Credit to Twitter’s @MarcherLord1, via Ed Niedermeyer
’92 to ’96 Camry? Accelerate as rapidly as possible to get through the “NO” band!
My ’95 with a 2.2 is speed-governed at about 115.
Those tach limits are ridiculous, though. That little engine doesn’t mind winding up one bit.
The ’97 I used to have would run just over 2K RPM at 70mph without laboring — it also had the 2.2L. These really are amazing cars — I never did see how fast it would go.
If I ever lost my car-obsession, I’d run right out & find another one.
My car comes with an adjustable speed governor with a passcode lockout. Parents can program the car not to exceed a preset speed limit. I don’t think I like the idea
My Mustang has a similar feature, but the top speed is fixed (to 80 mph, I believe), AND it limits the sound system to 60% of maximum volume.
I’m not sure how I feel about the speed limiter, either, but since I have no kids I suppose it makes no difference.
Ford seems to have made MyKey standard equipment on almost everything fairly quickly. If I were them, I’d have made it a freestanding option for, say, $250, just to see what the take rate would be, “parent of a teen driver” being the very definition of a fleeting demographic.
When they first introduced it it was an option and I think it still is though it is likely bundled with other items or included with a certain trim package.
When it first came out my wife ended up renting a Focus with it on a trip with her mother. One of the things it does is turn off the radio if the seat belts aren’t fastened and her mother doesn’t like wearing her seat belt. Drove my wife crazy. It also still had it’s speed limiter set to the default 80 mph and they were in an area where the speed limit was 75 mph which also drove my wife nuts.
So that means everything above the NO range – 6500-8000 RPM, and 130-140 MPH – would also be acceptable? (Not that the vehicle in question is capable…)
Oh geez I remember glancing at a tacho and not seeing the needle, then lifting off and seeing it descend from somewhere around 7k… (6k redline)
Another funny one was a guy who had a custom ecu setup on a blown Falcon, I’m not sure what parameters would trigger it, eg bad temp/pressure readings or perhaps just huge speed, but at a certain point it would flash in large letters “BACK OFF” on the race-style electronic dashboard.
Yup, did that in one of my old RD28 diesel Nissans. CD playing loud, went around an uphill corner in 2nd gear (manual) heard a funny noise, glanced at the tacho…oh, so the engine can do 6,000rpm…(redline was 5,250, already plenty high for an old diesel).
The idea of limiting what your kids can do with a car via electronic nannies seems good on paper.
But then again, if you think about it, when your child can’t be trusted to listen to guidance from a loving parent enough to properly follow those saftey lessons taught about driving, they really shouldn’t be driving then, should they?
Kids with the disposition to F around will find other, slower ways to F up if you act like you expect them to fail in a predictable manner.
That’s definitely a Ford product, I’m thinking ’00 to ’07 Taurus, maybe an Escort or ZX2. So… what would be the point behind those warnings? Not like one could hoon a whole lot with a damn Taurus or Escort… damn things just don’t have the power to get in (much) trouble.
Not even close chief, that’s a Toyota Camry cluster, circa 1992 or so era.
Clever… shipping tampered odometers in wall cabinet boxes. Nobody would suspect.
I also dabble in personal loans, vending machines, waste disposal, metal recycling and local politics….
My first thought was that the gauges were in “Ford font,” but the earlier comments through me off.
Same here. That one bit me :D.
But you’re ok again at about 133mph.
Sammy Hagar’s response would have been… “I Can’t Drive 65!”
Ha! Love it.
I did something similar to our LeMons race car to keep our guys from over-revving the engine — added red tape to reduce the “redline” from 7000 to 5700rpm.
I don’t think they paid attention to it……
60mph? Hereabouts if you get anywhere near an interstate you’ll literally get blown off the road by everyone else averaging 80+.
As for the passcode speed limiter protection for the kids… Wow. Keep on wondering why younger generations are losing interest in cars. First they are required to sit in a booster seat until their what? 15 these days? And then when they finally can drive their overprotective parents limit them to 24mph. Freedom woo.
the original Camry 3L V6 could hit over 140mph, not available anywhere but NZ but quik cars, they detuned hell out of them for world production
Ha Ha Ha Ha, once was overtaken by a white Diesel car where a guy (probaby the husband ) had written the following near the fuel cap with a black marker and pointing arrows :
DIESEL, JENNY DIESEL !!!!!!!!!
There was a time when cars manufactured between the late 70s through the 80s had speedometers that only registered up to 85 MPH because of government regulations. Also, the 55 on the speedometer was highlighted as well.
For US consumption nobody else suffered that, Aussie cars were built to be driven flat out one state had no speed limit in that period
This appears to be from a manual transmission 92-96 Camry given the lack of PRNDL indicator lights between the speedo and tach. Uncommon when new, they’re almost impossible to come by now. The few I do see are stripped down DX models. The most desirable of them in my opinion is the sport SE with the 3.0L V6. The rarest is an LE, I believe they were available with a stick only in ’92-93 but not after that.
I’m hoping that the stars will align to allow me to get one someday. I seem to be persistent/lucky enough to have a fair number of rare manual trans vehicles cross my path though, having owned a 1987 Buick Somerset, 1991 Dodge Sprirt R/T, 1992 Dodge Caravan and 1986 Chevy Astro, all 5 speeds.
….”But Annie kept on speeding”….
So the kid’s only allowed up to 2,500rpm? Gee, hope those Camrys had a lot of low-down torque…!
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