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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-23-2014, 05:49 PM
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Engine gauges (aftermarket)

Any feedback on this aftermarket gauge setup?? (No oil pressure reading)

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Old 05-23-2014, 06:11 PM
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The couple of guys I've seen running the P3 vent gauge liked it. It looks good and if I wasn't running a Cobb V3 I'd get it to check boost and oil temps.


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Old 05-23-2014, 10:30 PM
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Looks kool,, but It lacks oil pressure and oil temp. Two of the things I would like to have ..
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:31 PM
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I haven't showed the wife yet and we're old - but what do you young guys think? I wanted dark faced gauges but I used mini gauges and these were reasonably priced. I also didn't want to chop the dash or center console while leaving the option of reinstalling the ashtray if a potential buyer didn't want the gauges. I'm also going with an electric temp gauge because the lead for the manual gauge wasn't long enough. The bulbs are colored to match the dash lights at night. (water - volts - oil behind shifter)

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Why isn't oil temp available through obd gauges? It comes on the M5 cluster which people have been able to retro fit (with coding) with working oil temp gauge. And it also shows up on the bmw performance steering wheel.

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Looks good AB .. So did you end up installing a water temp sensor off the top radiator hose?

Also what kind of connector did you use for the oil pressure gage to the factory wires ?
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Looks good AB .. So did you end up installing a water temp sensor off the top radiator hose?
Sorry for the delayed response - I finally put the car back on the road after replacing a few parts, gaskets & modifications. It's great to have real time gauge readings.

Temp sender is in upper radiator hose.
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Also what kind of connector did you use for the oil pressure gage to the factory wires ?
Oil sender is plumbed with OEM sender
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Sorry for the delayed response - I finally put the car back on the road after replacing a few parts, gaskets & modifications. It's great to have real time gauge readings.

Temp sender is in upper radiator hose.
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Total independent monitoring ,, nice work AB . Surprised you were able to fit the new fixture under the vacume pump with such limited space .

Question ,, where the coolant temp sensor is . The temp reading is not actually the engine coolant temp right ? Cause its on the radiator side of the thermostat . So will you get a cooler reading from that new sensor ? while the thermostat is closed ?
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:27 PM
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Total independent monitoring ,, nice work AB . Surprised you were able to fit the new fixture under the vacume pump with such limited space .

Question ,, where the coolant temp sensor is . The temp reading is not actually the engine coolant temp right ? Cause its on the radiator side of the thermostat . So will you get a cooler reading from that new sensor ? while the thermostat is closed ?
I ended with the oil senders on opposite ports of the brass t-fitting then in photo. It was a little tricky getting the side port to end (sealed) under the vaccume pump for the OEM sender.

Found a bad ground to the temp sensor - it now appears accurate but I'm still trying to access my hidden temp. gauge to compare readings. (Aftermarket gauge reads about 210 - A/C on - ambient air about 75) Coolant flow chart shows upper hose hot out (from engine) so it should be good.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:45 PM
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I replaced the defective OEM fan which works good but I also installed 2 Hayden pusher fans up front as a secondary line of defense. The silver thermo coupler wire coming out of upper rad hose adapter (post 7 photo) goes to adjustable auto temp switch and I have a manual override near drivers seat.
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BTW - with all the trans issues these cars have. The thermostat for the transmission is the size of a penny. Might be a good idea to replace it when doing trans or cooling system repairs.
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