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1998 328i Clock/Date Stopped Working

The Clock/Date light on my 1998 328i has gone dark. When I called the dealer, they said I had to replace the whole computer for $1,400. It's hard to justify the funds for a car that old, although the car itself is in mint condition with 70,000 miles.

Is it possible to buy used computers? Are there car mechanics that can install them outside of the BMW dealerships? Could this be as simple as a fuse problem?

Thanks much

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  • dataman65 Oct 23, 2008

    I have a 1996 BMW 328i and the same thing just happened. How easy is it to replace the backlight bulb? I've replaced the backlight bulb on my laptop before with easy. Where might I find the bulb?

  • atrotochaud Apr 25, 2009

    I have the same problem, the display is working because I can see the clock in bright light but nothing from behind it. Where would I find info on how to replace the bulb(s) behind the display?

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    96 328i clock light dim can see in bright light like sun but no all the time how do u fix

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HI,

Please take a good look at the display, it may work.
Often there's only yhe backlight of the display which doesn't work.
You only have to replace some small lamps behind the display module.

Kind regards,
Gerard

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  • Gerard Oct 31, 2008

    Hi,



    It's much easier than replacing the backlight of a laptop.



    Cheers,

    Gerard

  • dwh126 Mar 28, 2011

    I know your post is 2 years old but how do I change the small lamp behind the clock display and where do I get this bulb (part number??)
    Thanks,
    Donna Harris
    301-776-7144
    dwh126@comcast.net

  • Gerard Mar 28, 2011

    Hi Donna,

    Not easy to explain, but found it also on the net.
    http://sites.google.com/site/bimmerfix/e...

    A very good discription how to handle.



    Regards Gerard

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