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Old 04-08-2011, 06:02 AM   #21
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The only reason to tamper with odometers now is to increase resale value of newer vehicles (or to pull a Ferris Bueller on their parents after they took a road trip). Once people realized how it was tied to road taxes, I think tampering with old fashioned odometers (or swapping instrument clusters just before the yearly inspection) would be much more tempting to many people.

I could see them requiring a radio transmitting odometer and having all gas stations in the US linked together via the internet to a database. When you pull up to a pump, it compares your last odometer reading to your present reading and gallons pumped. If your car is getting less than 50% of EPA mpg, they might require an inspection (emissions and odometer) to investigate the discrepancy. I don't favor such a system, but it would have fewer loopholes.
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If you're going to a gas station then fuel taxes can be used to get your money...no need to check your odometer there.

I don't see the odometer tampering as any more of an issue than untaxed fuels, illicit inspection stickers, etc.
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:53 AM   #23
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Why would odometers need to use radio or cellular? Why not do it the way it's done now in states that have safety/emissions inspections: Someone looks at the odometer and types it in to the inspection system.
Half the cars rolling off the assembly line today already have a cellular transmitter that can handle data. In a couple of years all cars will. Its only a matter of software at this point. Waiting around for an actual human being to look at your odometer is a waste of time. Most states don't have a safety inspection and the rest have an emissions test once every one or two years.


With OBD3 you won't even have to go in for an emissions inspection. It will alert your local emissions authorities whenever a trouble code is stored or the CEL is triggered.
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And people wonder why I drive a 24 year old BMW.
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And to think humans bring all this stupidity onto themselves voluntarily.
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And people wonder why I drive a 24 year old BMW.
ding ding ding, lol back when a passenger side mirror and power brakes were an option...
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