Does anyone know why speedometers go so high?
For example, my 1997 Mazda 626 has a speedometer that goes to 140 mph. There is no way, even going down a steep hill with the gas floored, that it could hit that speed. More importantly, this is not a car that was made to race (it's a family sedan), and when it gets up to about 80 the car starts to shudder. Why not cut it off at a respectable 110? Care to guess what the Volvo wagon shows at its top speed? A cool 160. Seriously?!?
Anyone know the reason for this?