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Old 01-12-2013, 01:55 PM
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I wasn't willing to attempt it myself so I spent the $280 (I'm close to Long Beach, so I dropped it off and picked up a couple of hours later and saved the shipping cost) and had the cluster and the MID done by this guy:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E38-E39-...item5ae67bbc8d

Was done almost a year ago and I've had no problems with it since.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:08 PM
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wow, very good info, thank you for your contribution.

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Old 03-27-2014, 03:54 PM
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I have looked on you tube and there are a couple guy's showing the pixel ribbon replacement and they are attaching it to the circuit boar with scotch tape. he is making it look very easy. Yet He does not show the needles being removed he only shows them being put back on. I know you can damage the stepper motors if you just pull them off. taking the speedo out is easy, taking it apart is not too hard just have to go slow and have two sets of hand ready or zips ties and flat head screw drivers. there is also a you tube vid on removing the needles by holding the needle motor shaft with a pair of small needle nose pliers. has anyone done there own repair. I might look for a junk speedo to practice on. You can buy the pixel ribbons for the speedo for $8 to $40 on ebay. you can have it repaired by sending it out for around $150. someone out there must have attempted this DIY.
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This email no longer works. Any other suggestions for contacts? It's 10 years after this post! :0
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:27 PM
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Due to the ridiculous heat this summer (at least that's what I attribute it to) my pixel repair by German Audio Tech

( http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E38-E39-...item5ae67bbc8d )

failed a month or two ago. But that's why I went with GAT, his repairs have a lifetime warranty and I figgered the cable might fail again. Finally got around to pulling my car apart and shipped it yesterday (USPS Priority Mail and $200 insurance was $12). I was going to run it down to Long Beach and wait like I did back in 2012, but he doesn't do that any more. Just checked USPS and it was delivered this morning. I should have it back tomorrow or Friday (I hope)......

The e-bay link above is to his $149 auction -
this one is the same thing for $129 - Go Figger........

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-INSTRUME...item5ae5ce1070
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Thanks ...

Thanks for the suggestion. He has two service offerings that look exactly the same except for price. I'm going to go for the $99 one. I won't be getting mine as fast up here in Canada.

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