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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-03-2012, 07:50 PM
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Dash dispaly woes...

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I have an '02 530i with a high MID. Suddenly two weeks ago, the back light for the odometer, ext. temp gauge and trip mileage indicator stopped working. All other dash and display lights work. Any ideas, I am stumped!

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Old 10-04-2012, 12:25 PM
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Simple. There are five bulbs in the lower part of the cluster. A couple of them are burned out. They are special twist-lock units. Replace them all while you're at it. Get them from the dealer, or a well-regarded supplier.

You'll need to remove the cluster. Search here for the instructions.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:38 PM
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Click the link below (above the diagram) to get the 11 digit BMW part nbr for item #2...and see the QTY column for the number you need...might as well replace them all if a few have burnt out because they all have been illuminating for the same amount of time...this will prevent having to go back in again if another old bulb burns out.


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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
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99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:57 PM
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Click the link below (above the diagram) to get the 11 digit BMW part nbr for item #2...and see the QTY column for the number you need...might as well replace them all if a few have burnt out because they all have been illuminating for the same amount of time...this will prevent having to go back in again if another old bulb burns out.


Is there a DIY on how to replace these bulbs--I've got a few out myself.

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:58 PM
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Is there a DIY on how to replace these bulbs--I've got a few out myself.

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If there isn't a DIY in the FAQ thread here...try www.e38.org or www.e38.org/e39 (the 5 & 7 share the same cluster set-ups once they've been removed from the dash).

Try a page search on the sites above [Ctrl+F] and type something like "instrument cluster" or "bulbs" which will skip over non-essential links on the page.
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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
(SOLD)
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

http://imageshack.com/scaled/grid240/822/e38e532ndsigpic.jpg
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:32 AM
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I simply typed /cluster F3 in the VERY best of E39 Links which pointed me to this, among others:
- How to remove the E39 instrument cluster (1) (2)
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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