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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:36 AM
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gauge cluster question.

so like i was sayingi just bought my car, and one of the other problems it had was the gauge cluster was inop. i removed the gauge cluster from the car and swapped it out for another unit. i went from a vdo unit to a moto unit. now the guages work but the odometer is still inop and the bezel didnt quite fit the moto unit? what are my options.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:33 AM
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i had a similar problem and i used the gauge cluster from a 318is. The one thing is that when you swap a gauge cluster it must be vdo to vdo, or motometer to motometer. so because you swapped from vdo to motometer you probably need to swap the wiring harness and the coder on the front bottom. try that and see what happens.
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:54 AM
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Alo make sure your odometer gears arent stripped.
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i had a similar problem and i used the gauge cluster from a 318is. The one thing is that when you swap a gauge cluster it must be vdo to vdo, or motometer to motometer. so because you swapped from vdo to motometer you probably need to swap the wiring harness and the coder on the front bottom. try that and see what happens.
Nope. They interchange vdo to motometer. The difference is early model to late model, the coding plug is the important thing, 318i/s plug in a 318 etc.

I'll bet the gears were already stripped in the new one as well.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:29 PM
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+1 on importance of moving coding plug from old cluster to new.

New odometer gears are expensive but worth it IMHO. They will fix the odometer.

Bezel is interchangeable / identical. You must have some installation error if it does not fit properly.
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+1 on importance of moving coding plug from old cluster to new.

New odometer gears are expensive but worth it IMHO. They will fix the odometer.

Bezel is interchangeable / identical. You must have some installation error if it does not fit properly.
They don't need to be expensive.

http://store.garagistic.com/ocart/in...tegory&path=63

The vdo odometers and moto odometers can be interchanged from cluster to cluster without a wiring change. They are identical. The advantage to some people on the moto units is that some have an adjustment knob that can be changed on them. Some use it to calibrate for different wheels etc.

The gears are also not that hard to do. Here is instructions on how to do it here (this is vdo version):

http://garagistic.com/index.php?page...r-instructions

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BTW: We know this is an old thread but it will still come up in searches so its nice that all the info stays in one place.

Last edited by garagistic; 04-30-2012 at 02:33 AM. Reason: We know this is an old thread but it will still come up in searches so its nice that all the info stays in one place.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:19 AM
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Nope. They interchange vdo to motometer. The difference is early model to late model, the coding plug is the important thing, 318i/s plug in a 318 etc.

I'll bet the gears were already stripped in the new one as well.
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+1 on importance of moving coding plug from old cluster to new.

New odometer gears are expensive but worth it IMHO. They will fix the odometer.

Bezel is interchangeable / identical. You must have some installation error if it does not fit properly.
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They don't need to be expensive.

http://store.garagistic.com/ocart/in...tegory&path=63

The vdo odometers and moto odometers can be interchanged from cluster to cluster without a wiring change. They are identical. The advantage to some people on the moto units is that some have an adjustment knob that can be changed on them. Some use it to calibrate for different wheels etc.

The gears are also not that hard to do. Here is instructions on how to do it here (this is vdo version):

http://garagistic.com/index.php?page...r-instructions

And video to help:



BTW: We know this is an old thread but it will still come up in searches so its nice that all the info stays in one place.
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