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1997 bmw 328i dash lights all lit up at once and after several minutes they faded, and eventually the headlights and dashboard lights dimmed.

I was driving my 1997 328i BMW when the battery light came on, followed by all the lights on my dashboard lighting up. The needles on both the gas and temperature gauges started fluctuate, and then all the lights on the dashboard dimmed, along with my headlights. Could it be a battery and/or alternator issue?

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Alternator. Have it tested with a voltmeter while on the car and running. Or take it off and have it tested. The current to run the car and the accessories is from the alternator when the engine is running. The battery light coming on alerts you that the alternator is not doing its job.

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Your sensor is going bad or you have to change your oil.

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