Yep! Come on over and we can help you out. Sounds like the cluster pixels are burned out and the seat switch connector is broken. Neither are too big to fix.
1997 528i/5M, Aspen Silver over Black
1997 528i/5M, Aubergine over Sand Beige
Gone, but not forgotten: 1997 BMW 528i/5M, Aubergine over Sand Beige