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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:13 PM
Chrislessur Chrislessur is offline
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Panel lights for auto gear selector

My 1997 2.8 auto has no lights to indicate auto gear selector position at night. Rarely driven at night - and haven't previously noticed. Is selector supposed to have lights? Easy fix?

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Old 09-04-2016, 07:29 PM
Monolith Monolith is offline
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The selector has a single bulb that slides along with the gear selector to indicate the selected gear at night (with lights on). The "A" and "M" also have lights. Since "A" is always selected it typically burns out first. Level of difficulty in changing the bulbs depends on your soldering skills, ability to do tedious work and familiarity with LED installs if you want to go that route.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:21 AM
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My Z3 was that way when I purchased it, and the gear indicator was becoming unglued. Plus the previous owner had melted the plastic trim that moves when you select gears with a cigarette.

I ended up ordering a new one, it has everything you need, lights and all. Put shifter in neutral and squeeze trigger and pull up hard, it pops off.

Pop out the old unit, disconnect the plugs and before you place in the new completely, get it close and then move the shifter with your lights on. The light may not be perfectly aligned with the gear indicator, mine was off to where only half the light would show. There is a little adjustment knob on the back side that lets you move the light up or down to get it aligned where you want it.

part number is 51168397821 for a 2000 z3, might be same for yours
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:01 PM
Chrislessur Chrislessur is offline
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Belated thanks Monolith and Beanerkc
Been travelling - must get out and have look at it - and then decide what to do.
Cheers
Chris
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