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      01-09-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Wink General Question on the ///M3 Odometer / Speedometer

I have a rant regarding our nice ///M car

I don't know why BMW ships the ///M car to e US with both Miles and Kilometres on the Odometer / Speedometer. (see photo below of the US model)

When it comes to cars delivered to Canada we only get the Kilometres on the Odometer / Speedometer.

What do you think the reason is ...

A) The Canadian Government has a law as to KM only?

B) The folks at BMW think we Canadians are good in mathematics and can figure it out?

C) The folks at BMW think we Canadians never travel south of our border for we love the snow so much?

D) The folks at BMW know that Americans like to visit Canada and enjoy our open spaces?

E) The folks at BMW simply forgot that we Canadians also love to travel south?

F) The folks at BMW don't know or have not been told that Canada has changed to Metric years ago?

What do you know or have heard what the reason is for this oversight?

Up to this point I've quickly converted the number when traveling in the US in my ///M3 ... So that I can concentrate more on the traffic in future I shall take this handy Odometer / Speedometer printout along
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      01-09-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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I'll tell you what the problem is...you canucks need to drop the metric and come over to the imperial side.





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Good question. It is likely due to the fact that most countries, including mother Deutschland, us Km, so they give it as an extra to the minority to countries that us MPH, figuring the countries in the majority don't need it.
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      01-09-2013, 08:42 PM   #4
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does it depend on if you storm troop your M3?
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      01-09-2013, 08:49 PM   #5
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does it depend on if you storm troop your M3?
Don't know what you mean, however, love your new signature quote

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I'll tell you what the problem is...you canucks need to drop the metric and come over to the imperial side.

Actually /// Until the 1970s, Canada traditionally used the imperial system of measurement units, labelled as "Canadian units of measurements" under Schedule II, Section 4 of the Weights and Measures Act.

Perhaps you did not know this

BTW. There is a way to make your pictures smaller, if you need help just ask this old German / Canucks
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I think mdosu is partially correct. Most countries have already converted to metric, but the US hasn't converted yet.

The US, however, has committed to convert in a loosely open time frame. That's why in the US all containers/packages have to have the metric measurement in addition to the local imperial measures - check and you will find. The same happens to the speedometer in all cars in the US.

I assume all cars in the US have both, but I have been driving only BMWs since 2007, so can't confirm, but I am sure many forum members can.

Converted countries don't need anything other than metric. I wonder what does it look like in the UK.

Royale with cheese anyone?
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Good question. It is likely due to the fact that most countries, including mother Deutschland, us Km, so they give it as an extra to the minority to countries that us MPH, figuring the countries in the majority don't need it.
^THIS..

TBH I never seem to look at the Km/h on the speedos ..
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I think mdosu is partially correct. Most countries have already converted to metric, but the US hasn't converted yet.

The US, however, has committed to convert in a loosely open time frame. That's why in the US all containers/packages have to have the metric measurement in addition to the local imperial measures - check and you will find. The same happens to the speedometer in all cars in the US.

I assume all cars in the US have both, but I have been driving only BMWs since 2007, so can't confirm, but I am sure many forum members can.

Converted countries don't need anything other than metric. I wonder what does it look like in the UK.

Royale with cheese anyone?
You make very good points ... I do recall in the 70s there have been great debates also that the US would shortly follow to go metric. As we now know it has not happened as far as road signs are concerned ...

I don;t think it will happen anytime soon anyway for it will be quite costly for the US to change all those speed signs. Unless approval is given to paint over the existing ones as was done in Canada in some areas (see photo below)

As for the UK I cannot recall (I was in the UK last fall) have to ask my son in law ... or perhaps a UK member can clarify I think it is still in MPH.
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I think mdosu is partially correct. Most countries have already converted to metric, but the US hasn't converted yet.

The US, however, has committed to convert in a loosely open time frame. That's why in the US all containers/packages have to have the metric measurement in addition to the local imperial measures - check and you will find. The same happens to the speedometer in all cars in the US.

I assume all cars in the US have both, but I have been driving only BMWs since 2007, so can't confirm, but I am sure many forum members can.

Converted countries don't need anything other than metric. I wonder what does it look like in the UK.

Royale with cheese anyone?
there's also a difference between certain Imperial units and US units of measure, mostly volume related.
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Up to this point I've quickly converted the number when traveling in the US in my ///M3 ... So that I can concentrate more on the traffic in future I shall take this handy Odometer / Speedometer printout along

In the i-drive, there's a conversion to all imperial units (US Standard). Then all digital readouts (like the electronic speedo) will read in MPH. But all navigation, temperature readings will all be in US standard units.
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The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrica..._United_States
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The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrica..._United_States
You're obviously not an engineer huh?
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      01-09-2013, 10:59 PM   #13
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I'm thinking the United Kingdom has both...because they're schizophrenic also on the metric/English system: They use miles per hour and miles on the roads...but metric Centigrade for air temperature.

And their cars can be chunnelled *-across to Europe.


We've been hearing about the USA converting to metric for thirty years. Blah blah blah. It'll only happen by Executive Order because the population won't vote for it.



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I'll tell you what the problem is...you canucks need to drop the metric and come over to the imperial side.





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Complexity is beautiful...It's because the speedometer looks cooler with more sht on it. A speedometer with big spaces between the lines/numbers would look stupid and old fashion.

Look at all the extra stuff on wrist watches. If it doesn't have a bunch of stuff you don't need, it doesn't look cool.

There is extra bs you don't need everywhere, especially with cars to make them look cool. Most cars with spoilers are slower and less fuel efficient for it...freakin morons. Thats why I drive this stock M3. It's not made of bs, it's functional and well engineered.

Also, I imagine someone could try and blame bmw for driving too fast in Canada because they were driving 110 mph in a 110 km zone. BMW saved time in court and reduced their liability.
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I'm fine using the digital conversion, and I prefer our analog speedometer sans MPH; makes it less cluttered.
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I am sure it is some sort of a DOT requirement for US to have both.....

Some GM cars only have one reading and you can easily change miles to km's through the options menu and your selection lights up....(rental car discovery). BMW should of thought about that....

When you come down south you can easily change your digital speedometer to miles.
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The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrica..._United_States
LOL

M3RD - I'll trade you gauge clusters, so all your friends think you're cool for having the US piece, and my friends will think I'm "so Euro". What say ye?

P.S. Do you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
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I tend to use the digital speedo more than the analog anyway. It's nice that we have both (digital and analog). Is there a way your digital can display in mph? Can't that be adjusted through iDrive (assuming you have iDrive)?

As an "enginerd," I love the metric system. It make perfect sense and is super easy to use. None of this 12 into 1, or 16 into 1 crap.
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Petition to the White House to change to the Metric system.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...ystem/FndsKXLh
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M3RD - I'll trade you gauge clusters, so all your friends think you're cool for having the US piece, and my friends will think I'm "so Euro". What say ye?

P.S. Do you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
Thanks but no thanks on the cluster ... I'll convert in my head or use the iDrive solution also have an old TomTom that would give me miles ...

that would be ---> Quart de livre avec fromage

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