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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 08-14-2016, 10:59 PM
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Odometer stop working at 60k miles 7 years ago

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Old 08-15-2016, 10:56 AM
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I would replace the SI board batteries while you are in there.

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Garagistic.com has the gears. Also has instructions.
thanks guys so so you think it's the gear in the speedo housing

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I would replace the SI board batteries while you are in there.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech..._batteries.htm
now i have to do my homework to find out were that is..

isn't there any like buttons on here..\cause i like both your comments..
chin chin guys.and thanks for the info...

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I would replace the SI board batteries while you are in there.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech..._batteries.htm
Is there any thing else i should look for while it's out...
And are the batteries suppose to be rechargeable one..
and pics of what batteries would help..
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:14 PM
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Garagistic.com has the gears. Also has instructions.
Can you tell me if i have the VDO or Motometer without taken it apart..

it does say VDO right under the speedo and tach...
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:38 PM
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Garagistic.com has the gears. Also has instructions.
One more question
I click on the installation guide it shows another black and white gear should they also be replace and what gears would they be for..
and would it a good idea to change all the bulbs..
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It wouldn't be a bad idea to change the bulbs while you have it apart. Also, the VDO stamp on the dash can be deceiving, the best way to tell if you have the VDO or Motometer gears is to check the speedometer/odometer itself by opening up the cluster. My e30 has the VDO stamp on the dash, but I have a Motometer sticker inside the cluster on the back of the speedometer/odometer.

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I thought I might add a couple of photos, they always help me. Good luck
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I thought I might add a couple of photos. Good luck
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I thought I might add a couple of photos, they always help me. Good luck
I'll have to order my gears and may take 2 week for shipping.i hate to take it all apart just to fined the name and have to leave like that for 2 weeks or put it back together and take it all apart again when the gears come in.If i knew if i have motometer would be bonus...

wonder why there 2 different makes of gears..
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What year is your car maybe mine is the same it's a US car 1988 maybe i'll just buy the motometer and take a chance

Wonder why there 2 different make of gears..
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I'm not sure as to the why, but as far as I know, the only way to know for sure what gears you're going to need is to open it up and have a look. I would strongly recommend looking before you order your gears, nothing worse than waiting for 2 weeks only to find out you have the wrong parts and having to wait another 2 weeks. I drive an '87 325e sedan automatic transmission, build date 7/14/86.
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No need to dismantle anything. As shown in RobVA's photo (VDO), VDO or MotoMeter is branded on the cluster bezel and clearly visible through the plastic lens.

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Mine is branded as VDO, but is in fact a Motometer. I found out the hard way, as I usually do, better safe than sorry.
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well why is it,there are 2 types of gears..did they change manufactures half way through the model years..for the E30

Could have the previous owner change the whole cluster some time ago..
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I'll have to order my gears and may take 2 week for shipping.i hate to take it all apart just to fined the name and have to leave like that for 2 weeks or put it back together and take it all apart again when the gears come in.If i knew if i have motometer would be bonus...
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Just order one of each and return the one you didn't use....
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I suppose it's possible, when I was ordering the gears for my odometer it was recommended to me to have a look, perhaps for just that reason...
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I duno now as i only bought my car last week and everything new to me as for BMW. How to fix it hopefully like most i'm just your do-it your selfer...
and i always follow instructions..

and yes i may just order one of each beside only 17.00 bucks...
could always sell the set that i don't need on here ...
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I suppose it's possible, when I was ordering the gears for my odometer it was recommended to me to have a look, perhaps for just that reason...
Ya doing some google search i read the same thing to take it apart to find out...

and just think back then there was probably no manufactures that made gears and the only option was to change the cluster...HMMMMM..
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Mine is branded as VDO, but is in fact a Motometer. I found out the hard way, as I usually do, better safe than sorry.
You are correct, Rob.

Folks, disregard my post #14.
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Well rather then checking the gears for the odometer i order one of each VDO and Motometer from Garagistic has been ship can't wait to get the odometer working again after 7 year of not working....
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Well rather then checking the gears for the odometer i order one of each VDO and Motometer from Garagistic has been ship can't wait to get the odometer working again after 7 year of not working....
Let us know how they work out.
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will do for sure I'll post pics here and can't wait to tackle this job...
but since I'm taking it apart i like to change all the lights and the batteries while i'm at it...
Any idea what size batteries i neede and if i should go with Nihm or lipo and how many light would need for the instrument cluster...
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You replace the battery in the cluster with the same type what was in there.
You cannot swap NiCads for Nimh or so.
See my project on what I did
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