140, yeah, sure

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Posted by w0ep on June 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm

[Today’s run: 8 miles, Dave’s house in Starkville]

I’m using a rental car today. It is a Jeep Cherokee of recent vintage. It has 22k miles on it. It drives very nicely.

I’ve found one thing about it that is just outrageous: the speedometer.

The thing is a normal circle of numbers with a pointer. It goes from 0 to 140 MPH. They use just under 3/4’s of the circle for the number range. Zero is down (6 o’clock); 140 is between 2 and 3 o’clock. And the number that is straight up? 100 MPH. The actual useful range of the speedometer is about [———-] that far.

Fortunately they also include a digital speedometer in the display, which then makes me wonder why they wasted 1/3rd of the useful display space on a speedometer that is both redundant and useless.

Otherwise the car is working fine.


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  • On June 18, 2019 at 8:58 am Jonathan Howard said

    I am assuming it has an automatic transmission – which makes the tach a weird use of space- red lines at 6,250?

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