Dead Odometer

ford
f150

#1

The odometer on my 1998 F150 stopped working at it was turning over to 95000. My mechanic says to repair it most likely the whole dashboard has to come out, a three or four hundred dollar job. Is it possible that there is an easier fix? Will have a stopped odometer be a legal problem when I try to sell the truck?


#2

You will have to check a box on the title that says the odometer reading is not accurate. It won’t be a legal issue, but you’ll have a hell of a time convincing people that you aren’t lying about the mileage, no matter what you say it is.


#3

Your truck is 13 years old by the model year. I don’t think I would spend three or four hundred dollars to repair the odometer. I would keep the maintenance up to date and keep a record of this.

When I have purchased cars more than six or seven years old, the last thing I check is the odometer. In earlier times, it was common for dealers, even new car dealers to turn back odometers, so I learned to check the condition of the vehicle when buying used.

My brother bought a 1999 F-150 several years ago that had 140,000 miles on the odometer. The truck checked out and the price was great. The truck has been very dependable. If I needed a pickup truck and you were selling your truck at a reasonable price and you had maintained the truck well, I wouldn’t have any hesitation on making the purchase. In most states, all you do is check a box on the title transfer that the indicated mileage is not correct.