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#1 (permalink) Old 10-20-2003, 08:29 AM
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A light has gone in one of the warning lights on the instrument panel. I want to change this lamp but the intrument cluster seems to be very difficult to remove. It seems you have to remove the damn steering wheel just to remove the instrument panel. Do anyone have any ideas to remove the cluster without removing the steering wheel.

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I finally succeeded removing the instrument panel. I began to remove the two upper screws. Then the instrument planel was stuck because it had glued itself on the dash board. To counter attack this problem you press on the sides of the panel cavity to make the softish dash board go away from the instrument planel a bit. This way to lean up the instrument panel so that it can slide. You can also remove the left lower panel of the side of the steering wheel and you reach the lower left on the instrument panel and push out. Pull the upper half down a bit and then pull the instrument panel out.

To change lights you don't really need to remove the cables. You can manage to change the lights from behind. If you do this, put a towel between the the instrument panel and the steering collumn so you don't scratch the bezel of the instrument panel.

Then to put it back together again you push it back again slighly tilted towards you (the top tiltled towards youslelf). A bit of a warning here, the instrument panel sides might scratch the sides of the dash board panel. Put some good thin slippery tape (brown card box tape what I used) on the sides of the instrument panel and it will protect the dash board from some sharp edges and it slides better as well.

Write this jst in case anybody sees it and hope it helps.

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You really driving 518g? G for gas (propane-butane). Can you tell me more about this car? I am interested in performance. It must be very very poor. Am I right?

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That's right the performance is poor as the engine drops to 100 bhp when running on gas (which is methane, not propane). However, the fuel consumption is very good and it is as cheap as driving around in a Fiat Puno. The engine tear is also less as it is running on gas. You get less particles with gas that grinds the engine. In general I'm satisfied with the car, especially with the all rising oil prices. Unfortunately BMW stopped making CNG cars and when on the fuel cell bandwagon instead.

If you're going to buy a new CNG car then you should look more into the Volvo V70 or S80. Mercedes also recently came out with their E200 NGT. These cars have much better performance, equal to petrol cars. The E200 is 160 bhp and only consumes about 6kg/100km which is very good.

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what is ur mpg or whatever how its judged, i dint know they had a methane car like that

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My fuel consumption is 0.7 Nm3 / 10km. Which can be cryptic for those who are unfamilliar. Nm3 is a volume of one cubic meter at a temperature of 20C and standard atmospheric pressure (101.3 kPa). This is of course all pressured to 200 bar in the tank. The tank is usually around 20 litres so you get about 16 - 20 Nm3 in the tank. One Nm3 can roughly be translated to 1 litre of petrol. In Sweden they use Nm3, in Germany they use kg. I personally think the kg unit is a little bit better as long there is not too much CO2 in the gas. CO2 is much heavier than methane that's why it can be deceptive. Right now the price for 100km with my car in Sweden is about 6€. In Germany you can drive around for half of that price, about 3€.

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