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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-22-2004, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my first 1989 BMW 325i and it has issues with the VDO cluster. First off the tach and econometer don't work, I checked the fuses, and found 30 amps where only 10 amps should be. “Things that make you go hmmmm.” To save me a lot of unnecessary drama of trying to figure this out, maybe some one else had this problem I do. I'm missing something or am I right in thinking the tach and mpg gage are shot, or is it deeper.

Also the service light and the yellow and red lights were on. I tried to reset the service light and it didn't work, I then replaced the 2 short 3V batteries on the inspection light board. $17.00 and 1 hour later the yellow and red leds are out but inspection light stays on and will not go out by the normal clearing method. Did I miss something?

I'm thinking that I may very well have to get another instrument cluster because the odometer gears are busted. If the cost to fix it is unreasonable, does anyone have one that works for a reasonable price?
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Maybe there's a broken connection where the instrument plugs in. Or a sensor or something may be out.
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change the batteries in the instrument cluster,you can pickup rechargable at radio shack with the solder tabs, i mounted mine remotely so i would not have to go back into the instrument cluster to change them later,its not a bad job mabey an hour or so good luck
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Uh, I did that.... I found the problem. Thanks anyway.
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