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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Fri, Aug-07-2009, 09:23:52 AM   #1
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Default E36 M3 "pppppp" odometer reading

I'm looking into a car that has had this problem. The odometer apparently had a reading error and said "pppppppp" where the milage should have been. Does anyone know about this? Should I stay away from getting this car?
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I'm looking into a car that has had this problem. The odometer apparently had a reading error and said "pppppppp" where the milage should have been. Does anyone know about this? Should I stay away from getting this car?
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ppppp-problems!
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It means the previous owner won.
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Run the VIN to get the real story.
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Car has a new instrument cluster, needs to be coded.
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That indicates a failing/failed cluster more than a cluster that needs to be coded - an uncoded cluster will display "CODE", not PPPPPP. Check all the connections on the back of the cluster, check the fuses, and if all fails, the cluster will need replacement.

Stay away from the car. You don't want to be dealing with odometer issues like this.
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like jeffy said......dead cluster
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like jeffy said......dead cluster
Oh, also, if the car is a '96+ then BMW can just swap the coding plug from the dead cluster into the new cluster and the mileage data and the vehicle VIN and SI (service interval) data will be transferred over.

If it's a '95, you're out of luck and you will have a mileage reading stamped into the sheet metal in the driver's door jamb and CARFAX reports with inconsistent odometer readings.

Either way, it's a pain in the ass - stay away. There are plenty of cars out there.
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Do you know of any E36 M3s that are 7,000 and under?
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