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Old 08-22-2005, 06:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I really hope someone can help because so far I have not found a solution to this problem.

I have just bought an E36 (328i Automatic Touring) and it truly is a wonderful car. Unfortunately, there is a problem with the driver display (mileage display, Speedo, Rev counter and warning lights) in that they will suddenly flash and 'freak-out' and then go off / Speedo and rev needles freeze or drop to zero and will stay like this for seconds or a few minutes before returning to normal.

This does no seem to affect the car whilst driving but I have no idea if it has an impact on any of the safety features (i.e. Air Bag etc). As I have bought this as a family car (new baby) it is a bit concerning and I am hoping that the real BMW experts (i.e. you guys) will have heard of this before and will know how to solve the problem.

So far, the garage I use have said that it is caused by kinetic energy build up which triggered a sensor on the front right hand wheel. As a result they replaced the a warn wheel bearing (noticed upon checking) and added an additional negative earth to the top of the shock - suffice to say this has not worked.

Thanks for any advice or thoughts on how to correct this problem.................

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Your cluster may have a loose connection or a bad ground. I've given you links below that cover any number of cluster problems and how to remove your cluster to check.

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This is fantastic. Many thanks for the advice and quick reply. Hopefully this will solve the problem, I'll keep you posted!
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