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Speedometer sticks The speedometer sticks at various readings both while accelerating and decelerating. The lag can be 10-15 mph. The tachometer seems to be operating smoothly. If the speedometer problem is an expensive or complicated repair, I can simply rely on the tachometer to establish speed in top gear. I can't find speed in gears at specific rpm information anywhere for this car. 4 speed automatic with electric over-drive.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    There are no tables that provide this info, but 2500 rpm would be about 65 MPH

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There is a way, have a friend drive at 30 mph and raise there hand at that speed, you follow them and make a note of the RPM, from there is is simple math to figure out the other speeds and RPM reading.

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