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2003 BMW X5 radio display lights

The lights on the radio display of my BMW X5 are starting to go out. Some of them are light and some of them are not. It makes it very hard to read what radio station you are on and how to work the other functions of the radio such as the CD player. Do you know what the problem could be or how to fix this?

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  • fly1787 Nov 19, 2008

    2003 530i...same problem lights are out in certain places making it difficult to read..prob a computer chip..

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    I have the same problem

  • Michael Alexander Dec 31, 2011

    You can buy the light bulbs and install them yourself from here:

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    I discovered that is only one side that is speaking when I turn on my radio on my BMW x5

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    cant get to radio mode on 2005 x5 bmw

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    Setting to fm BMW x5 radio

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    How do you change tone on BMW x5 radio from flat to anything else other than that?

  • dafixa Apr 30, 2017

    There is no factory recall on this. You will have to either send it off to be fixed, or buy a new one. A new one is >650$ and rebuilds take weeks to return. I have one rebuilt with the permanent fix. I replaced it with a nav system. I will sell it for $150. The change out is very easy.


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BMW has a free fix for that! It's a factory recall with the pixels. Check with your dealer.

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There is no recall for this. If the pixels are out on the odometer, they should repair it. Radio- no dice. Any way, the root cause is the cable that attaches to the LED screen is a clamped ribbon cable. The connection points corrode and the lights go out. This is why sometimes your iPhone charger doesn't work and you have to clean the plug. The solution is to remove the radio and send it to an aftermarket company that specializies in this. They will replace the cable connection with soldered joints and the fix will be permanent. BMW started doing this in 2004 so that's why you see this fault on 2003 and older. I have one already repaired with the permanent fix. I replaced it with a Nav vsystem. I will sell for 150$. The replacement is super easy. Remove the left knob. There is a small hole behind this knob. Use a small Allen key and turn 1/4 turn to unlock and pullradiostraight out. To replace just slide radio in until it clicks.

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I just purchase an x5 2003 can bmw fix any recall problems it recall for that year today?

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