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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 08-25-2015, 10:36 AM
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Using Tempoary IKE while original getting repaired

I have some dead pixels on my IKE.

I want to send it to VDO for repair.

I also have a "spare" IKE (Instrument cluster) I was going to put in while waiting for the return of the original.

I have been reading about the TAMPER light etc and mileage and VINs not matching when installing a non matching IKE.

I don't have an issue with this while mine is getting repaired but what happens when I get the original back and reinstall it?

The mileage wont match so I will I have a permanent TAMPER LIGHT on?

Will it self correct when the original is reinstalled? That is, will actual mileage be transferred to my IKE from one of the other sources?

I've tried searching but I can't find a direct answer to my question.

I've seen comments that there is a 500 mile limit, another says 200 where it will self update and another says don't drive at all.

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Old 08-25-2015, 11:35 AM
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IKE will not affect the mileg dot. Only the LCM and the instrument cluster does.
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:16 PM
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Hi Mjallou

Forgive me I may have my terms wrong but is IKE not the same thing as the "instrument cluster"?

In case I goofed in my description..

I have sent the my entire "instrument cluster" out for repair (bad pixels) and substituted a spare from a friend till I get it back.

Just wondering what happens when I get my original back, reinstall it and the mileage now does not match as I have been driving the car (with spare cluster).

My original will read less than what is actually on car. (Say an extra 400 miles). Will that cause an issue?
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:23 PM
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The safest thing to do is to disconnect your speedo sensor at the rr wheel when you take out the old IKE to put in your replacement IKE. That way, the car can't input any mileage & speed; therefore its algorythm can't determine whether or not to invoke the dot.

You will lose your speedometer, cruise control, and ABS/DCS but since this is temporary, you can still drive the car.
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:05 PM
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Sorry mybad, i thought. The IKE was the heating Ac panel.
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Sorry mybad, i thought. The IKE was the heating Ac panel.
I think that's the IHKA.
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I hope you stay under 120 miles/200 km...if you do, when you get your cluster back, the tamper dot will go away...and your IKE & LCM will again communicate with each other and update.

If you drive over 120 miles/200 km...the when things are put back...you'll have a data transfer fault

Here is the info you need to know...take note of data point #1 for tamper dot info and when/why it illuminates...and data point #5 for restricted/limited mileage differences for when you reinstall your IKE and it begins to comunicate with the LCM:

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Old 08-27-2015, 09:15 PM
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Thanks Q7

Nice to see something in writing!

I am still concerned . I sent my Ike to VDOrepair and as they told me I had 500 MILES to play with and as long as I kept it under that I wouldn't have any issues.

Another repair place that offers loaner Ike's said there are no issues simply put mine back in and all data will transfer.

So I still have no definitive answer and a lot of anxiety!

Guess I'll let you know what happens when I get it back from VDO

Fingers crossed.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:41 PM
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QSilver7's info is a screenshot from official BMW literature. I don't know what could be more definitive. Good luck.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:41 PM
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You're right Bobdmac

I'm just a little apprehensive.

My IKE is already at VDO and I called again today and once again said 500Miles.

I even sent them the BMW literature as they hadn't heard of it. They are sending me their info on the subject but assure me that they have never had a problem and I shouldn't have one either under 500 MILEs.

Guess I'll find out!
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