Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: instrument cluster

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    290

    Default instrument cluster

    I need to know which year clusters would be compatible with a build date 4/93 525ia? My cousin's cluster is all wacked out ( random blips in the lcd section ) All of her gauges are working fine. Also, is there a coded plug that stores the car's info on these clusters and are they transferrable? Thanks.

    Greg Mendoza

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Beautiful Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Posts
    48

    Default

    How rare are 4/93 525ai clusters Greg? Does the ETK tell you anything? What about just a new LCD unit. Just thinking out loud.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Lincoln, NE
    Posts
    559

    Default

    According to RealOEM, my 4/92 525iTa dashboard is the same part#s as your 4/93 one. Yes, there is a coding plug which transferrs the mileage and I'm not sure what else....

    On mine, I know the LED sections and warning lights work fine, but I never drove the car with it installed, so I can't comment on the rest. Make me an offer if you're interested...I used the cluster from my 535i when I did my conversion, so I don't need this one.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Albany, NY
    Posts
    451

    Default

    There is also a cluster on bf for $50...

    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...&highlight=e34

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    4,148

    Default If you check the chart here, you'll see to check the grounds first if its

    garbled or nonsense and to replace if its missing segments, the lcd display only has display qualitys ,there's no reason to replace the cluster if its only the lcd display thats faulty just get an lcd module, if its not bad grounds. Yes the coding plug stores info on the plug and they aren't really transferable since many other factors are in the coding plug besides the mileage. So you would use your old coding plug if you changed the cluster, which i wouldn't do anyway, i'd just change the lcd module



    Quote Originally Posted by Mendozart
    I need to know which year clusters would be compatible with a build date 4/93 525ia? My cousin's cluster is all wacked out ( random blips in the lcd section ) All of her gauges are working fine. Also, is there a coded plug that stores the car's info on these clusters and are they transferrable? Thanks.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    290

    Default

    Bill R, what ground do I need to check? Is it a ground in the engine bay or one of the plugs to the cluster? As far as replacing the whole cluster, I was just going to use the parts I needed from another cluster. When I was checking on realoem I noticed that the lcd unit was over $1k. OUCH!

    Greg Mendoza

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    156

    Default

    Just happened to me today. The car had been parked for 4 days and the fuel and temp guages were not funtctioning. I simply pulled fuse #1, #17 and #20and wiped them clean and reinstalled them and eueka the fuel and temp guages worked. Great feeling. I was about to rip apart the instrument cluster. Now I can drink beer instead!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    290

    Default

    Well actually it's not the same problem. The gauges all work fine, it's just the message (lcd) that's garbled. I just have to figure out where to check the ground for this problem.

    Greg Mendoza

Similar Threads

  1. Would these fit in the Instrument cluster?
    By Calico_NC in forum 5 Series BMW
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-04-2007, 03:22 PM
  2. instrument cluster is always on
    By vader1 in forum 5 Series BMW
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-21-2005, 02:17 AM
  3. Help - Have the instrument cluster out.....
    By western99 in forum 5 Series BMW
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-22-2004, 10:32 PM
  4. Instrument cluster
    By baileydog in forum 5 Series BMW
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-07-2004, 05:48 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •