Hi, I'm new to this forum. I bought a 1998 535i last year. At the time of purchase I was told the airbag light (that was on) would be fixed by the seller's mechanic "updating the ECU". When I took ownership of the car, the light was turned off so I assumed everything was ok. Turns out that in order to "fix" the problem, the mechanic actually just smashed one of the micro-LED lights in the intstrument cluster unit.
I have now had the fault (relating to seatbelt pre-tensioners) corrected and the car is not showing any faults on the auto-diagnostics, however, I still don't have a working airbag light, which I will need to fix before MOT time.
The rest of the unit is working fine, so I don't really want to replace the complete unit. As I see it, these are my options:-
1. Replace the unit from BMW - will cost £600 (not far off what I paid for the car, so not an option!)
2. Replace the unit with a second hand one
3. Remove LED bulbs from a second hand unit and replace in my current unit (expensive option still for just one bulb!)
4. Buy a new LED bulb
Clearly, my starting point is at point 4. Does anyone know where I can get hold of these, or what their part number is (or even if other manufacturers make them for other cars...I don't care so long as it fits/works!). Or does anyone happen to have one that they could sell me please? I have searched endlessly on the internet but to no avail....but they must exist somewhere...right?
Any answers greatly appreciated.
Loving every minute of my E39 V8...just need to get this last problem fixed!!