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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:52 AM
murraye82 murraye82 is offline
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cluster malfunction?????

im completely lost here any replies are appreciated

00 323i 145k miles

put it into a shop for a power steering rack guy had my battery unplugged for like 3 weeks while he had it. when i got the car back my trac control light is on
red handbrake light is on
tacho starts with the car then drops to zero within a few seconds
fuel economy gauge does not work or fuel estimation
temp goes to max on start but not overheating (replaced thermostat and housing already)
i did the obc cluster test and everything worked
replaced rear abs sensors made no difference either
checked fuses 10,34,43 all are ok
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:49 PM
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iskoos iskoos is offline
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I had a similar issue after leaving my car in the garage for about one month. Came back to town and started her up; realized the cluster has a mind of her own. Nothing was working properly. Indicator lights were coming on randomly, speedo wasn't working, tachometer would sometimes work. Same as you said, I had the Red light in the temp gauge!..
I first thought it was caused by a weak battery. Charged the battery and tried it again with no result. I was under the extended warranty at the time and took it to the dealer. They diagnosed it as cluster malfunction and replaced the whole cluster. They charged me over 600 bucks. I only paid the deductible.
I hope your's wouldn't be the same is all I can say.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:32 PM
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Red brake light and DSC light on could mean they banged your wheel speed sensors or pulled the wires loose. The other issues are consistent with either a bad cluster (which you already knew) but I would have the battery tested. Perhaps it has a dead cell or something and isn't putting out enough umph to keep stuff running. Certainly wouldn't be the first time around here a low battery caused issues like that. If you do need a new batt get the Duralast 49-DL from walmart for about $80. It isn't specifically for your car, but works just the same.

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