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2010 535xi converting dials from MPH to KPH?

Old 02-13-2019, 11:27 AM
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Default 2010 535xi converting dials from MPH to KPH?

Just curious what this would entail and how much it would cost to do? I live in Canada and am considering bringing in a 2010 535xi from the States.

Anyone have experience with this?
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:38 AM
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My speedometer has both readings. Are you concerned about the odometer reading?
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:46 AM
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It doesn't bother me, more for my wife. The speedo has both but MPH is large and prominent and KPH is much smaller. Basically if it's relatively easy to convert then I'd do it, I just don't know how involved it is.
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I believe there are overlays you can buy. Here is a thread from several years ago that discusses the issue.
https://5series.net/forums/e60-discu...r-swap-132524/
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I donít know about the quality of overlays, but you should also be able retrofit a used KPH cluster if theyíre not to your liking. Iíve retrofit clusters between e6xís, and itís actually fairly easy. I havenít done a MPH to KPH cluster, but it should follow the standard pattern. Buy a used KPH cluster (usually <$100 on eBay), reset mileage, flash VIN, install in car and code appropriate options.

While youíre at it, you could find an M5 cluster and get oil temp rather than the fuel economy.

One drawback to this approach would be a VO/coding/firmware mismatch unless you meticulously change the VO, so youíd need to be careful letting the dealer do any future programming on your car.
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You could use Carly to code the digital speedometer in the center, change your settings (in iDrive) to KM and voala! Much cheaper and quicker way to get KM all the time. I have mine to show Celsius all the time.

PS, I'm selling my E61...just saying
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Originally Posted by pocholin View Post
You could use Carly to code the digital speedometer in the center, change your settings (in iDrive) to KM and voala! Much cheaper and quicker way to get KM all the time.)
What happens with the existing mileage on the odometer? Does it get converted to KM also?
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Originally Posted by JayArras View Post
What happens with the existing mileage on the odometer? Does it get converted to KM also?
Yes, when you select in the iDrive KM, that reads in KM.
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