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Old August 12th, 2004, 02:59 PM
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Odometer -- Digital vs Analog

I'm in the process of rebuilding a Land Rover and curious what people think about analog vs digital odometers in speedos. Perhaps someone will give me reason to select one over the other.

Right now I'm leading towards an analog odometer. Not for any particular reason other than that's what I've had in all my other vehicles. The fact that I already have a couple of speedometers with analog odometers (one KPH and one MPH) helps.
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Old August 12th, 2004, 05:44 PM
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'never seen an analog odometer (displays distance). Do you mean analog speedometer (displays speed)?

I hate digital speedometers. They wouldn't seem right in a Rover, anyway.
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Sorry for the confusion. I am referring to the odometer portion of the speedo being either analog (physical digits that are mechanicallly turned) or digital.
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I am referring to the odometer portion of the speedo being either analog (physical digits that are mechanicallly turned) or digital.
I think they're both digital. One is mechanical, and one is electronic. 'don't think it matter much. With the mechnical, you need a separate display for the trip odometer, though.
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So no advantage of the electronic odometer display over the mechanical? Thanks.
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The digital one is know for having problems with the LCD between 30k and 100k miles. The mechanicals are all gear driven NO electronics, don't ask how I know.
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So no advantage of the electronic odometer display over the mechanical? Thanks.
Normally, it should be more reliable, as there are no moving parts. However, the flex circuit connector used in the D90 speedo has a reputation of being unreliable.

The electronics have a trip odometer as a second function; not so with the mechanicals unless they have a second display.

You can turn back a mechanical odo ( ); not that you should ever do that.
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mechanicals have a second display or trip OD
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Old August 13th, 2004, 11:29 PM
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You can turn back a mechanical odo

You can ???

I have a mechanical odo with 30K-ish on it. Since I'm completely rebuilding this truck, the thought of starting with near zero on the odo has a certain charm to it. The 30K on the odo has absolutely no meaning to the vehicle as it is not original.
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