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post #16 of 24 Old 09-17-2014, 08:51 AM
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Are we sure JD makes the gauge cluster or is it outsourced along with the other useless junk on today's tractors?

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I really don't know if that is relevant. If JD put the part in that is faulty, whether they made it or not and then DO NOT STAND behind the product, the OP is correct in that this does not reflect well on JD.

On my JD 2305 the only issues I have had have been improper set up by the dealer and that is why I do my own maintenance.
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I searched dtac cases for your tractor and do not see this problem at all, by model, description, or cluster part number. Dealers can ask for special allowance from Deere on certain stuff. All the service manager has to do is call his Deere Territory Service Manager ask talk it over. With the amount of hours on your tractor, I would have helped somehow. Sorry for you back luck with the tractor. We really don't have many of those in the shop.

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To say "don't buy a 3038e" based on a single electronic issue on a 4 year old tractor that sits is al ittle harsh don't you think? While it's inconvenient to trailer a tractor to the shop I don't think it's valid too add that in as well. Sorry to hear for your bad luck but certainly not fair to write a bad review. Kudos to Deere for giving you 100.00 on something out of warranty.
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It has been awhile since I've been here. See a few new posts. Sorry, I have no idea where John Deere sources there parts. Am sure there are some Asian parts in there, if not the the whole machine.

As far as being harsh. No, I don't think it was harsh. Am not versed in electronics at all, but according to those I have spoken with, a thermistor is a relative cheap piece of wire. IMHO, to integrate that part into a larger piece of the tractor, the entire gauge cluster is ludicrous. I guess I would relate it to a cigarette lighter going out and having to replace the entire interior of the car. Not well engineered in my book.

I still have the tractor. Am starting to have battery problems again similar to just before the thermistor went out last time. Am hoping it is just a bad battery.
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Sorry to hear about your problems! Hope it's all taken care of. I'm surprised that JD didn't stand behind it.

I guess this is kind of keeping with the thread. I work for a guy who has told me that Chevy made a car in the 80's or 90's, somewhere in there, can't remember the model either. He owned one of them for a while, and loved it because it never broke down. It had zero problems (well, maybe zero MAJOR problems). He said that they quit making them because they weren't ever in the shop. Who knows if it's true, but I wouldn't doubt it.

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I realize this is an old discussion but want to provide a little information that might help someone searching the internet. I have experienced the same thermistor failure in a 2009 John Deere 3038 and guess what.....I was having problems with the battery. The thermistor failure and fuel solenoid smoked when I was foolish enough to hook up my battery charger/starter and turn the amps up to engine start mode. Too much power surging through the system cost me the cluster and fuel solenoid.
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Sorry to hear about your problems! Hope it's all taken care of. I'm surprised that JD didn't stand behind it.

I guess this is kind of keeping with the thread. I work for a guy who has told me that Chevy made a car in the 80's or 90's, somewhere in there, can't remember the model either. He owned one of them for a while, and loved it because it never broke down. It had zero problems (well, maybe zero MAJOR problems). He said that they quit making them because they weren't ever in the shop. Who knows if it's true, but I wouldn't doubt it.

That Chevy sounds like the highly sought after "Unicorn" model.
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A little bump on this thread, I am an electrical engineer, and work primarily in the automotive industry, while an undergrad, we had a speaker in class from one of the big three, his job was to design wire harness assemblies. A comment he made about insulation compounding to specifically last 80 months. So this automaker intentionally produces a product designed to fail. It is the nature of business today, if they built every new John Deere like a Jubilee, they would go out of business the same way Jubilee did! So sad!

I bought new Deeres this year, a 3032e, and a X350, they are completely plastic, and about as cheap as I have seen, I am horribly disappointed in them, the X350 was back to the dealer after 2 days, the deck design is ridiculous, and a face mask is required to mow with it, due to the blowout. Deere know itís a problem, but will sell you a kit to fix it.

But here is the kicker, I looked at other models, and unless your price point is $50k this is what market has become, they are all about the same now.
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I realize this is an old discussion but want to provide a little information that might help someone searching the internet. I have experienced the same thermistor failure in a 2009 John Deere 3038 and guess what.....I was having problems with the battery. The thermistor failure and fuel solenoid smoked when I was foolish enough to hook up my battery charger/starter and turn the amps up to engine start mode. Too much power surging through the system cost me the cluster and fuel solenoid.
Never charge a battery while it is connected to a load! Bad for the battery, charger and load (in this case, your tractor's electrical system is the load.)
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