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Old 09-03-2013, 05:56 AM
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Talking 01 X5 dashboard lights not working, help

Forumites, please advise me on what to do as my 2001 x5 dash board lights are almost dead. I could not read the odometer reading or check signs on dashboard. Urgent help.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:30 AM
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PIXELS. That is the search word for this very common issue with all BMW instrument clusters on the 3/5/7/X/Z models from the mid 90s-up until the new generations when iDrive takes over.

There are DIYs discussed on all BMW forums (look in the FAQ threads etc)...or you can google "BMW pixels" (and get millions of results)...or you can look on eBay...or you can send your cluster to some of the vendors that repair them...or you can call BMW NA for a goodwill replacement cluster where an agreement of partial payment by you and partial goodwill from them may get you a replacement cluster.

Again, this is a much discussed topic that crosses the e36/e38/e39/e46/e53.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:57 PM
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QSILVER7 for x5 speedometer lcd panel dying lights

QSILVER7, I thank you very much for your assistance. I had removed the instrument cluster. I will work through the instructions. I am trying to see if the bulbs are ok and if not change them first before further work. I will keep you posted. Thanks again.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:09 PM
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Good luck. Yes, there are 5 incandescent bulbs that illuminate certain areas of the cluster...then there's the LED pixels that fail. If you do OBC TEST 2 you can see how off the pattern is where pixels have failed in the 20 alpha/numeric display and maybe the odometer area. When you do TEST 2...all the pixel patterns should be the same...where you see a different pattern, that's where they've failed.

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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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