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Originally Posted by [email protected]@LView Post

hi all,
BMW 2012 535i xdrive, Today I noticed a strange thing in the car the car was parked in the morning i turned it on, but the temperature gauge took 18 mins until it reached the first line as shown in the picture.Also, the air vents is blowing cold air (NOT HOT )!!!!! I want to noticed somthing else when I drove the car the temperature gauge goes down from the middle (250f+) TO the first line...

ANY HELP, THANKS

Well, that's OIL temperature, not coolant. When it's cold 18 (even 20-25) minutes isn't unreasonable for the oil to reach operating temp. During that time, you should stay out of the turbo as much as you can and drive easily.
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Originally Posted by Bee PeeView Post

Correction m2 has coolant and oil temps

In photo - symbol plus 'OK' is coolant status ie text says cold/ok/hot. Beneath is the coloured bar chart graphic showing oil temp with mid point circa 120 deg C and FSD of +/- 50deg c for lower/upper oil temp ranges...

(http://f87.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1201088):

"Engine temperature display

Displays the current engine temperature,
based on a combination of coolant and engine
oil temperature
. As soon as the optimum operating
temperature has been attained, the indicator
is in the center position.
If the engine oil or coolant, and thus the engine,
become too hot, a Check Control message
is displayed too."

Once reposted, I won't help noticing the slide bar looks ugly.

Thus I suggest the reading is not "coolant temp. is +26.5 C which is COLD and the door is only slightly open ", it's "ambient temp. is +26.5 C, the engine is only a little warm which is effectively COLD, a door is open". They aren't too accurate with the icon (regarding the calendar one, by the way, I initially thought the "1" within was the car's age or maintenance stint and expected it to turn "2" appropriately. ).


A white over blue, "bride" over "lone bitch" (regarding M2) should deserve congratulations, perhaps.
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  1. 07-24-2010, 02:53 AM#1
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    Engine temperature gauge

    I have a 2010 BMW 328i and to my surprise it came without an engine temperature gauge. Does anyone know about aftermarket gauges? The dealer does not have any answer.
    My main concern will be in winter to know when the engine is warm enough to drive hard.

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    No temp gauge on the E90, do not know about the others.

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    there is an eSensor kind of device and OBC will tell you when the car is overheating. as far as when the car is at normal operating temps so that you can drive hard, look for oil level to display - when you start driving it is not showing the level but after a while (6 miles or 15-20 min of driving) you'll see see the level and may start driving sportier

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgereView Post
    there is an eSensor kind of device and OBC will tell you when the car is overheating. as far as when the car is at normal operating temps so that you can drive hard, look for oil level to display - when you start driving it is not showing the level but after a while (6 miles or 15-20 min of driving) you'll see see the level and may start driving sportier
    This. The oil level sensor will not show a reading until the engine is at operating temp.

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    Did not notice before buying the car. They put the instant mpg meter where the temperature gauge used to be. I am still hopeful that somebody will offer an aftermarket gauge that does not afect the warranty

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  8. 07-25-2010, 10:50 AM#8
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    My 2007 E90 328xi came without a temperature gauge (had the instant MPG gauge). I think the temperature gauge comes as a package option. My current ride has an oil temp gauge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fshubertView Post
    My 2007 E90 328xi came without a temperature gauge (had the instant MPG gauge). I think the temperature gauge comes as a package option. My current ride has an oil temp gauge.
    Same with my 2007 328i, just the completely worthless MPG gauge.

  10. 07-27-2010, 01:00 PM#10
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    Must be the package...I have a 2008 328i with sport and have an oil temperature gauge...
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    i have 2006 325 w/sport and dont have the gage... if i m not mistaken 335's get it by default

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    Quote Originally Posted by menewtobmwView Post
    Same with my 2007 328i, just the completely worthless MPG gauge.
    Ditto. Nice to have a temp gauge now.

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    Temp guages have (almost) worthless for a while

    You guys *do* know that BMW's temperature guages have been mostly useless for quite a while; at least since the E46?

    Since BMW went to computer-controlled thermostats (in the name of efficiency), the temperature guages have been completely modulated by the computer. It has three positions: 1) left=cold, 2) middle=normal, 3) right=hot. Since the electronically-controlled thermostat could modulate from around 180 - 200 degrees F for best efficiency (hot when running steady on the highway), it would have scared most people to see it fluctuate so much.

  14. 07-27-2010, 11:12 PM#14
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    It has three positions: 1) left=cold, 2) middle=normal, 3) right=hot.

    If you can see when the engine is warming up, when it has reached normal range, and if it's too hot, that's all I need to know. Much better than no display at all.

  15. 07-28-2010, 03:39 PM#15
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    Quote Originally Posted by floydrView Post
    You guys *do* know that BMW's temperature guages have been mostly useless for quite a while; at least since the E46?

    Since BMW went to computer-controlled thermostats (in the name of efficiency), the temperature guages have been completely modulated by the computer. It has three positions: 1) left=cold, 2) middle=normal, 3) right=hot. Since the electronically-controlled thermostat could modulate from around 180 - 200 degrees F for best efficiency (hot when running steady on the highway), it would have scared most people to see it fluctuate so much.
    I don't think you are correct. My temperature gauge slowly creeps up during the first 10 minutes of driving. And since I installed the Dinan runs about 5 degrees hotter than before. So I would say it is pretty accurate as far as I can tell. Also my temp gauge does fluctuate about 5-10 degrees depending on how I am driving.
    Last edited by mniemiec; 07-28-2010 at 03:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mniemiecView Post
    I don't think you are correct. My temperature gauge slowly creeps up during the first 10 minutes of driving. And since I installed the Dinan runs about 5 degrees hotter than before. So I would say it is pretty accurate as far as I can tell. Also my temp gauge does fluctuate about 5-10 degrees depending on how I am driving.
    You're talking about *OIL* temprature guage. The OP (and me) are talking about the missing *WATER* temperature guage.

