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Old 01-01-2004, 09:47 PM   #1
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High Km !! What to do ? Please Help

Hi Guys, I just registered to this site but have been visiting it quite often the last couple of months, I am currently in the proccess of purchasing a 325 or 328is hopefully between 94-97.

I am currently looking at a car : 97 328is with 104km but the car has various signs of being well aged !! Pedal wear, steering wheel wear, shifter nob is quite beat up, and the exterior is original paint but is fading slightly.

My question is if there is any way to tamper with the odometer on an e36 any year , to read less kilometers. I have never heard of it but if there is a way then atleast i can take this into consideration while looking for a used e36 !

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Old 01-01-2004, 10:02 PM   #2
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Re: High Km !! What to do ? Please Help

It is possible.

1) Go to Ministry of Transportation and get a user car package, it's about 20 bucks. This will tell you the number of owners this car has had up to today. You might also get lucky and get some milage numbers along with that.

2) Talk to the previous owner and see if there are any records like service reciepts, etc.

3) Also don't forget that it is quite possible that the car does have original 104km on the odometer but it was just driven short distrances. It could've been used only for city driving. This will account for all the wear and tear inside the car.

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Hi Guys, I just registered to this site but have been visiting it quite often the last couple of months, I am currently in the proccess of purchasing a 325 or 328is hopefully between 94-97.

I am currently looking at a car : 97 328is with 104km but the car has various signs of being well aged !! Pedal wear, steering wheel wear, shifter nob is quite beat up, and the exterior is original paint but is fading slightly.

My question is if there is any way to tamper with the odometer on an e36 any year , to read less kilometers. I have never heard of it but if there is a way then atleast i can take this into consideration while looking for a used e36 !

Thanks
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Old 01-01-2004, 10:05 PM   #3
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What about a service history? With only 104k there should be a service history from when the car was under warranty. About the appearance, I have a friend who bought a 98 328is a couple years ago from the dealer and it had all the things you described with only 67k. It had the service records from the dealer which is why he bought it. The thing to remember is that some take really good care of their cars and some don't give a crap. So I say if it doesn't have a service history keep looking cause there are lots of E36's out there now.
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Old 01-01-2004, 10:36 PM   #4
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it's prolly a montreal car
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Old 01-01-2004, 10:54 PM   #5
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thanks guys, i am familiar with the used car package and checking histoy and stuff .

but i still want to know if there is a way to tamper with the km and how it is done , anybody ?
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All you need to know is the right people and have about 300-500CAD in your pocket (cheaper for non-electronic odometers).

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but i still want to know if there is a way to tamper with the km and how it is done , anybody ?
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Old 01-01-2004, 11:14 PM   #7
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Old 01-02-2004, 03:08 AM   #8
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Leaving the car outside instead of in a garage can cause paint and interior aging very fast.

And yes, it might have more KMS than what is says- my car is an example...it has 15,500kms more than what the odometer says because the computer/gauges was repaced (due to faulty wipers- warranty fix- which would have cost $500+).
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Old 01-02-2004, 04:12 AM   #9
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I figured it would be the same as a domestic car with a digital odometer , where in that case u buy a new computer and program it to what ever you want it to be. I know this can be done with cavaliers, corvettes, and alot of new fords .

Would this work on an e36 ?

Could you use a computer from another e36 with less km ?
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I figured it would be the same as a domestic car with a digital odometer , where in that case u buy a new computer and program it to what ever you want it to be. I know this can be done with cavaliers, corvettes, and alot of new fords .

Would this work on an e36 ?

Could you use a computer from another e36 with less km ?
I don't think it's the computer on the E36 but maybe something in the cluster itself cause my car doesn't have the same computer that came from the factory but the milage is still the same. I had a problem with my temp guage not working once and Chuck (from Chucks auto if you don't know) put in a different cluster and it showed the kms from the car it came from.
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Old 01-02-2004, 08:10 AM   #11
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there are a couple options, either the previosly mentioned cluster swap, which will show whatever kilometers were on the car the gauge cluster came from. Or the previous owner drove around with a faulty speed sensor for a very long time (or unplugged the speed sensor on purpose).
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