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  1. Ok so this is my first ever DIY post so bear with me. Recently I happened to buy a e46 it was in good nic till…. well the cluster died on me . I was looking at dishing out some 140K for a virgin cluster with programming or having to buy a used one and live with wrong mileage and the DREADED tamper dot. Being a software guy by trade, I started looking into buying a used one and to somehow reprograming it to get the correct mileage and VIN. It went well, thus this DIY. My existing cluster was Motormeter and my replacement was Bosch. Doesn’t really matter the manufacturer any e46 cluster should work but I got a pre-facelift cluster cause I’m paranoid. This DIY assumes you have NCSExpert installed and updated with the latest DATEN files. You are going to need a bucket load of stuff. A used e46 cluster (ebay) T20, T10 torx bit drivers. (ebay) Pieces of paper Some experience in hot air soldering (I’m a complete noob at it) A good hot air soldering station Solder Paste/Solder wic Tweezers Surgical Alcohol / Probably some beer too Cotton Wool Nerves of steel Blank M35080 EEPROM chip (ebay) R270+ chip programmer (ebay) A steady hand K+DCAN USB to OBDII cable (ebay) - http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-USB-OBD-DIAGNOSTIC-CABLE-INTERFACE-INPA-K-DCAN-ISTA-ISID-SSS-V32-Progman-/331800219469?hash=item4d40d58f4d:g:RpsAAOSw~otWcZo8&item=331800219469&vxp=mtr NCS Expert with latest E46 SP-DATEN files (I had v54 downloaded from https://mega.co.nz/#F!0N8A3LSb!kPyNeBaKoO1GaGoSokfuJA) Cluster Removal Pretty straight forward. Use the T20 torx bit and unfasten the 2 screws at the top. Unlock and pull steering wheel towards you and down to make room to take the cluster out. Pull the cluster out straight and try to partially take it out to the right hand side. There are two connectors at the back. One for power and the other is the CANBUS connector. You want to rotate the white tabs up so the connector backs out of the socket and pull them off. New Cluster Install Install the new cluster temporarily. Reverse of the way it was removed. Check if everything works properly. It doesn’t matter if you get a cog like sign on the panel where the gear selection is display. It will go away once you code it later. Plug in your OBD cable and fire up NCS Expert. Turn key to the 2nd position. No need to start the vehicle. Mine is a 2001 Preface-Lift so it might be different in newer cars. Load the Expert Mode profile. Press “Vin/ZCS/FA” ZCS/FA f. ECU E46 KMB (KMB means instrument cluster) You want to make note / take a screenshot of the FG code. This is the VIN that’s stored in the replacement cluster. Turn off the ignition. And remove the cluster and take it to your work area. Cluster Dis-assembly You might want to practice with the dead cluster first. I did and it was worth the experience. Mark where the 4 T10 screws are located. There are many more holes than screws for some reason. Better to put them back where they were removed from. Unscrew the all of them and pull off the back cover. Holding the circuit board from the square socket connectors pull it straight out. You would want to take care not to touch the black printed board with all the speed / rpm values and stuff. It’s a matte black paint and gets scratched easily (ask me how I know), which will ruin the cluster. Tap the 5 needles so they are settled at the lowest position. Take some pics of exactly where they stop/rest because you are gonna remove them and you want to put them back at the correct positions. Now take a clean piece of paper, rip it in the middle like the pic and place it between the needle and printed board. This is for protection because you are bound to scratch the board if you do not. Now twist the needles counter clockwise while pulling up very gently. It’ll take about two full turns before the needles come out. If you pull too much the black pieces at the middle tend to brake off (This is why you should practice on the dead cluster). You want to remove the RPM needle last because it gets blocked by the fuel consumption needle when you try to turn it. At assembly the fuel consumption needle should be installed last. Once all the needles are removed, gently pull out the printed card and then the clear plastic bit under it. Next remove the two LCD panels (if automatic) one if manual, by releasing the clips at the back and pushing the metal frames out. Take note of the orientation they come out at. You would want to put them back the same way. Now the white plastic back panel should come off easily.
  2. ChamaraW

