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Old 07-01-2016, 07:11 PM
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Gauges not working

I have a 1999 z3, this afternoon, Chime started going off and Gauges all went dead. Signals not working either. Any Ideas?
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:55 PM
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Explain more. You were driving along when this happened and you got home OK?
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:45 PM
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Out side temp was 98 degrees, Pulled in to parking lot at home. Chime started, confused looked all over warning lights, nothing then noticed gauges, temp & fuel
l turned engine off restarted tach. and speedometer and turn signals not working not either. Brought to shop they're going to look at it tomorrow. Just want to make sure if its a fuse or more.

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Old 07-02-2016, 06:55 AM
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... Chime started... noticed gauges, temp & fuel.. tach. and speedometer and turn signals not working not either. Brought to shop they're going to look at it tomorrow. Just want to make sure if its a fuse or more.
The Bentley Manual shows many fuses feed a 1999 instrument cluster: 23, 26, 27, 31 and 46.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:40 AM
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Thank you, Kind Sir!!! I'll let you know...........#23 Thanks so much! Just saved me some $$$$$$ One more question my dome light does not go off when in middle position, is it supposed to dim after door closes?

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Old 07-02-2016, 05:31 PM
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Yes. Perhaps the door striker switch is not telling the dome light that the door is closed.
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...hlight=striker

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Old 07-03-2016, 10:53 AM
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Dome light

I really appreciate your help! It's crazy I basically looked at striker and it started working!! I did run my finger over it, maybe it had build up? Also tried passenger door first as well, it worked. Would like to get the Bentley book, Pricey$$. Yesterday my friend closed passenger door and door handle snapped right off in her hand! All the plastic is so brittle! Thanks again and have Great Independence Day!!!!!
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:08 AM
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... Yesterday my friend closed passenger door and door handle snapped right off in her hand! All the plastic is so brittle! ...
Here are notes about removing the door panel.
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...5#post27426485
And notes on replacing the door pull handle.
http://bmwz3diys.weebly.com/door-pul...4-m50-m52.html
http://s49.photobucket.com/user/vint...?sort=4&page=1
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:17 PM
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Brittle plastic parts

I would just love to find a Z3 at a pick a part yard in my area. I've called around no to be found. So much to replace.
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Old 07-04-2016, 04:46 AM
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How many miles and what motor does your 1999 have?
What needs replacing besides the door pull handle that broke?
If you could find that handle in a pick a part yard, you would have to break off its plastic post to remove it from the panel.
That post is is one of the handle's three attachment points, with it's plastic tip melted and flared out behind the panel.
The photo shows a new handle with intact, unflared plastic post.
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