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Why did the pre-9th gen odometer have only 5 digits?
When you see that nice 1990 for sale and the ad states "only 75,000 miles", is it really 75,000 or 175,000 or 275,000 miles?

Was the factory thinking that these trucks won't last much more than 100,000 miles?
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it was a different time back then. analog odometers were the latest technology, and very little digital stuff existed. It was simple to use, build and was reliable for the most part.

Vehicles did last longer than 100K miles, but we as owners kept track of things automotive more so than folks today do.

There is so much digital/computer stuff used in vehicles now...but in 25-30 years I am sure we will look back and say....

what was the factory thinking?

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I was around back then, I'm old!
The question is, why didn't they make the analog odometer with 6 digits instead of 5?
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I can't speak for the other states, but MS is exempt from odometer disclosure once the vehicle his 100K. Don't know how or why, but maybe they just thought it didn't matter anymore once they got to that point.
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I think it could have been for, 'over' 100,000 miles the vehicle wasn't worth anything anyway. I remember cars of the 1960's and the 1970's burning oil like crazy at 70,000 miles. I had a 1972 Pinto that burned a quart of oil every 200 miles and it only had 64,000 miles on it

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Yea, I remember the 70s cars (started driving in 73), pretty much spent by 100,000 miles. Especially in the northern states. Burning and leaking oil and rusted through.

But that still isn't a good enough reason to not have a 6 digit odometer on an early 90s Ford truck. Did some looking and found out that the trucks that went to Canada (kilometers per hour) had a 6 digit analog odometer. They could go to 999,999.9 kilometers or 621,371.1 miles.

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