About a year ago (?) the odometer reading on my dashboard "disappeared". I was told it was the cluster that needed to be replaced, and that it would cost me $500. He also said it probably was not worth it to have it replaced, and I did not have the money, so I never did. Now, I have to get a smog check, and I went to a test-only center. The guy there said without an odometer reading, he could not perform the test. I still cannot afford to purchase the part, but I need to have my car smog-checked. So I guess my question is, where can I find a good deal on this part, and how much should I spend?
It's true in many states, you need to have a working odometer to pass state inspections. You could call around to some local parts stores to see if you can get the part for cheaper. It's possible that a good part of the price you were quoted was for labor. Good luck.
〉 Answered on Apr 30th, 2008 by Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management