It sounds to me like there could be a problem either with the
speedometer cable or with the speedometer mechanical guage itself.
It's just an old car. You can inquire to find out how much it costs to
put on a working used unit but if it costs more than $50 I would
suggest you just leave it as is and just drive the car until either the
engine or the transmission quits. Or if it gets totalled in an
accident or if it costs to much to fix something like CV joints, drive
shafts, rusted floor pans, etc. In the end it's just a car. Try to
get all the value/use you can get out of it without having to blow
large sums of money away before it's time for the car graveyard.
You might want to take a closer look at the Ford Fusion or a Mercury
Milan when the time is right.
If you need color graphic displays with mapping, etc. etc. then sure,
you can spend $600.
If you need lat/long/altitude, waypoints, bearing, velocity info, all
you need is a bottom-of-the-line receiver, which should be available in
the $50-$60 ballpark on the secondary market. Heck, a brand new
handheld is only about $90 or less. Search amazon.com if you don't
I have an el cheapo receiver I use when I'm in my '65 Scout, since I
don't trust the speedometer in that truck. It's the yellow eTrex with
the low-resolution display, I believe I paid $89.95 at Target (and of
course saw it for $79.95 on special next week).
My 95 had the same problem. It is a problem that was caused by incorrect
factory assembly. Search for a speedometer repair shop. I got mine fixed for
$100. That was with me taking it out and sending it to the repair service.
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