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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 11-24-2008, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1984 318i tach,odometer,mileage counter not working

I just purchased a 1984 318i and the tach nor the odometer and the mileage counter arent working at all. The rest of the gauges are working fine. could it have something to do with vacume,speedometer cable or something else. Any input at all would be greatly appreciated.Thank you for your time and concern in this matter. Richiemaier
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sense the odometer has stopped, a broken cable is a strong possibility. Other than that, have you checked the fuses?
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No i havent checked the fuses yet just bought it sat. Does the tach and odometer run from a seprate cable cause the speedometer works fine. The tach,odometer,trip meter,and the cruise control doesnt work do all those run off fuses ?
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Yeah that sounds like a need to look at the fuses.
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Now i have the same car but my tach works fine. just my odometer doesn't work. the speedo and the odo aren't connected?
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Now i have the same car but my tach works fine. just my odometer doesn't work. the speedo and the odo aren't connected?
I found out that this particular car doesnt have a cable its electric coming from the tranny. i found a blown fuse but have a dead short somewhere it keeps blowing fuses.still trying to track my short.
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alright so i should look for a blown fuse first?
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alright so i should look for a blown fuse first?
yes id start there i believe my fuse is the #6 fuse 7.5 amp. Let me know if that works for ya. My email is richiemaier@yahoo.com
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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O.K. Usually and key word Usually for the odometer/trip if and i mean IF someone (who previously owned the car) hit the trip reset while the vehicle was in motion (even 0.5mph) the gears in the gagues will strip out and have to be replaced i have done 3sets already it is not hard to do you just have to pull the odometer apart and the gears are like 80 bucks(yea for just two gears) and i order through one of the parts guys at my local dealership he knows where to get them NOT through the dealership so good luck and the tach i have faught the wiring chaffing coming from the distributer
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow dude thanks i have only changed the two of them always wondered where to get the others at.
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Thanks Haze !!!!
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Odometer failure

As many of you may have learned from these forums that the E30 speedometer is electronic. There is a small, yet very expensive gear set that runs off the speedometer drive to turn the odometer. As the car ages, the gears get brittle and a tooth or two breaks off rendering the odometer inoperative. I have found many sites that sell the gear sets and the price ranges from $15 to $85 for the set, however, after visiting odometergears.com, I learned that the E30 may have more than one type of gear set. The tooth count may vary if your E30 has VDO Speedometer, but a single set seems to work for all 4 MotoMeter speedometer/odometers. There is no cable and if your speedometer works, look no further than replacing the gear set.
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You might wanna check the wires..i hope you will post some pics of that ride..i would love to see it.
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Yep in which looks like a new require to check out your fuses.
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