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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-08-2015, 03:58 PM
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DIY Vid: changing your temp gauge buffers

I made a video to help out with this thread. This is a MUST do...


http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1013600

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Old 03-08-2015, 06:49 PM
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Nice video. This is off topic but is that a cell phone holder on your air vent? If so what kind is it???
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:13 PM
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I made a video to help out with this thread. This is a MUST do...
+1 Easy DIY and a hugely beneficial modification, given this car's susceptibility to cooling failures and the benefit of having an accurate and more sensitive temperature gauge. Couldn't recommend doing this enough.
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:43 AM
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Nice video. This is off topic but is that a cell phone holder on your air vent? If so what kind is it???


Thanks. The holder is made by iGrip (ebay, Amazon). Get the vent holder but with the rotating arm. Then for the phone holder itself it's the universal one (mini gripper)
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+1 Easy DIY and a hugely beneficial modification, given this car's susceptibility to cooling failures and the benefit of having an accurate and more sensitive temperature gauge. Couldn't recommend doing this enough.

Yup, if you have the software it's a five minute job and extremely beneficial. The stock buffers are insanely wide and won't help when the car starts overheating.
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Old 03-09-2015, 03:42 AM
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Yup, if you have the software it's a five minute job and extremely beneficial. The stock buffers are insanely wide and won't help when the car starts overheating.
The stock buffer at the noon position is something like 30 degrees Celcius, so, yeah, it's insanely wide.

This thread is a good one to reference for us on the E39 side, who share engines and thermostats with you...
- Everything you always wanted to know about the thermostat and engine cooling temperature (1)
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Old 03-09-2015, 05:42 AM
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Yup that's the coding I used.
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Need to track down the software so I can perform this update... Or find someone in my area willing do update mine for a few dollars.
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Need to track down the software so I can perform this update... Or find someone in my area willing do update mine for a few dollars.
Here's a handful of links that may point you in the right direction.

Popular places to buy the BMW Scanner for around $20:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...7#post16486407

My BMW Scanner came with a broken/blank/missing disk. How can I download online/verify a legitimate version?
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...3#post16324203

How do I install P.A. Soft on a Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit machine?
Post #1: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=942966
Post #7: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...4#post23146094

PA Soft 1.4 for Dummies by nallman:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1067835

BMW Diagnostic Scanner PA Soft 1.4 Settings by Kmoy2002:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=935613
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Thanks Silber!!! Received my adapter in the mail yesterday. Came with broken disk and I'm running Windows 7 - So I needed all the links that you gave me. Surprised that there was a total of 62 errors between all the modules found. In the middle of replace the VCG, can't wait to see if she's running warmer that she should be this weekend. Turned the clown nose on... Already thinking it was a mistake... LOL...

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Old 03-26-2015, 06:28 PM
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Thanks Silber!!! Received my adapter in the mail yesterday. Came with broken disk and I'm running Windows 7 - So I needed all the links that you gave me. Surprised that there was a total of 62 errors between all the modules found. In the middle of replace the VCG, can't wait to see if she's running warmer that she should be this weekend. Turned the clown nose on... Already thinking it was a mistake... LOL...
Where did you order from?
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Old 03-27-2015, 07:46 AM
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I purchased mine from xcar360. Took about two weeks. Just look in the link of place to purchase.
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