The many threads regarding people that are looking to buy a used car (for example, this thread, 2002 WRX purchasing worries? that I anwered and linked to another similar thread, and another, and so on) and the many threads from people parting out a car got me thinking about the stock instrument cluster.
The stock cluster has an electronic odometre. People sell clusters on auction sites all the time. This raises a concern: is there any way to tell if the cluster on the car when one buys a used car is not the cluster that came with the car? In other words, can a potential used car buyer tell if the mileage on the cluster is correct just by looking at the cluster?
Or are they limited to checking up the history and hoping to find a discrepancy?
Some older electronic clusters had a "dot" that'd warn if the cluster had been removed etc. Is there any warning on our cars, or are used buyers right to worry about true mileage? Isn't anybody worrying about this if I'm correct?
(Note that I'm neither selling nor buying a car, nor a cluster, nor trolling - I just want info to get out there as I think it'll probably help more people than it could hurt, though I admit that's anyone's guess).