    2013 C220 or 320D

    Please advice on pros and cons of 2013 Mercedes W204 C220 and BMW F30 320D models.
  3. Guys, I have never used an euro car nor driven one. Last 15 yrs or so I have driven only Jap cars and vans. This time I thought about buying a BMW because I want to experience so called 'Ultimate driving machine'. Actually I don't like numb driving experience of Toyota and want to drive a mid size sedan. So my questions are, 1. Is it wise to choose 520d 2012/2013 for driving pleasure? 2. How reliable the car is? 3. What are the common faults of this car? 4. Is timing chain issue frequently seen in Sri Lanka? 5. What should be specially looked for, when buying 520d? 6. What is the reasonable market price for this car? I know asking this is stupid. But I have seen ads quoting from around 7.5 mil to 10 mil for 2012 manufactured car. 7. What are the alternatives for above car?
  4. Can anybody please tell me a good place to do a full restoration from ground up for a BMW E30? Much appreciated!
  5. I'm considering VW Golf or Peugeot 307. YOM would be 2007 or 8. would like some help to understand if there are any specific things to look when buying one and again if there are any factory faults in these models? I know the 307 autos had a gearbox issue. but I'm looking for a manual option. any help would be appreciated. BMW 320i (YOM 2005/6) is also an option. any thoughts on that as well compared to the VW and Pug??
  6. Hello everyone, I am in need of an SUV in 5 mil to 5.5 mil range and the BMW X1 diesel seems to fit the bill. But my concerns are on how reliable will it be as of 2019. Most ones are 2011-2013 range and have almost or in excess of 100k kms. Ive done my research and find out some issues 1.N47 engine timing chain issues 2.Steering box 3.ZF auto transmission and its lifetime oil change claims(This im not so sure about and many say it needs changing oil) 4. Problems with the A/C? Most of my research was bases on the internet so are there more issues native to SL ? It would also be appreciated if owners could mention about servicing costs, repair places other than the agent and general costs Thanks in advance 😊
  7. MkX

    My Little Project - Bmw E30

    It’s been a while I was thinking of getting a BMW E36. But finally I end up getting an E30. The car has not been abused, but it has accumulated work over the period that needs attention. My intention is to gather up all missing bits and pieces together and build the car back to its original glory. This might not be a big project comparing to some ground up projects and restores. But all help and suggestions are welcome. Here are the things I will have to attend immediately. Complete restore of the instrument cluster. Meters worked for few days after me getting the car, except for the Odometer. However stopped working due to a shudder while I was reversing the car. Coolant leak occurred last week. It’s coming from the water pump. Will be taking it out at the local garage. AC fan seems working even at “0” position. And the AC switch is broken so it’s in the on position all the time. There are small works remaining in rest of the car. For example broken winders, shaky door looks, some interior parts, and a good paint job.
  8. JaiRay

    Importing Engines?

    Was thinking of importing a BMW m50 engine or even a jz motor. Any one have any information how the tax system works for importing just the engine of a car?
  9. Thamindu99

    Which one is better

    which one is better 1.bmw 520d 2013 2.audi A6 2013
  10. Good day All, New to the forum here ;) I'm looking to purchase a car manufactured between 1960-1990 for a full restoration project. Would love to see if any BMW e34 (1984) are available. Even a Datsun b210 is okay. Original book should be available. It doesn't matter if the car is in very bad condition as I plan on working on it from ground up. I'd really appreciate if you could let me know what cars are available. Thanks in advance!
  11. esanda007

    Service Except Pres**

    After going through all of autolanka found lot of records regarding service places for bmw. But most of the records are around 2013 or before. can any body recommend better place for a service for bmw f30 imported out side prestige. they are charging 950000 for registration at company. Thanks in Advance.
  12. Hi About 02 years ago, I've uploaded a topic almost about finding a BMW E38 7 Series, which could be said as my ultimate driving machine dream Currently, I am driving my S-Type Jag and Now I wanted to buy a BMW E38 car. Here are my wishlist a). If possible to find, I prefer a stretched look of an iL (long wheel base) car like 740iL. From my knowledge very few are on Sri Lankan roads. b) Prefer LCI (facelifted car) from year 1998 - 2001 c) Prefer Green color exterior with beige interior, I don't know if any of such is available that fits above preferences in Sri Lanka I've seen all cars (2-3) advertised now and during last year or so, but none of those are in awe inspiring condition and needs considerable attention and big $$$ to get things to work again. So please don't suggest cars currently advertised on classified sites. I am aware that, it would quite difficult to find a car that fits above description and I've already contacted several BMW service people (Prestige, Mr Milroy and -2-3 others) to find an owner who has an E38 that I may could persuade in selling. Even if you could point me in the direction of any other E38 (1995-2001, short or long wheelbase, 728i, 730i or 740i, 740il), I highly appreciate it. Please send me PM if you have contact info. Thanks again Kal-el
  13. Hi, This has reference to one of my earlier posts, in which i sought advise from upgrading from my Jaguar S type to a model within BMW E38, E39, E60, Jaguar XJ X350, etc. With valuable guidance from AL members and through my own evaluation, I have decided to go for a BMW E38 (or X308 XJ LWB Jaguar as X350 is currently out of my budget), preferably a facelifted 1998 - 2001, 740iL long wheel base car. From my limited knowledge, I think there are very few long wheel base E38's in the country, hence finding one has become somewhat of a challenge, hence I seek the help from fellow AL members. During last 12 months, there were 02 LWB cars advertised on quick sites and here on AL. I wonder who own these now and also interested to know more details of these elusive cars. Thanking you Kal-El
  14. dantoddd

