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      11-15-2019, 02:47 PM   #1
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6WB Digital Instrument Cluster Retrofit G30 2019 BMW 530E

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I'm currently have a 2019 BMW 530E and am interested to see what's necessary to retrofit the all digital 6WB instrument cluster on my car as the ones seen on the 8 series? I have the 6WA cluster and want to upgrade. What parts do I need? And how is the coding going to work? I'm located in SoCal, CA.

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Can someone also provide the part number for the 6WB cluster for the G30 5 Series?
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      11-15-2019, 05:40 PM   #3
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Hello,

I'm currently have a 2019 BMW 530E and am interested to see what's necessary to retrofit the all digital 6WB instrument cluster on my car as the ones seen on the 8 series? I have the 6WA cluster and want to upgrade. What parts do I need? And how is the coding going to work? I'm located in SoCal, CA.
I suspect this is a major undertaking. Good luck.
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I suspect this is a major undertaking. Good luck.
Thank you I would really love to have the full 6WB display cluster.
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      11-15-2019, 11:04 PM   #5
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6WB retrofit isn’t that difficult. The biggest part is making sure you buy a cluster that is either brand new or has been properly cleared, as once it is paired to a car, it is locked unless someone clears it with special tools.

You can find the cluster on eBay by searching for “G30 6WB” for around $1100 for a new one. The only other part you would need is a new trim piece which is part #51459387222.

For install and coding, read my diy here from when I retrofitted it to my G01 X3. Process is pretty much the same for the G30.
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      11-16-2019, 09:23 AM   #6
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I have a 2018 530e with 6WB. It works fine but I would not want the newer version with the reversed gauges. If you are like me, make sure you get the older, more traditional version.

Also...the 6WB display is set up to maximize your opportunity to extend mileage. That is not my reason for buying a phev and I find it annoying that the only way to get a tach is to put it in sport mode. That is fine except I also have the dynamic dampers and in urban driving I like to drive in adaptive mode. My solution is to code the car to use the Alpina blue display. I lose some of my electricity information but I get a tach all the time. So if you have a 530e for mileage economy reasons, don't do what I do but if your reasons are like mine (the environment and the ability to drive in the car pool lane), then also do the Alpina adjustment.
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I have a 2018 530e with 6WB. It works fine but I would not want the newer version with the reversed gauges. If you are like me, make sure you get the older, more traditional version.

Also...the 6WB display is set up to maximize your opportunity to extend mileage. That is not my reason for buying a phev and I find it annoying that the only way to get a tach is to put it in sport mode. That is fine except I also have the dynamic dampers and in urban driving I like to drive in adaptive mode. My solution is to code the car to use the Alpina blue display. I lose some of my electricity information but I get a tach all the time. So if you have a 530e for mileage economy reasons, don't do what I do but if your reasons are like mine (the environment and the ability to drive in the car pool lane), then also do the Alpina adjustment.
Interesting that it doesn't show a tach on the 6WB. The 2019 530e I test-drove only had the 6WA cluster, and it showed what I assumed was the 530e's equivalent of a tach but with the numbers in % points, and had blue "boxes" showing how far I could press the accelerator before the ICE kicked on based on how much battery it had. I am about to order a 2020 530e so it will come with the Live Cockpit Pro with the reversed gauges, which I'm sure it will take some getting used to.
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Interesting that it doesn't show a tach on the 6WB. The 2019 530e I test-drove only had the 6WA cluster, and it showed what I assumed was the 530e's equivalent of a tach but with the numbers in % points, and had blue "boxes" showing how far I could press the accelerator before the ICE kicked on based on how much battery it had. I am about to order a 2020 530e so it will come with the Live Cockpit Pro with the reversed gauges, which I'm sure it will take some getting used to.
That gauge is the one I am replacing with a tach via the Alpina display. I do lose the battery percentage gauge doing that but it still shows miles remaining. I don't personally need the rest of the phev stuff such as how intensively it is recharging when I brake.

My driving style is to do mostly all electric driving on local roads where I can't exercise the car and then drive more energetically on regular mode on higher speed and country roads. I never hypermile and I have never driven in Eco Pro either.

I work mostly from home (although my office, when I bother going in, is 20 miles away) and have a 240 volt charger in my garage so I can plug in during the day. For this combination, the 530e works nicely for me.
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So, if I swap my 6WA cluster with a 6WB on 530E I won't get the SPORT mode Tach RPM counter?

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That gauge is the one I am replacing with a tach via the Alpina display. I do lose the battery percentage gauge doing that but it still shows miles remaining. I don't personally need the rest of the phev stuff such as how intensively it is recharging when I brake.

My driving style is to do mostly all electric driving on local roads where I can't exercise the car and then drive more energetically on regular mode on higher speed and country roads. I never hypermile and I have never driven in Eco Pro either.

I work mostly from home (although my office, when I bother going in, is 20 miles away) and have a 240 volt charger in my garage so I can plug in during the day. For this combination, the 530e works nicely for me.
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Interesting that it doesn't show a tach on the 6WB. The 2019 530e I test-drove only had the 6WA cluster, and it showed what I assumed was the 530e's equivalent of a tach but with the numbers in % points, and had blue "boxes" showing how far I could press the accelerator before the ICE kicked on based on how much battery it had. I am about to order a 2020 530e so it will come with the Live Cockpit Pro with the reversed gauges, which I'm sure it will take some getting used to.
You do get a tach on the MY2020 530e when in sport mode. This makes sense to me as a tach doesn't make a lot of sense when in eDrive mode and when in sport the ICE engine is always on so you have a much more sensible tach. Especially if you're using it for shifting or similar. I'd imagine in eDrive the engine RPMs can be a bit chaotic (like if it is turned on at 80MPH or something).
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You do get a tach on the MY2020 530e when in sport mode. This makes sense to me as a tach doesn't make a lot of sense when in eDrive mode and when in sport the ICE engine is always on so you have a much more sensible tach. Especially if you're using it for shifting or similar. I'd imagine in eDrive the engine RPMs can be a bit chaotic (like if it is turned on at 80MPH or something).
Yes..I was not referring to sport mode. I agree that it makes most sense if you are using it to manually shift your car. But even when not in sport mode, I like to see what my ICE is doing.

The great advantage of a digital display is that it can be customized. BMW has limited greatly the ability to customize the display. If I were trying to hypermile my car, then the display that came with my car would be great; but I don't hypermile and have no interest in doing that. It would be nice if BMW gave me the ability to swap out the right side gauge for a tach but it doesn't.
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Ordered my 6WB digital cluster and can't wait to receive it! I just need to find a person to code my car in Los Angeles, CA.

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Yes..I was not referring to sport mode. I agree that it makes most sense if you are using it to manually shift your car. But even when not in sport mode, I like to see what my ICE is doing.

The great advantage of a digital display is that it can be customized. BMW has limited greatly the ability to customize the display. If I were trying to hypermile my car, then the display that came with my car would be great; but I don't hypermile and have no interest in doing that. It would be nice if BMW gave me the ability to swap out the right side gauge for a tach but it doesn't.
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