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Old 06-15-2004, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I have 93' 525tds
A week ago the dashboard suddenly swiched off(nothing was working on the dashbord but the car was going well) and after some time it swiched on. It repeats more and more. My dashboard always calculated the distance in kilometres. I noticed that the meter is calculating the distance in miles.
Is there a possibility to make the dashboard calculate in kilometres ?
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I think your first priority is to fix the dashboard electrical problem. Only then should you tackle to mi/km issue...because if it keeps shorting out, it will keep defaulting back to the mi. readout mode.

Sounds like there's a short somewhere in the wiring harness or connection to the instrument panel. Might want to check the connections at the fuse box first (easiest to find and fix).
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Old 06-17-2004, 03:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Fuse box is OK.
I don't know how to turn on kilometres instead of miles. It must be such a possibility.
Maybe someone could give me some advice?
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't do this unless you feel you can do it yourself.http://www.bmwe34.net/e34main/maintenance/.../capacitors.htm

It is probably capacitors and the coding chip inside the dashboard. It will cost you like 10 dollars if you do it yourself. Not recommended unless you are fairly good at soldering and if you dont feel comfortable removing the airbag.

how to remove airbag:
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