Checking the odometer on the Honda CRX Del Sol
I used a Subaru 4WD Forester for this test. It comes with a digital odometer, which may suggest reasonable accuracy.
Start: 177,411 (from home, on Wednesday morning 23 September 2015)
End: 177,480 (arrived at work roughly 45 minutes later).
Shortest and quickest route along the only highway into the ACT, then take a right along Gunghalin Drive to Woden, and a final twiddle along some street roads to the work location.
177,480 km 177,411 km = 69 km
A one-day trip to and from work along the shortest route is 69 km x 2 = 138 km.
Comparison with Honda CRX Del Sol
The number of times to work and back home on the Honda CRX Del Sol immediately after the last repairs (to replace spark plugs and fuel filter) was 4 round trips, or 8 trips of 69km assuming shortest distance. This was for the period of Monday afternoon of 14 September 2015 (when I picked up the car from the Honda mechanic), the 3 days that followed, and on Friday morning of 18 September 2015. Total distance: 8 x 69km = 552km. Yet the Honda CRX had indicated less than 350km on the odometer.
In reality, I don t always take the shortest route. On some days I will visit Canberra City, Dickson Shops, Kippax shops and Gunghalin shops. If this was done on the Subaru (assuming it can cover the distance on a single tank of petrol) or Honda CRX, it would almost certainly reach 600km by the end of the fuel supply.
The Subaru will certainly not reach 600km on a single tank of petrol. The Honda CRX Del Sol, noted for its economical use of the petrol, can reach this distance and even go further, up to 650km on premium 98 petrol, good tire pressure, and good driving behaviour.
NOTE: The previous 1987 CRX model could achieve 600km as well.
This is strongly suggesting the odometer is either faultering or has been tampered with.
Given how quickly the change the odometer readings were before and after the first repair with the other mechanics for replacing the starter coil (the initial repair), I suspect that there has been some tampering of the odometer.
I guess the next step at this stage is tol ask the Honda mechanic to see if he can check the status of the odometer and whether there is anything odd about it.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 AT 5:30 PM