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Dash Probs I have a P reg 318is coupe and my petrol gauge doesn't work either. Every now and again, all dials on dash except speedo cut off then come back on again? This doesn't affect anything else.

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Agree with whooly17 sender unit in the fuel tank- good luck

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If your fuel gauge does not work you have a bad sending unit located in the fuel tank

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