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Replacing lights in instrument stack

Discussion in 'E36/8 Z3 M coupe (1998-2003)' started by kperess, Jul 2, 2010.

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    kperess

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    I have a 2000 M Roadster and three of the lights for the center stack instrument panel (oil temp, etc.) have burned out. A few issues.

    1) Have been asking the dealer to get me replacement lights for about 4 months -- still not in -- are these parts that difficult to secure?

    2) How the heck do you install them? The only access panel I see is on the passenger side of the stack and the panel is quite tiny -- I can't fit my hand into it much less get to all of the lights I would need to remove/replace.

    Anyone have experience with this? Is there an easy way to do this? Any help would be appreciated.

    Ken
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    lcjhnsn

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    I'm not sure about a part number or source for the replacement bulbs.

    But, I've been led to believe the best access is by removing the radio and reaching down through the resultant hole.
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    kperess

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    Got the work done -- OY!

    In order to get to the gauges you need to remove the lower part of the dash -- a 2 hour operation. Once in there you can only replace the bulbs for the three lower gauges as the three upper items are part of a grouped panel -- which means that if a light is out, or if one is not functioning, you have to replace the entire unit (direction of air flow, heat/cool, fan speed).

    So, replacing three $5 bulbs goes for over $200 -- what's wrong with this picture? I firmly believe that the design engneers need to be forced down onto the shop floor to fix problems with their designs -- might lead to easier (and less expensive repairs. Rant over -- still love my roadster :)

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