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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:29 AM
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How Do I Change the Interior Temp Reading from C to F?

Hey Board,

One day a while back I found myself sitting in the car waiting for wifey to come out of yet another store. Anyway, bored as I was, I started pushing buttons on the dash -- some diagnostics exercise I read about here as I recall. In the process, I unwittingly shifted the interior temp readout from fahrenheit, which it has been, to celcius.

How do I get it back (and yes, I have tried randomly pushing buttons again )

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:32 AM
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It's in the manual. Keep the odo reset button pressed, turn ignition to pos1. key back to 0 and release odo reset button.

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:00 PM
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ditto...and if you do it how doru wrote it (keep odo button pressed until completely thru)...it won't reset your trip odometer numbers. But if you press the odo button after turning the ignition on...or release the odo button before completing the procedure...your trip odo will be reset to 000.

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"started pushing buttons"
there is an option for Self-liquidation be aware
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:17 AM
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You already enter the better world of Celsius, why would you want to move back to Fahrenheit?

There are only some 3 countries stilling using miles, gallons and Fahrenheit etc. The US is one of them.

Well, I am half joking and half serious lol.

Go metric with the rest of the world.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by cn90 View Post
You already enter the better world of Celsius, why would you want to move back to Fahrenheit?
Why would anyone want a measurement system that makes sense?
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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