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    Hi - hope someone can help.

    I have a 2004 525d se with a bit of a problem

    Firstly on the way to work the outside temperature shows as -40!!! I know it has been cold but..... I drive off and it picks up to about normal then goes to +23! It acts erratic on the way home too!

    Today I use the car again and the LCD between the speedo and rev counter is almost completely lit and can't be turned down. It is so bright that nothing can be read off it. At the same time fuel gauge, speedo, rev counter and mpg on the 2 circular instruments all read zero!

    Any ideas?

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    Have you checked the Instrument Cluster fuse? On the E36 its fuse 22, 26 or 37.

    Also something to check would be the connections on the rear of the Instrument Cluster, although this will require the cluster to be removed.
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    Drove it this morning - display intermittently working, same with the gauges, temp at -37 when it's nearer +3 and the parking sensor shows as having a fault. Local auto electrical specialist reckons it is probably an ECU problem. What do you think?
     
     

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    -40 is the default setting if the outside temp sensor is knackered or if there's a broken wire/bad connection.

    When the dials pack in try this....

    Do a binnacle test, Hold down the mileage reset button with the ignition off, turn the ignition key to position 1, Wait for TEST to appear and then release reset button, watch as the binnacle does a self test.

    Do the gauges go round and back again?
     
     

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    Hi Ronnie

    Just tried what you suggested but no movements in the dials at all. All I got was the following

    01:00
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    B591217

    What does that mean?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonwalsh View Post
    Hi Ronnie

    Just tried what you suggested but no movements in the dials at all. All I got was the following

    01:00
    FGSTNR
    B591217

    What does that mean?
    Either the clocks are knackered or you have a bad connection on the rear of the clocks, remove the cluster(clocks) and check the 2 plugs on the rear
     
     

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    Thanks - I'll try that.

    Do you think they might be right in saying that a new dashboard head might be needed? They are quoting £980 + VAT!!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonwalsh View Post
    Thanks - I'll try that.

    Do you think they might be right in saying that a new dashboard head might be needed? They are quoting £980 + VAT!!
    Every possibility, but at that price I would find another option

    I shall find out the choices on 2nd hand ones for you, IIRC it will need coding(programming) to the car
     
     

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    Thanks - if you could that would be fantastic!

    The dials worked temporarily and are now stuck in place at 30mph, 2000 revs, full tank and lowish mpg so I don't think it is looking very promising.

    Am loathe to spend the kind of money that they are suggesting so if it is possible to get a cheaper option I would appreciate any details you have.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonwalsh View Post
    Thanks - if you could that would be fantastic!

    The dials worked temporarily and are now stuck in place at 30mph, 2000 revs, full tank and lowish mpg so I don't think it is looking very promising.

    Am loathe to spend the kind of money that they are suggesting so if it is possible to get a cheaper option I would appreciate any details you have.
    Should have answer for you Tomorrow evening, got someone on it
     
     

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