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'03 BMW 530I Radio

Radio display has a couple of blank lines running horizontal through the LCD display which makes it hard to figure out what the station number is. I just bought the car and the radio works fine,,,just difficult to see the number. thx, Stan

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I think replacement of the face unit is needed. the LED's that illuminate my have been pixelated through sun exposure. Replacement necessary.

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