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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 10-30-2004, 12:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 325es tachometer stopped working along with the mpg. The water temperature gauge sometimes stops working too. Help would be nice, because I would liek to know when to shift soemtimes.thanx.
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Old 10-30-2004, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome Aznhiga,

Pretty much the entire e30 cluster is prone to failure at some point. it could be the tach itself that stopped working, it could be a malfunction in the SI Board (possibly heat related), it could be wiring related if some one messed around under the dash installing an alarm or something, or it may just be the SI batteries. There have also been cases where the batteries have leaked onto the SI board after overheating from the car sitting in the sun for a long period of time.

I would just buy a used good condition complete cluster with low mileage and swap the speedometer/odometer with your current one so your mileage will still be accurate. Also, when looking for a cluster make sure you find one that's the same brand as the original (VDO or Motometer).
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try changing the batterys
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yea, change the SI batteries...i hav that same problem and it is one the the 10...things i'm getting done this week. my speedo, water temp, and mpg didn't work...it was kinda funny, the speedo would bounce up and down and most of the time it would be like 10-15 mph off
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Web sites of interest:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticl...d_batteries.htm

http://www.bmwe30.net/cgi-bin/datacgi/data...0043&Section=02

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/speedo/speedo.htm

http://e30m3performance.com/maintenance/SI...rd/SI_Board.htm
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does the intermittant speedometer and SI batteries apply to intermittant gas guage too? Also will the guides for the E30 be somewhat close to an E21?
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