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Old 07-26-2012, 08:36 AM
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Search for "dead pixel" The problem is bad contacts between the signal ribbon and the display. You have 3 options:

1. You can try BMWNA for a "Good Will" repair. If you're a regular customer to your local BMW $tealers, they might offer 100% part and you cover the labor of the installation. In my case, they only offer 50% since I have never bring my BMWs to the $tealer for service before. It came out to about $600 with labor. So I went with option 3.

2. There are companies/individuals such as VODO Repair, germanautotech ... offer the repair service

3. Bought the ribbon and replace it yourself if you're handy. It's a meticulous work that also require drilling holes in the cluster under the gauge. There are DIYs on the web.


2000 Dinan S1 //M5 (my DD), 06 DINAN E53 4.8iS (wife's DD), 90 Straman Z32TT (my pride & joy ride)
Gone, but not forgotten: 01 E53 3.0i, 01 525i Sport, 03 DINAN 540i MSport, 01 //M5 and 91 Z32TT

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