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Dead pixel failure repairs on BMW dashboard instrument cluster

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Dead pixel failure repairs on BMW dashboard instrument cluster, MID unit and AC unit

BMW 3 series (E36), 5 series (E34, E39, M5), 7 series (E38), 8 series (E31), X5 from 1988-2003 all have the common dead / fading / disappearing pixels on the instrument cluster (also on the board computer) - on the large LCD display that shows valuable data such as the mileage and the on board computer messages. The pixel problem lies with the ribbon cable / flat cable that connects the LCD display to the circuit board of the instrument cluster. The pictures below show the instrument cluster's LCD display before and after the ribbon / falt cable replacement (just an example of several board computer / dashboard instrument cluster types):

BMW LCD dead pixel repairs ribbon cable
bmw ribbon flat cable dead pixel error

before pixel repairs - visible pixel failure

after pixel failure repairs - new ribbon cable applied


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ou will find bond-less silver ribbon cables / flat cables for the following models / units below:

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BMW 7 series E38 / 5 series E39 / X5 E53 instrument cluster speedometer and Multi information display MID (Also called as "On board computer / OBC")
--> BMW 7 series E38 Air Conditioning (A/C) control unit
--> BMW E36 3 series and 8 series E31 MID
--> BMW 5 series E34 instrument cluster

BMW E38 E39 speedometer ribbon cable for pixel failure repairs
BMW E38 E39 multi information display falat cable for pixel repairs
BMW E38 MID ribbon cable for pixel failure repairs
BMW E38 AC unit flat cable for LCD pixel repairs

BMW E38 E39 M5 X5 INSTRUMENT CLUSTER

BMW E39 M5 X5 MID UNIT


BMW E38 MID UNIT


E38 AC / AIR CONDITIONING UNIT


BMW E34 speedometer LCD ribbon cable for pixel failure repairs
BMW E36 MID LCD display silver ribbon cable
BMW E36 MID LCD display silver ribbon cable - 11 buttons
BMW E36 and E31 MID LCD display silver ribbon cable

BMW E34 dashboard speedometer


BMW E36 MID UNIT 8 BUTTONS


BMW E36 MID UNIT 11 BUTTONS

BMW E36 & E31 MID UNIT 18 BUTTONS

BMW E38 E39 M5 X5 INSTRUMENT CLUSTER FLAT / RIBBON CABLE
BMW E38 E39 M5 X5 INSTRUMENT CLUSTER FLAT / RIBBON CABLE
# 254-003

The instrument cluster units in the BMW E38, E39 and X5 models from 1994-2003 are quite similar, (they were all produced by Siemens VDO), using the same LCD and the same ribbon cable at all models. There are minor differences, like diesel or petrol powered ones, and also some speedos come with miles others with km/hrs, however the LCD and the ribbon cable is the same at all 5 series (E39) 7 series (E38) and X5 (E53) models.
€ 27.00
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BMW E38 E39 M5 X5 MID UNIT FLAT / RIBBON CABLE
BMW E38 E39 M5 X5 MID UNIT FLAT / RIBBON CABLE
# 254-001

The OBC unit on the MID console - also known as radio / telephone unit on BMW E39 and X5 models from 1996-2003 are identical, using the same LCD and the same ribbon cable. There are minor differences, like one comes with telephone button, others are witout, however the LCD and the ribbon cable is the same at all 5 series (E39) and X5 (E53) models.

€ 25.00
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E38 AC / AIR CONDITIONING UNIT FLAT / RIBBON CABLE
E38 AC / AIR CONDITIONING UNIT FLAT / RIBBON CABLE
# 254-002

The climate control unit on the MID console on BMW E38 from 1994-2003 have the very common fading or missing pixels, lines, columns.

There are 2 cables included in this price, as there are 2 displays in the unit.
€ 23.00
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BMW E36 MID UNIT RIBBON / FLAT CABLE
BMW E36 MID UNIT RIBBON / FLAT CABLE
# 254-006

BMW 3 series (E36), from1988-1999 all have the common disappearing / fading or completely dead LCD pixels on the board computer display. The problem lies with the ribbon cable that connects the LCD display to the circuit board of the MID. All 3 variants (8 / 11 / 18 buttons) are available.

€ 25.00
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BMW E31 MID UNIT RIBBON / FLAT CABLE
BMW E31 MID UNIT RIBBON / FLAT CABLE
# 254-006

BMW 8 series (E31), from1988-1999 all have the common disappearing/fading pixels on the on board computer LCD. The problem lies with the ribbon cable that connects the LCD display to the circuit board of the MID.

€ 25.00
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BMW E34 dash speedometer display ribbon cable
BMW E34 dash speedometer display ribbon cable
# 254-004

The dashboard instrument cluster in several BMW E34 models came with digital mileage display - both at diesel and petrol powered models.

€ 23.00
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Afterword:

Dead LCD pixels, fading LCD pixel on the instrument cluster are quite bad looking parts of a good car’s interior, so it is understandable that you may want to get it fixed. Replacement of the complete unit is quite expensive, that is why we try to encourage people to get it fixed by a professional on half price, or do the ribbon cable replacement at home on tenth price. As we sell quality flexible ribbon cables, bulbs / lamps only for DIY repair. This very common pixel failure is known on several units, like dashboard instrument cluster (speedometer), MID, and radio units, OBC (on board computer), and SID, and happen to several CAR manufacturers that use Siemens VDO electronics such as BMW 3 5 7 series, Audi A3 A4 A6 A8, VW, Seat, Mercedes C and E class, SAAB & Rover - you will find several different models on our site.We have 3 important remarks to all those who already ordered the spare parts for their cars: --> 1. Read the complete instructions before starting the ribbon cable replacement.--> 2. Technical support is always available - on the phone, or via E-mail – please feel free to ask at any time!--> 3. Always feel free to live with the opportunity mentioned on the last page of the instructions booklet!

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