My tire pressures were getting low as well, so I inflated them all to 36 PSI according to my gauge. The van then registered 35 on each tire, 1 pound less than the gauge so I think it tends to read on the low side.
I think the system was designed to monitor the tire pressure, and if there was a significant drop off of the recommended pressure, it would alert you. I don't believe it was ever intended to be an accurate tire pressure gauge. I'd still rather have that than not have it, even if it were off somewhere between 1 and 3 psi.I'd be a lot happier and more trusting if the displayed PSI was only 1 PSI off...but 3?