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Old 20th May 2012
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Default Branded Title? Exceeds Mechanical Limits (EML)

Question about CarFax Report and Title...I found an advert for a 1992 900 turbo on line (being sold through a dealer). Lots of pictures, condition looks very good, and they state 121K mi.

The VIN is provided so I do a CarFax.... Dec 1992 registered in FL w/ 46 several title updates and 'passed emissions inspections' but no milage stated...then in Aug 1996 a 'Branded Title' is issued in VA... (CarFax says: "Exceeds Mechanical Limits (EML) title is issued when the owner discloses an odometer rollover to a DMV. Rollovers occur on vehicles with 5 digit odometers that go from 99999 to 00000 every 100000 miles")

Huh? I thought the car has a 6 digit odometer?? Could EML mean rollover or odometer replacement??

the car looks good but now I'm wondering if it has 121K, 221K, 321k miles???

thanks in advance you your insights,
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Old 20th May 2012
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yes, as they go to 999999miles(type million mile saab on google) so you may have had a oddo change(broken) or replacement engine, and it's oddo fitted, so probably they think it's gone round before Imillion 121k lol, but at 121k thats just run in lol. I have \ 173K CONVERTIBLE A 167k TIN TOP AND DID HAVE A 232K ONE THAT WAS RUNNING OK, BUT NEEDED A NEW SUSPENSION SPRING ETC FOR UK MOT AND WAS'NT WORTH THE MONEY SPENDING ON IT AS IT WAS A BIT TATTY(caught kaps key ggrr), and have a 212k spare engine in garage
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Old 20th May 2012
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Different States brand titles differently.
My guess is that somebody replaced a speedometer and a mileage discrepancy showed up at some transfer or inspection. The States I'm familiar with brand the titles TMU (True Mileage Unknown), some may use EML as a catch-all.
This is just a guess.
The fact that there's a Highway to Hell and only a Stairway to Heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers...
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Old 21st May 2012
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In many states any car over 10 years old is automatically "mileage unknown" on the title... if in '96, maybe replaced odo.
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Old 21st May 2012
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In my state of Alabama, anything over 10 years old is branded EML !

FWIW, I don't trust any European mech odo after 10 years!! Y'all know what I'm talking about.That little plastic gear brakes or the pot metal gear slides off the shaft.

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