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#1 (permalink) Old 05-12-2004, 11:52 AM
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Hey,

When I turn my parking lights and headlights on my guages seem like they light up unevenly. Some areas are darker than the surrounding and there is no real pattern to it. I don't know how to describe it, but for lack of better words, it's like a slight camoflage type pattern over all the guages. It's not noticable unless you look, but it doesn't seem normal? Anyone else have this problem? Also, will the CPO warranty cover something like this? Thanks.

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Maybe an death bulb in the gauge cluster?

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One of your lights have gone out. I had the same thing happen a couple of days ago, and hope to take it all apart very soon.

Kinda sucks to have to take it apart, but it means i get to perform another upgrade. Any time i fix something, I always try to upgrade. I am thinking of either ///M guages, ACS guages, or white/black guages. Any opinions?

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DO you have a pick of the ///M guages? That would be interesting. Was the color on your guages uneven all over the place, kind of blotchy? It sucks. I haven't found any classy looking guages. I'd like to see those ///Ms...

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I have seen one pair of guages I truely liked for the e36. The site went down a few days after I found them.

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I have that problem also I think it is just a bad bulb.

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The only ones I like that aren't too ricey are these reverse glow ones. The face is grey during the day, then at night they light up red like stock gauges. Can't remember where i saw them, probably ebay.

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those are alright, but I prefer a darker background.

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I can't stand the multi color glow ones, that like light up the whole car with that color ghead

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Yeah, that's what I don't want. I agree with El Prez, darker backgrounds look better in my dash. WHITE=RICE. I see different light disperion all over the place in my guages, is it more than one bulb then?

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I'm not into all that crazy stuff. Back when I was car shopping, I came across an individual who had installed ///M coupe gauges in his e36.

Thought that would be easy to find, apparently not.

Maybe something like this would work...
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Is that a 318 cluster? The maximum speed is 250 km/h and the red rpm line is already by 6000...!

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Those guages are bad ass. Do you have a link for the place to purchase those? Please say yes.

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Actually, those guages are out of an e46 3 series. I thought I might be able to retrofit the MPG aspect of the e36, but uppon further inspection today, I don't think so.

Regardless, I deffinately want to freshen up the interior (no rice) while I'm replacing the burnt gauge light, maybe just a factory replacement in alluminum with the alluminum rings pictured in my earlier post. And a custom ///M logo to add a personal touch to my fake ///M car. :lol:

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: At least your honest. How much are the aluminum rings you speak of? It's a classy touch.

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