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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 11-30-2014, 02:22 AM
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96 bmw 328i convertible weird o gauge

This gauge works when the car is started, but only shows the upper half of the odometer when the car is running off its battery, this is a car im looking at buying, but havent yet bought so i dont know how it started
It could just be the bulbs out, but im not sure, just wanted to make sure i don't have to replace it without getting the price down in the process

No idea what problem it is but am open to different thoughts on what it could be
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:39 AM
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Has anyone else had problems similar to this happen to there e36 gauge? Im kinda in the dark on what to do
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:59 AM
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My best guess is that a bulb is out. There are 2 small bulbs behind that display to light it up.

Have the owner replace them, only a couple bucks. If that doesn't fix it, you could probably get him to knock a bit off of his asking price because it'll probably need a new(er) cluster
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That's definitely a cluster issue. When one of the bulbs is out there's a gradual darkening toward the portion with the bad bulb, not a hard cut off like shown in the photo.


Bulbs 12 and 13 are the odometer display bulbs and both illuminate the display area. There's no light block that gives a illumination cut off.

I didn't even know I had an odometer display bulb burned out on mine until I pulled the cluster to replace another bulb and just replaced them all since I had it out....
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