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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 09-23-2009, 11:00 PM
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instrument cluster lights

i tried searching but found nothing. i have a 87 325i and the cluster does not light up at night. i replaced both wedge bulbs with new ones and it still doesn't light up. everything else works on the cluster/ lights up but not the faces/needles. any suggestions?
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:46 AM
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i tried searching but found nothing. i have a 87 325i and the cluster does not light up at night. i replaced both wedge bulbs with new ones and it still doesn't light up. everything else works on the cluster/ lights up but not the faces/needles. any suggestions?
try rotating the knob you pull to turn on the headlights
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:18 AM
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i tried the dimmer switch already. the climate control/dash lights work fine, but the cluster still won't light up. the 2 smaller ones for the check engine light and abs work but not the face illumination
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:27 PM
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i tried the dimmer switch already. the climate control/dash lights work fine, but the cluster still won't light up. the 2 smaller ones for the check engine light and abs work but not the face illumination
bulbs must not be in properly, or if its not that then the curcuitry of the gauge cluster has corroded
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:36 PM
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i would suggest to try a different SI board or get a used cluster.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:45 AM
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yea what i feared with buying an old car... thanks guys the hunt for a new cluster is on.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:40 PM
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have u check the fuses??? i think 18 controls the cluster lights
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:31 AM
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yes i checked all the fuses. i rigged both lights to another power source and they work fine now. thanks guys.
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