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The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 05-25-2019, 07:50 AM
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Temperature Gauge on my F10

Guys see the pic below. My car temp gauge only raised just a bit after driving 1.5miles. Is this normal or an indication of bad thermostat?

I have no error codes or anything but just observing. Eventually it rises to normal when i keep driving but Iím not sure how long it takes the car to reach itís normal operating temperature?

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Old 05-25-2019, 07:56 AM
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That is an engine oil temperature gauge not a coolant temperature gauge. Looks normal.
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1.5 miles is not enough time for the car to reach temp. While the gauge is oil temp - its a fairly linear relationship between oil temp, engine temp, and coolant temp.

As long as the car reaches the standard 240~ mark after a bit of driving, your system is normal. If it never gets past 140-180, then you may have a faulty thermostat. If it overheats, then you may have a faulty thermostat and/or water pump.

If neither, then you are good.
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Ditto...unlike BMW instrument clusters of the past (not sure what your BMW history is)...the latest (new generation) BMWs have an oil temp gauge on the far right instead of the coolant temp sensor like in the past.

You can also tell by the icon on the gauge...it has the historical BMW "oil tin" icon along with a temp scale (to indicate oil temp)...whereas the old gen BMWs coolant temp gauge has an icon that has "waves" that indicate "water" along with a temp scale....and also has blue & red color blocks to indicate cool & hot:

And there's always the explanation of the instrument cluster in the good ol' owners manual.

{old BMW instrument cluster that has a coolant temp gauge on the far right}






{BMW traditional icon for "oil"}


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Ahhhh all this time I have been thinking itís coolant. Kind of assumed with my E46 Bmw history. Didnít pay attention to the oil mark.
So the question is how would I know if my car heats up for no coolant or something like that?
Is it software warnings on screen?
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Ahhhh all this time I have been thinking itís coolant. Kind of assumed with my E46 Bmw history. Didnít pay attention to the oil mark.
So the question is how would I know if my car heats up for no coolant or something like that?
Is it software warnings on screen?
You'll get an iDrive warning. And it won't be too late like an "idiot light".
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No coolant? Your car would overheat within a minute or two. Low coolant, you will get warnings on the dash and idrive. You will also get overheat warnings. Youíre gonna know pretty quick if something is wrong.


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Ahhhh all this time I have been thinking itís coolant. Kind of assumed with my E46 Bmw history. Didnít pay attention to the oil mark.
So the question is how would I know if my car heats up for no coolant or something like that?
Is it software warnings on screen?
In regards to overheating or low coolant...see info from the owners manual (which interestingly is right below the oil temp gauge info).


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Ahhhh all this time I have been thinking itís coolant. Kind of assumed with my E46 Bmw history. Didnít pay attention to the oil mark.
So the question is how would I know if my car heats up for no coolant or something like that?
Is it software warnings on screen?
Don't be hard on yourself, I thought the same thing and I've been working on cars and airplanes for years. If you think about it, it makes sense. Oil warms up slower than coolant so waiting until the oil temp moves off the bottom peg before you drive hard is better than relying on coolant temp.
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