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Old 11-22-2008, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Help-Business radio missing pixle

Some of the cluster pixles on my 2003 530 iA is missing makng is impossible to read the screen. Does anybody know if it can be fixed without installing a new radio?

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Here you go, have done mine and its still fine after 18 months:

7 series are the same as the 5 series.

PIXEL FIX DIY write up, about a 2 hour job and some patience (Long pic warning)

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Thanks Marti 5 for response. My instrument cluster was actually replaced by BMW couple of years ago. This time is my radio display. Any thought on how you fix that?

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Hi,You have to replace the unit, the good news is the display you are seeing is not the radio and the part is not as expensive as you may possible think( costs are all relative).

I would stick with the dealer, there software is being constantly updated. I would guess that they are about 150 to 250. To remove the face plate (MID) pull the volume knob straight off. At the bottom of the cavity is an opening with an allen screw head in it. Take a 2.5mm allen and turn it 90 degrees and with a credit card or small screw driver and lever it out. Call your dealer or parts source first to give them the part number as there many button options and they may not have it or have to order it. If they ask if you want it pre coded say YES!!

Hope this helps, and I,m thinking of the right unit.
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Thanks Marti5. I was hoping to be able to repair it myself (the engineer in me) but i geuss will snap a part and contribute the old part to land fill.

I picked this car (2003 530iA) with 88k miles for $9000. Everything work great except the radio pixel( at least what I thought) I just noticed the oil leak at the boots on rack and pinion. At first thought it is the resrvior tubes but now I am sure is the rack's seals and the reservior tube. What is your opinion of after market racks for this model?
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Well, I would get the rack rebuild kit from the dealer and DIY, or you could find one at a breakers, aftermarket are fine , but dont last aslong as BMW oem.
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