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Thread: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

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    1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    Looking at a '99 Eldo that came out of Canada.

    If I could find a clean dash module with U.S. markings, what else is required to make it 'work' accurately?

    It would also affect the temp readings on the heater/cooling panel on dash, outside temp gauge, etc.

    Any help, or is it near impossible?

    (for some reason, I'm not able to search for the top, in case this topic has been covered previously or often.)

    Thanks,


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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    One of the IPC features is to switch it between Metric and Imperial.
    So unless you specifically want to see a IPC with speed limit of 150 MPH rather than 250 MPH (read as MPH or as KPH) you don't need to change the IPC. I mean when we get them in Canada we don't change the IPC although in our case the max speed is 150 KPH (like I said you read it as MPH or KPH, there is a little light telling you what is the current measuring unit). Then is just a matter of selecting the market county in the IPC overrides, for Canada is 1, US is 0. Is all done while in the vehicle diagnose mode, no need of any scanner tool and such.
    Then if you really want to see 150 max speed not 250 on the IPC then you can always just replace the front PCB (the one with the gages) on the IPC, no need to program anything, is just a matter of ~6 screws and 1 banner cable.
    So if all you need is to see MPH instead of KPH you need nothing but 2 selections on the IPC one to change the display from metric to imperial (using the INFO and RESET buttons) and then one to change the country market place from 1 to 0 in IPC overrides (using the diagnose mode).
    That is no cost to you and can be done in a matter of 30 seconds by pressing buttons.
    If you really want to see 150 top speed rather than 250 then it will cost you whatever is the price of a used IPC ('96 to '02 Eldorado, '96-'97 Seville, '96-'99 Deville) and about 30 minutes of your time to remove the IPC and swap the front plate. There is no programming require (mileage and such) as the mileage, VIN, SDM and VAT information is stored in the rear IPC board (the IPC motherboard), the front PCB is just an accessory to the motherboard, miles or km boards are 100% compatible (just plug and play).

    Most of the people donít bother swapping the front IPC board, and who ever does may not be aware you can preserve the IPC motherboard and just swap the front one with the gages on. If you do swap the whole IPC then you are in for expenses to program the replacement IPC to match the original one (RPO settings, Mileage, SDM registry), most likely you will have a new VAT that requires new ignition keys, and the IPC programming cost ~$85, plus you need to do the start enable password relearn procedure (10 minutes using a TechII or 30 min w/o one). Also if you do replace the whole IPC (for some reason) then your choice is í98 and up vehicles (from the list I provided before). If the donor vehicle for the IPC is Eldorado the SDM registry need no change.

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    My Eldo is canadian. No need to switch out the IPC

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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by vincentm View Post
    My Eldo is canadian. No need to switch out the IPC
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    My Eldo is canadian.
    No need to switch out the IPC

    OH - did you learn to speak/read Canadian?

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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
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    My Eldo is canadian.
    No need to switch out the IPC

    OH - did you learn to speak/read Canadian?

    When's she's pissed at me, she yells at me in canadian

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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    Canadian eh?

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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    USA and UK are the only countries in the entire world that still use imperial, every other country is metric.


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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    If you have a Canadian car it will automatically steer itself to the nearest Tim Hortons, which could me many miles away (they have some locations in the USA.) Or "princess auto" if I used to own it....

    N*Caddy is right. Other than the annoying "exp" messages there's really no sense in conversion work.

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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by 04GrandAmGT View Post
    USA and UK are the only countries in the entire world that still use imperial, every other country is metric.
    The display option button (Sevilles 1998+ and Devilles 2000+) reads ENG/MET.

    Doesn't Imperial infer a unit of volume such as gallon or quart or fillintheblank?

    Are football fields in Canada (CFL) marked in meters? Or yards?

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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    Our football fields are still in traditional Yards, from young on in math classes we were taught both metric and imp.


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    Re: 1999 Eldorado: Converting from Canadian to U.S.

    To be honest I have the car set for imperial, all my measuring devices (temperature, distance...) are set for imperial. I just like it better eh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N*Caddy View Post
    Canadian eh?
    Yea, in the form of pootine flying out the heater vents....


    Hmmm pootine. Good stuff. Heart attack in a plate but so good.


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