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Old 10-03-2009, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Outside Temperature possible on E46 325xi?

Hi,
Is there a way to enable the outside (ambient) temperature reading if you just have the standard instrument cluster with no computer control on the left directional? I wasn't sure if there was some way you could enable it through the test menu or if you had to upgrade and get the display with the extra onboard computer functions. This is a 2005 325xi.
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It would need an outside temp sensor to start.
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I guess part of my question should be, is the temperature sensor a stock feature or an added option?
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AFAIK, the outside temp sensor would only be in place if the OBC has that feature.
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I suspect you DO have an Ambient Air Temp sensor. My understanding is BMW uses inputs for ambient air temp in controlling the A/C and electric condenser fan. It should be located on the drivers side front, clipped into the bumper cover. You can search for what it looks like on ebay. realoem.com, or getBMWparts and then poke around looking for it on your car. However, how you would get it to display, I don't know.

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