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Hi fellow San Diegan Ganesh,
I now live in Chile. When I came down here to live I brought with me a 2001 330ci that I had recently bought without realizing the Instrument Cluster had been changed. As you figured out already VINs don't match. I don't even know if the LM has the correct VIN or if it was also replaced. I read a thread where you seem to be the most knowledgable guy when it comes to this type of issue. You mentioned that VINs in the cluster (IKE) can be changed but I couldn't find anywhere on how to do it or which tools would be needed. Local BMW dealer (only one in Chile) tells me they do not have the equipment to make such a change. I hope you have the time and interest in helping me with this and are willing to exchange some posts with me.
Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.
Can you reprogram a cluster for me? I am importing a 97 528i from Canada to the US. I have a used US cluster but it doesn't work properly and needs to be reprogrammed. Pls let me know.
Chuck (Getriebe Guy)