, and the fact that the analogue gauge isn't in the center.
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Re: Am I the only one that things the gauges are hard to see during the day?

I'm 6'2" and have no problem. Sure they're not lit up like a christmas tree during the day but you can still see them. If the wheel is blocking the speedo there are a few easy fixes. Move further away from the steering wheel, lower your seat or adjust the steering wheel position.
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