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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 07-23-2014, 07:47 AM
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dim tv/sat nav screen ..any idea

I've just bought a touring 2.5 TDs car is great but the TV screen which shows all the engine info ..mpg /av.speed. and what not. Is very dim.. at night you can read it just fine but during the day ...no chance :-) .. any ideas guy ? Oh by the way great site ..looking forward to getting to know some of you guys a bit better and maybe doing a couple of meet ups . I'm Pete by the way
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:59 AM
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Pete, you can adjust the brightness and auto dim feature in a menu on the nav unit.

Set ignition to pos. II
go to "settings"
push the MENU button for at least 20 seconds


give this a try. if it doesnt work for you, try covering the dimmer sensor on the bottom right of the unit. if it doesnt dim the unit, it may need cleaning or is defective

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Old 07-23-2014, 08:23 AM
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Great answer .. il give it a try. Thank you .. also temp sensor is showing -40 so I'm guessing the outside temp sensor wants replacing ? Quick and easy job if that's the issue .. again thanks
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:42 AM
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the ambient temp sensor is pretty easy to replace. it is in the front bumper attached to the lower fender liner on the right side (as if you are sitting in the seat) and can be purchased new from amazon, ebay or the dealer.
to find out everything about your car, go to http://www.realoem.com and you can see exact piece by piece drawings of the cars components.
very handy tool.
Also, to decode your VIN, you can go here:
http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html
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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GT- Traded in to get GTP. Electrical Hell.
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