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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 03-11-2013, 03:52 PM
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Clock shows _ _ AM _ _ cant reset the time.

2004 330ci

Since I removed the negative battery post my clock doesn't work and I cant reset it. According to the manual you push in on the right hand button and that makes the time flash on the radio. All it does though is switch back and forth on the display from F to C for temperature. The radio shows : __ __AM __ __. Turning the dial doesn't do a anything. Is this a permanent thing? Any fixes out there?
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:01 PM
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1. Turn the key to Position 2

2. Toggle the OBD button until the TIME is on the display (radio off/time displayed)

3. NOW adjust the post on the right side of your dash
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:14 PM
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Not to sound stupid but where is the OBD button?
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:20 PM
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Not to sound stupid but where is the OBD button?
Familiar with the term "RTFM" ?

Look at the top of this page, click on the "view the E46 Wiki" link....along with a ton of other informative info, you`ll find a link to the Owner`s Manual, which will tell you handy things about your vehicle`s operation....











(PS....it`s the button on the end of the turn signal stalk....)
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:03 PM
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Thanks man!!! Got it working! Took me a bit because I didn't see the "PS" at the bottom of your reply about the button on the turn signal stalk.

Here's what I did:

Clock settings...

Here's how:

On your signal stalk (left side), see the "BC" button?

Push this BC button repeatedly, and you will notice the display inside your dash go from:

Time-Temperature-MPG-Range-Ave speed-(and back to)Time.

Notice there're also 2 buttons (stalks) sticking out from your dash.

ONLY while the display is showing the TIME (not anything else), TURN and HOLD the right button inside the dash. You will find that the time will adjust on both your dash and your radio display. It will move faster as you keep holding on.

You may also switch from 24hr format to AM/PM format by pushing the right button instead of turning it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:52 PM
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Thanks man!!! Got it working! Took me a bit because I didn't see the "PS" at the bottom of your reply about the button on the turn signal stalk.

Here's what I did:

Clock settings...

Here's how:

On your signal stalk (left side), see the "BC" button?

Push this BC button repeatedly, and you will notice the display inside your dash go from:

Time-Temperature-MPG-Range-Ave speed-(and back to)Time.

Notice there're also 2 buttons (stalks) sticking out from your dash.

ONLY while the display is showing the TIME (not anything else), TURN and HOLD the right button inside the dash. You will find that the time will adjust on both your dash and your radio display. It will move faster as you keep holding on.

You may also switch from 24hr format to AM/PM format by pushing the right button instead of turning it.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:54 AM
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Clock Setting

Just read this thread and set the clock on my wife's 04 330ci back to EST. I had RTFM and nowhere did it say anything about how to get the time displayed on the dash.We have both the owners manual and the radio manual. I seldom drive the car and was unfamilar with the OBD function so reading the manuals was worthless. It would have been simple if the Germans had just referenced the OBD. So much for RTFM.

Thanks for the help!
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