    BMW i3 2015

    Hi guys, There are a few BMW i3s for sale. prices start from around 3.8 million. Is it a good car for city driving, basically 30-40 km per day. Do you guys have any experience with this car and major issues etc. and what is the warranty of the battery.
  15. Zerubbabel

    BMW E38

    Hi, I'm thinking of buying a BMW E38 740i . How should I plan my purchase ? - As in look up Vehicle History Records , Vehicle Condition etc . Also, who would be the Mechanic to go to or should it be to the Agents ? How much money would it cost to maintain it each month on average ? Is the fuel consumption about 4km / Ltr in Colombo ? My usage is 1500 Km's per month . Please tell me / warn me / educate me about this car in a Sri Lankan context . Thank you
  16. Nithya Ranasinghe

    Used luxury SAV for 6 to 7 million?

    Hello, I am in the market for a hatchback car or a small SUV(used). I prefer a luxury car brand. My budget is about 6 to 6.5 million. As of now, my options are a 2011 BMW X1 or a 2017 Audi A3 Sportback. I'm in a bit of a dilemma because the BMW has a 2000cc engine and is diesel whereas the AUDI has a 1000cc and is petrol. Any help would be highly appreciated. Please let me know of any other options I have. Thanks in advance
  17. Nithya Ranasinghe

    Buying a used BMW X1 2012

    Hello I am in the market for a hatchback car or a small SUV(used). I prefer a luxury car brand. My budget is about 6 to 6.5 million. As of now, my options are a 2011 BMW X1 or a 2017 Audi A3 Sportback. I'm in a bit of a dilemma because the BMW has a 2000cc engine and is diesel whereas the AUDI has a 1000cc and is petrol. Any help would be highly appreciated. Please let me know of any other options I have. Thanks in advance
  18. Hi All, I am thinking about upgrading to a BMW E36 or E46 from Grande Punto. Can anyone give me advice on fuel efficiency and the issues these two models might have? Also is it possible to get any recommendations for any other brands i might have not considered as an upgrade (it doesn't matter if it is an euro or jap), i'm looking for reasonable fuel efficiency, reasonable power, comfortable interior and somewhat of a sporty look. my budget is around 3.5 mil. Thanks in advance.
  19. OpTune

    BMW E12

    My friend has a 1972 BMW E12 325 sedan. It is in really bad condition and the engine is a toyota engine. It is a rust bucket but I love how the car looks with the classic lines. How much would a car like this cost and is it worth restoring? The engine is a Toyota so that is a relief for now I can swap a BMW engine later. What about shocks springs ? I am guessing no one is selling these parts. If any one has any experience with this please give me some ideas or talk me out of buying this junk. Thank you
  20. thejan123

    Audi, bmw or benz ?

    Hey guys, I choose these 3 cars for this debate Audi a4 (B9), bmw 3 series (F30) and benz c class(w205). What is the most reliable car out of these that is suitable for srilankan roads conditions. And i would like to know the second hand market for these vehicals and the avalibility of spare parts in srilanka. Thanks?
  21. Hi all, I have two options BMW 318i M Sport 2017 BMW 520D 2012-2013 Both will roughly go around 9-10 million. please advise me which one I should go for.
  22. Octanehead