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    I think the OP misses having any temperature gauge.

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    Yeah, it doesn't have any gauge for temp... I am still used to seeing the gauge for a peace of mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pappy1911View Post
    Must be the package...I have a 2008 328i with sport and have an oil temperature gauge...
    Really??? A 328 with oil temp? Didn't know there was such an animal from the factory.

    OP - if you are really worried you can get the Performance Electronic V2 Steering wheel.

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How to check engine temperature in BMW 5 series E60

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Your car’s engine needs to maintain the right operating temperature. As it runs, it creates immense amounts of heat. Coolant is circulated through the engine to absorb heat, and then it goes back to the radiator, where the radiator fan helps wick away the collected heat. Once cooled, the coolant is then sent back into the engine to do it all again. This should keep your engine in the normal operating temperature range, but if your temperature gauge is maxed out, there could be something seriously wrong.

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The temperature gauge in your dash is connected to the car’s computer and from there to a temperature sensor on the engine block. The sensor measures the temperature of your car’s coolant (it uses resistance, but the actual resistance values can vary drastically from one automaker to another, and from one model to another).

The information read by the sensor is sent to the car’s computer, which adjusts the temperature gauge and also plays a role in the cooling system. Depending on the temperature level, the radiator fan will cycle on and off. As the temperature of your coolant rises, the needle in your temperature gauge should rise, moving from cold to normal. However, it may move all the way to hot in some cases.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Low Coolant: The first suspected cause of your temperature gauge maxing out is low coolant. If this occurs, your engine can overheat, and serious damage can result, up to and including cracking the block. However, if the engine isn’t actually hot (the temp gauge is maxed out but there’s no abnormal levels of heat from the engine), this isn’t the problem.

  • Broken Temp Gauge: If the temperature gauge is maxed out but the engine isn’t actually hot, then the problem may be a broken temperature gauge. The needle may be stuck in the hot range (this can happen after overheating the engine), or a stepper gear in the gauge may be damaged.

  • Failed Temp Sensor: If the temperature sensor on your engine block has failed, it may not send any information to the system, or it may send an erroneous signal, causing the gauge to rise without any actual overheating. It’s also possible that the sensor is shorting.

  • Failed Thermostat: If your car’s thermostat sticks in the closed position, coolant will not fully cycle through the engine, and it will begin to overheat. Your temperature gauge will rise quickly, particularly if it is very warm outside.

  • Cooling Fan Motor Failure: If the motor for your radiator cooling fan fails, it will not cycle on. This reduces the amount of airflow over the radiator, meaning that much of the heat is retained by the coolant, and it will not be able to absorb more from the engine.

  • Bad Fan Switch: Another reason your radiator fan might not be working is a bad fan switch. This switch controls the cycling of your radiator fan(s), and if it fails, it can cause overheating.

  • Air in System after Coolant Service: If you’ve recently had your engine coolant drained and refilled, it’s possible there’s air in the system. Air bubbles can form and block coolant from cycling through the engine, causing it to overheat.

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If your car is actually overheating, it’s a very serious problem that could quickly lead to engine-killing damage. Even if the problem is just a malfunctioning sensor or gauge, the issue is still serious, as you will have no means of observing the actual temperature of your engine coolant. One of our professional mechanics can inspect and repair your system.

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Warm up time can be quite varied according to ambient temperature. I note a much slower heat up cycle in my N55 (535i) engine as the temperature drops below freezing. Oil is not up to my 'normal' range of 105 - 110C, (220 - 230F), even after 12 miles driving on open roads at around the freezing point. May only be 90C (195F). At something like -4C (25F) oil temperature needle only starts moving off the stop, (70C/160F), after about 7 - 8 miles.

When we monitor oil temperature, dropping to sub freezing temperatures really shows a slow warm up.

I find the same as F30ed, coolant is just a few degrees ahead of the oil temperature in the N55 engine, during the warm up phase.

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Originally Posted by F30edView Post

I was monitoring coolant/oil temps on both N20 and N55 in current Chicago weather. Oil temp just a few degrees lower than coolant. So if Oil shows 70, than coolant is probably around 75...

As heat management and working parameters are very similar in the N20/26 and N55 engines, we expect similar oil/coolant variations.

I'm also used to diesel engines and oil temperature can be 'miles' behind coolant, in the warm up phase. In sub freezing temperatures oil temperature can drop as engine load is eased off, even after 12 or more miles of driving.
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Not even a little bit. This is a car that dynamically alters the coolant temperature based on the current driving conditions and load over a pretty wide range. Electronic thermostat and electric water pump lets BMW do all sorts of interesting things with the temperature. What would "normal" be? The gauge would be so damped it would effectively be an idiot light, so that is what BMW provides. The computer monitors the temp, and if it feels like it is out of bounds for the situation, gives the warning messages. I will notice a big yellow or red warning before I notice what a little gauge needle is doing, and unlike old cars you would not get any advance warning due to the wide range that defines normal.

Ultimately, the computer is a better monitor than you ever could be, it is always paying attention. The lack of a dipstick doesn't bother me either. The lack of a spare tire (or a place to put one) on the other hand - Bloody Germans!

What I would not mind having is a simple indicator showing that the car is fully warmed up and ready to play. I think Subaru or maybe Mitsubishi did this? A little blue light that went out once the car was fully warmed up, coolant and oil both up to proper temp. I just figure in 10-15 minutes she is ready to go.
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