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I own a 2002 BMW 3.0 Z3. As I prepared the car for Spring, the following appeared in the digital odometer space, "EEP_1". I called the dealership and they were unable to tell me. Any idea as to what this means?? My guess is that it has something to do with the environmental system.

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This is actually a common problem with Z3's. It has nothing to do with the emissions systems, it is a fault with the instrument cluster, sometimes causing one or more gauges to stop functioning. It very rarely sets off any diagnostic codes, and many dealers don't even know how to address it, usually just replacing the entire cluster. Call around to a couple of your local BMW dealerships (don't even bother calling local repair shops) and speak to the service manager. Ask if he is familiar with the problem. Hope this gets you on the right track. Good luck.

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