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Old 22 May 2010, 11:14 pm   #1 (permalink)
Jim Sabatke
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I've been looking at some older Lexus models and I see quite a few in
the 1992-1996 range around here with odometer readings of about
126,000 miles. Seems like a lot of them lately. I was wondering how
easy or likely it is sellers on CraigsList are "fixing" the
odometers. Is this something that is hard to do and how would someone
check for it?

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Old 24 May 2010, 12:26 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Jim Sabatke" <jsabatke@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> I've been looking at some older Lexus models and I see quite a few in
> the 1992-1996 range around here with odometer readings of about
> 126,000 miles. Seems like a lot of them lately. I was wondering how
> easy or likely it is sellers on CraigsList are "fixing" the
> odometers. Is this something that is hard to do and how would someone
> check for it?
>
> TIA


Vehicles with electronic odometers are more difficult to tamper than
vehicles with mechanical odometers. IIRC, Lexus didn't implement electronic
odometers in 1996.

A mechanical odometer that has been tampered with may have unevenly aligned
numbers.
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Old 24 May 2010, 02:40 am   #3 (permalink)
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In article <htcvkq$v0a$1@news.eternal-september.org>,
"Ray O" <rokigawa@NOSPAMtristarassociates.com> wrote:

> IIRC, Lexus didn't implement electronic
> odometers in 1996.


I had a 94 ES that had an electronic odometer.
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Old 24 May 2010, 08:00 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Sun, 23 May 2010 23:26:45 -0500, "Ray O"
<rokigawa@NOSPAMtristarassociates.com> wrote:

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>"Jim Sabatke" <jsabatke@gmail.com> wrote in message
>news:c4a2ff75-5692-496d-a030-86241d575993@y21g2000vba.googlegroups.com...
>> I've been looking at some older Lexus models and I see quite a few in
>> the 1992-1996 range around here with odometer readings of about
>> 126,000 miles. Seems like a lot of them lately. I was wondering how
>> easy or likely it is sellers on CraigsList are "fixing" the
>> odometers. Is this something that is hard to do and how would someone
>> check for it?
>>
>> TIA

>
>Vehicles with electronic odometers are more difficult to tamper than
>vehicles with mechanical odometers. IIRC, Lexus didn't implement electronic
>odometers in 1996.
>
>A mechanical odometer that has been tampered with may have unevenly aligned
>numbers.


My 1995 SC300 has an electronic odometer. It has 93,000 miles on it.
I've owned it since 1998 when I bought it with 42,000 miles.

I guess I need to drive it more. It is fun to drive, but the sticky
tires are expensive and don't last too long. This one has a 5 speed
manual transmission too. According to the numbers posted either here
or on a Lexus web site, fewer than 500 SC300s were made in 1995 with a
manual transmission.
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