Installation kit for outside temperature indicator/digital clock BMW 3 Series (E30)

EBA – 01 29 9 780 809
BMW Installation Instructions

The temperature indicator/digital clock can be subse­ quently installed in place of the clock. On 316 and 318i models (without the optional revolution counter), the front trim plate of the heating control panel must also be replaced.

By pressing the relevant key, the time display is trans­ formed into an out side temperature or date indicator. If the outside temperature falls below + 3°C, the unit switches automatically to the temperature function and a warning gong sounds to indicate the possiblity of black ice on the road surf ace. An hourly reminder signal can also be activated with the “MEMO” key.

Tools and materials required:
Cranked ring spanner, 10 mm
Screwdrivers, No. 2 and 4
Phillips screwdrivers, No. 1 and 2
Side cutters
Power drill, 8 mm twist drill bit
Piercing saw

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Installing outside temperature indicator/digital clock Unscrew bolts on left and right and remove protective un­ dertray from beneath the engine compartment (on 316, 318i, 320i, 325e, 325i from 9/85 onwards).

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In addition, on 324d: take out the screws.

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In addition, on 325iX (four-wheel drive) : take out the screws.

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Push the outside temperature sensor (1) with sealing ring (2) into the front spoiler from behind until it is felt to lock into positon.

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Insert plug connector holder (arrow) in the cutout provi­ ded in the left wheel arch.

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Rotate retaining screw (1) through 90° and remove head­ light cover (2).


To remove the lef t-hand cover, the rubber section of the intake pipe (arrow) must be pushed back slightly .

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Run the wiring (1) (temperature monitor) through the en­ gine compartment along the main wiring harness as shown in Fig. 1.

Connect the plug (2) (temperature sensor) to the socket on the wiring (temperature monitor).

Insert the plug in the connector.

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Rotate screws (arrows) through 90°C. Remove trim at the bottom left of the instrument panel.

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Cut out the rubber grommet (arrow) in the passenger compartment.

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Pull the wiring (1) (temperature monitor) from the engine compartment into the passenger compartment (make sure that the rubber grommet is in the correct position). Note:

To f acilitate installation of the wiring, the f use box can be removed.

Rub talcum powder on the cable grommet.

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Install the gong.

Remove the insulating material from the instrument pa­ nel.

Cut out the template supplied and place on the insula­ ting material. Mark and cut out the section required (shown above) with a piercing saw.

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Press in the trim panel (1) and attach the gong (2).

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Lift out the clock trim panel (arrow) with a small screw­ driver and remove.


On 316 and 318i models (without the optional revolution counter), the front trim plate on the instrument panel must be replaced by a front plate with Part No. 64 11 1 376 153 (up to production year 9/84) or 64 11 1 375 733 (from production year 9/84 onwards).

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Only applies to models 316 and 318 (without the optional revolution counter):

pull off the rotary temperature control knob.

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Pull knobs (1 – 3) of f the slide levers.

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Lift out trim panel.

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Take out Phillips screws (1 – 4).

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Remove radio or dummy panel.

Push out the dummy covers (1) and switches (2) from the control panel.

Pull plugs (3) off switches (2).

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Take out the screws (arrow) and pull out the front plate.

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Remove the switches for the air conditioning system, if installed.

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Install the new front plate by working in the reverse order.

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On vehicles with the optional revolution counter:

Press clips in the direction of the arrow with a small screwdriver.

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Pull the clock outwards. Disconnect the plug (arrow) and remove the clock.

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Push out the pin (1) and remove the glove box.

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Remove the trim above the glove box. Take out the two Phillips screws (arrows).

Turn the two clips through go 90° (bottom arrows) and re­ move.

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Pull the trim down for a short distance and pull off the cable shoes (arrow) for the glove box light. Remove the trim.

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Take out Phillips screw (top right arrow).

Rotate retaining clips (arrows) through go 0 and remove trim.

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Run the wiring (outside temperature indicator/digital clock) from left to right along the main wiring harness un­ der the instrument panel.

Secure wiring to main wiring harness with cable straps_ Note:

If necessary, push radio dummy cover out by hand from the inside. Remove radio, if installed.

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Remove the instrument carrier.

Unscrew retaining nuts behind the trim. Remove the trim (1).

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Take out screws and remove the trim (1).

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Take out the screws_ Note:

Steering wheel must not be removed.

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Lift clips (arrow) out of the recess. Push out the instru­ ment carrier slightly from behind. Insert the yellow plug of the multi-functional display in the socket in the instru­ ment carrier. Press in the plug spreader pin.

Secure the instrument carrier back in position. Note:

The lower retaining screws on the instrument carrier must not be accidentally conf used.

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Set the digital clock to the desired display by turning the screw (arrow) – see page 10.

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Insert plug (arrow) in the multi-f unctional clock. Secure with keeper.

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Push the multi-functional clock into the holder. Press on the trim panel.

Adjust the multi-functional clock (see page 10).

E30 multi-functional clock

Cutout for gong

Outside temperature

When the “A-TEMP” key is pressed, the outside tempera­ ture is displayed. If the out side temperature falls below

+ 3 °C when the ignition key is in position 1 or beyond, a gong sounds to indicate the possibility of black ice on the road surface. At the same time the unit of measure­ment (°C/° F) and the dot f lash for 10 seconds in the dis­ play.

If another tu nction is selected and the temperature cal­ led up again during these ten seconds, only the visual warning signal flashes for the rest of this period.

Setting the time and date

Af ter an interruption in the power supply (initial input: f lashing dot) the time can be reset – without pressing the “HOUR” function key – at the two input keys “h/DAT” and “min/DAT”. To set the date, the “DATE” function key must f irst of all be pressed.

Each time the input key is pressed or for each half­ second that it is held down, the value shown increases by one unit.

A symbol indicates the clock function and the letters “DAT” the date f unction.

Press the “HOUR” key to start the clock accurately to the nearest second and the “DATE” key to start the ca­ lendar program. The dot then stops flashing.

To make further changes to the settings, depress the re­ levant function key (“HOUR” or “DATE”) until a flashing dot appears between the hours and the minutes or the day and the month.

If the program is not started after a new input, but an­ other function is selected, the old setting is retained. Unrealistic inputs are not accepted by the programs, and zeroes preceding the f igures are not shown. The date program does not include leap years and must therefore be corrected manually.

Notes on the 12-hour clock

After clock has run through 12 hours, it changes from AM to PM. This is indicated in front of the figures. To meet various national requirement, the clock can be converted to a

24-hour and °C

12-hour and °F or a

12-hour and °C display

at a switch on the casing lid at the back. When the 24· hour program is switched over to a 12-hour program, the functions of the input keys change automatically from day and month to month and day.


The “MEMO” key is used to activate or deactivate an hourly reminder signal. The signal sounds 15 seconds before the beginning of each full hour and can be used to remind the driver to switch over from cassette to radio operat ion for traffic reports etc. When the signal is acti­ vated, the letters “ME” appear in the display.

Original template enclosed with the parts kit.