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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-06-2013, 05:15 AM
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Building inboard computer into 318i

Hi,

I am about to buy a 318i touring from 1997. This one does not have a onboard computer but only a clock.

I have found a lot of info about replacing the smaller one for the large computer, but nothing about placing a computer when there is not one present.

Is it at all possible to place a onboard computer (18-button) in a 318i that does not have a onboard computer yet. And do i have to replace cables, or is there just a socket already available?

Tnx in advance,

Niels.

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Old 02-06-2013, 07:50 AM
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I'm afraid that's going to be a lot of work. Just going from a 7 or 11 button unit to the 18 button OBD takes a lot of wiring and switch addition. Going from nothing to the 18 button unit is going to be a daunting challenge. ANYTHING is possible, given enough time, talent and money, but you have to ask yourself if it will really be worth it.

By the way, welcome to the fest! Us Yanks lust after E36 tourings.......... Please post pictures!
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:29 AM
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I went to look at it yesterday and i bought it. Just have to wait because i wanted it to have a fresh MOT check (don't know if there is somethng like that in the states, it's a mandatory yearly checkup for safety of the car). So first it gets that check at a garage.

but here are the pics of the touring
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:45 AM
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And about the OBC, I finally found some more info online and it is indeed quite a job. So i'll have to think about that a bit more. An OBC is fun but is it worth the work?
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:03 AM
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318 touring? god that has to be slow
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:15 AM
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well, it's the netherlands, so everything is going downhill anyway.....


diggin the touring, though!! thanks for posting pics.


i think the addition of an obc would be an awful lot of work, and although i have an 18 button unit, i find that i spend more time changing cd's than i do getting information out of it. it still looks cool, though.

i like the additional cubby. you could wind up putting something in there like an additional power outlet port, usb, or some other tech port for whatever. i cannot make out the buttons on the climate control, though, on the right hand side.



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Old 02-07-2013, 07:43 AM
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@eight thirty, LOL, so true but that is why i also have a old opel monza with a 3.0 straight 6 and also working to build a volvo 360 with a nissan RB26DETT engine this bimmer is to get my family around the country with a not too high gas cost. (dutch gasoline is almost $10 per gallon )

@drivinfaster, it is indeed not so mutch because it is usefull.. but more the cool-factor i'm a sucker for options.. almost bought a 318i touring with literally all options that it could be delivered with but with almost 300.000 miles on the counter for the same price as this one.. and this is only 90.000 miles (145.000 km)

and yes... it is going downhill here... and i am not speaking about elevation of the roads
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10 dollars a gallon!!!!???? And to answer your question we do have MOT inspections. But they are not nearly as intense as I have been led to believe yours are. Usually refered to as a smog and safety. The california state inspection is just check engine light plus emissions. Which is why some of the cars out here are insanely unsafe piles of crap... That run okay.
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And about the OBC, I finally found some more info online and it is indeed quite a job. So i'll have to think about that a bit more. An OBC is fun but is it worth the work?
Nice looking Touring! The 18 button OBC is mainly designed around road rallying so unless you are into that, you'd likely only use a couple of buttons and occasionally look at the clock. Of the 18 buttons on my OBC the TEMP button is the only one that shows any wear since that's what I use the OBC for mostly.
If you want some more info, you might try going to bimmerforums.com to the E36 forum and to the convertible subforum. There's a member there with user name MParallel that has retrofitted virtually every possible factory option into his E36, including the phone and the NAV system. I can't think of anyone else who has been into the wiring harnesses on an E36 as much as he has so he may have some good insight for you. I believe he's in Denmark by the way....
Your car has a lot of potential. If you spent the dozens of hours it will take to integrate an OBC on detailing and other things you'd be way ahead.

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