    Eva! My Journey With An E36

    My story starts long ages ago, when I was yay high! I was lucky enough to have an Uncle who was a BMW fanatic! Walking into his house I saw what lay in his garage. At the time I did not know all the model codes but I knew they were BMW's. Not one but two fantastic looking E39's parked side by side. The image was seared clearly into my memory and from that moment on my love for them only grew stronger. Years passed by and then I met another person (known as Esdeez over here) who was passionate about the Bavarian brand as much as I was (Actually more). Becoming very close friends was imminent! Soon after he got his first Beemer, I had to have one too. So after much persuasion I managed to get Dad into saying yes. But there was a problem I wanted an E34 but Dad wanted a E36. A compromise was made, so yes Dad had his way. But there was another issue now. Money was there but finding a good car was an even harder task. As always I wanted a proper six pot E36. Rare as they were I came across a 320 in my colour of choice BLACK! Sadly Dad wasn't interested as it needed quite a bit of attention. Had to let it go, something I deeply deeply regret even as I write this. All good things take time I guess, nevertheless I came across this 1992 316i. Dont be fooled by the number plate though, its not a 318 (at least for now) Seemed okay on the outside. I was looking for a project car nevertheless and Dad was satisfied with the motor. So with my impatience to taste Bavaria we slapped some cash on the desk and drove her away. Decided to name her Eva..... The above shot was taken by Esdeez at one of the first BMW Meet's I had attended. It looks pretty good here actually (maybe it was because of the photographer?) But as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover seemed true as Dad and I made a bit of hasty decision. The paint was well, intact but sections of it were turning grey. Supposedly someone had tried to buff it too much. It had silly looking number plates which I changed to the nice clean black ones (as seen above) and boring alloys and a FART CANNON! More than that, the AC conversion on this UK spec car was pretty crappy but managed to sort the whole thing out as well. To be honest soon after I bought the car, I only had it for a couple of days. It was in the workshop for over a week! Then with me leaving to Malaysia for higher studies, time for Eva ran short. So it was put aside for a couple of months. But while I was away, Dad's was busy getting the car touched up. At last Eva was presentable to the general public! By then I managed to install some Angel eye's. A must have add on for any BMW owner! And the previous owner had gone to the extent of performing a facelift to the front end too. Sure does make a difference. By the way the paint hasn't been cut and polished as yet. I will be claying the whole car once I am back in December(2013) and laying down some good polish to get it up to my standards. But a full back to bare metal respray is on the cards! More on that later. Sadly though I wasn't satisfied with the car! Well main reason been the puny 1600cc engine pushing this thing along was just stupidly underpowered! But it hadn't even done 100,000km's when I got it so the engine was pretty smooth. The silly fart cannon was thrown away for a brand new OEM 318 Exhaust ( cost me a pretty penny that). Why stock you ask? Its a 316 no point spending a lot on something nice, plus the 318 exhaust improves performance slightly! It just needs a better tip at the rear. This is Eva's resting grounds! With dear Cera parked in front. Once I removed the fart cannon though I found out another issue. The noise that exhaust made hid something even worse. All of my wheel bearings were Kaput! They made this nail biting drone over 50kph. Ah the frivolities of owning a German! This thing managed to burn quite a big hole in both my Dad's pocket and mine. Add to that when I took the car for inspection, my oil pressure switch was leaking oil badly! So once again the car went into hibernation till we sourced the finances. Dad managed to fix the front wheel bearings, replaced the pressure switch, new air filter and put in new oil and filter! And again we were broke. Didn't have enough dosh to put in the rears! Studying abroad was slowing down progress sadly. Remember I said I wasn't happy with my purchase and lost all hope in the car and the brand itself. Well that was all about to change! Been a young lad I had never got the chance to drive long distance. In other words take an epic road trip. I wasn't too interested in taking Eva cos of the evil drone, but the Ceres was under the knife at the time and my Uncle from Aussie had made plans to go to Udawalawe. So Eva it was. It was on this trip that I really understood what it was all about. Hell I couldn't keep up with my Uncle's Allion, but wind in my hair (I had the sunroof open most of the way ) and no parents to tell me what to do, the drive was epic. Even with the annoying drone, The E36 managed to make me smile all along the way. And never gave me any problems at all. Everything was fine for a 21 year old car! She faired really well on the trip to Udawalawe. So was the trip from there, down south. Stopped by the side of the road cos the views were pretty amazing! I was really happy though for another reason. At last this car managed to made me smile! I was considering giving it away even though I would loose a lot of cash, but that trip changed my mind!
  23. Hi guys, Do you happen to know anybody in Sri Lanka that does BMW coding. I need to do a LCI headlight conversion on my pre LCI BMW E60.
  24. dantoddd

    1 series BMW

    Im looking for a 1 series BMW as secondary vehicle. What are your reflections on this vehicle. Basically I'm looking for small hatchback with character for a secondary vehicle. my budget is around 4-5 mn, but i'd rather spend 4 than 5. I've seen this car and it looks good. are there ppl with experience of this vehicle? and whats the general cost. I'll also consider alternatives if you guys can recommend some. thanks in advance
  25. SharpClaws

    BMW DIY ecu project

    ok so i'm currently working on installing speeduino ecu (same as a megasquirt) to my bmw e34 m40 engine. i will post more info later but here is some videos First Start ! Launch control action Driving around
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