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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 11-27-2012, 08:46 AM
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Blinking Thermometer Light

Why does the outside thermometer light blink? it seems to blink when its 37* or less out when the car is started, does this mean something? It doesn't stay blinking only for a little while after start up. Thanks
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:53 AM
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It`s a warning for potential black ice conditions, which are possible anytime the ambient temp drops below 37 degrees F.

Read the E46 Wiki, which contains a link to the Owner`s Manual.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:54 AM
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It should beep once at 37°F as well, then flash 5-10 times
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:16 AM
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Thanks, I should get an owners manual for the car, I'm sure it would be informative!
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:43 AM
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There used to be flash videos on BMW's website for how to use e46 features, but that went away when the e9x became current. Wish I had saved the vids

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Old 11-27-2012, 01:17 PM
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....and it'll do it every time the temp dips below 37 degrees. Very annoying, especially if the outside temp is around 37 deg. I had the thing beep over and over again as I was driving in and out of shade on a road trip last winter. Your car can be programmed to disable that feature. I did it myself with the Xcar360 coding program and cable.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:21 PM
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Thanks, I should get an owners manual for the car, I'm sure it would be informative!
Could download from bmwusa site, but they stopped going back as far as your car I think. But later model would still have plenty applicable to your car.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:50 AM
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Could download from bmwusa site,
No need...

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Read the E46 Wiki, which contains a link to the Owner`s Manual.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:54 PM
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I have taken to calling it the "What's wrong?!?" light, because my fiance still asks that question every time it beeps when we're in the car.

Her son remembers, though, and says "It's 37 degrees out, mom!" every time now
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:18 PM
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....and it'll do it every time the temp dips below 37 degrees. Very annoying, especially if the outside temp is around 37 deg. I had the thing beep over and over again as I was driving in and out of shade on a road trip last winter. Your car can be programmed to disable that feature. I did it myself with the Xcar360 coding program and cable.
strange, mine wont do that, mine will only beep again when the temperature rises to like 42 or 43 and then back down to 37 again
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