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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 11-08-2012, 05:28 AM
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Unhappy Dashboard Display Pixels

I was wondering if anyone can help me with this issue. My 2001 540i dashboard display pixels are burned out or going bad. How can I get this fix?
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:21 AM
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You have 3 option
1. Get in touch with BMWNA, they might offer you a "Good Wil" service for it. Depend on your
relationship with the dealer.
2. Buy the cabble/ribbon and attempt the repair yourself. Very tidious work but I did it.
3. Paid to have it done.

And next time

The topic had been covered many many times.

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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Old 11-08-2012, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by tmvE39/E53/Z32 View Post
The topic had been covered many many times.

Just type /pixel F3 in the bestlinks and you'll find this, among others:

- What are 'all' options when your instrument cluster or MID pixels slowly die due to a press-fit pink electrical-connection tape lifting off its contacts over time (1) & how to remove the E39 instrument cluster (1) (2) & a summary of the BMW NA cluster-repair goodwill policy (1) & how to fix the MID pixels yourself (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & how to remove the MID (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & how to test the MID (1) & how to read the mileage from the key if you can't read the cluster display (1)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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