Odometer on older cars


#1

When looking at older cars and trucks, when did the odometer change reading 99,000 to 100,000 miles to account for the 6th digit?


#2

It appears late 70s to early 80s was the change over years. Yes it varies. Google


#3

Yes, it varies; my 1984 Impala had readings only to 100,000 while the 1988 Caprice read to 1,000,000. Volvos have always read to 1,000,000 since they were kept for such a long time.


#4

Mid 80s I think. Most of them could have just painted a “2” or even a “1” on the ‘extra’ digit and left the rest of the little wheel blank and the average owner would never notice–most cars don’t make it to 300,000 miles regardless of make.


#5

Toyotas are famous for going 300,000


#6

Have Volvos always had million mile odometers?


#7

Anything will go 300K if you put enough money into it…


#8

I have driven 2 trucks well beyond the 300,000 mile mark. Both were Fords and the original engines were running well long past 300,000. I rebuilt a Ford engine that lasted over 240,000 miles.


#9

I’m not saying it can’t be done… just that most don’t make it that far, including people’s beloved Toyotas.


#10

Actually, up to 999,999. Only six digits on my 1970 and 1983 Volvos.