I have a BMW 3-series. It does not come with an oil temperature gauge, and this is a never-ending source of irritation for me, since I never know when the car has warmed up. From a cold start it’s easy to judge, but what about when I’m getting back in the car after it’s been sitting for an hour or two? The water temperature gauge, aside from being useless in general (since oil takes much longer to warm up / cool down than water) is essentially just an analog idiot light.
So, I’m thinking about adding an aftermarket set of gauges. I’m wondering about what people think about the…aesthetics of this choice. I really don’t like the “riced-out” / aftermarket look, but there’s not much I can do about it if I want the gauges.
This is the gauge kit I would buy. It seems high-quality enough - it comes with lights that match the factory orange illumination, and the panel is covered in black leather to match the rest of the interior. It mounts in place of the factory “oddments” box (where I keep my sunglasses, now). The installation seems fairly easy, and if nothing else it should be a fun afternoon project. It comes with an oil temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, and voltmeter.
So, what do you think? Does it look too tacky, or should I go for it? Note that my car does not have that horrendous pink interior…