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Dash and radio lights "missing"

I have a 2003 525i and recently some of the orange pixels or digits in the radio display and the message center in under the speedometer and tach are missing and the leaves the numbers "broken" in both areas , this is the best way I can explain other electrical issues. 95% of the time it is like this now, but once in a while, everything will go back to normal and look like they did when new or not having a problem. It is maybe a sensor or something needs to be reset. I had a battery changed and ever since then it has been a problem.

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  • emad1996 Dec 02, 2008

    I have a 2003 525i some of the orange pixels or digits in the radio display and the message center in the speedometer and tach are missing the numbers in both areas. Do I need to change the radion? or it can be fixed? t is maybe a sensor or something needs to be reset. I had changed the battery and ever since then it has been a problem.

  • Len Dec 06, 2008

    I have a 1998 740iL with the same problem..Had the battery changed and it blew out some of the radio LEDs. I was surprised to see the post saying that sometimes it works perfectly. Maybe its not the LEDs than but one of the logic chips?

    I have read however that if you ever get a JUMP START you need to have the lights on before disconnecting the cables. There is a spike on disconnect that have serious effects on the semiconductors.

  • smgollomp Dec 29, 2008

    I thought this was the result of some fluid (yes, my wife was sipping something in the car when we had an abrupt stop and the fluid landed on the radio display...I thought I dried it all up..maybe not) landing on the raido LED display and shorting out some of the lines of pixels. Could that be the case in your collective instances?

  • cerneruser Dec 29, 2008

    Exact same issue. Columns of vertical lights out on dash display above steering wheel, rows of horizontal lights out on radio display. Have had all kinds of problems requiring 2 new batteries and multiple jump starts. If this is one of those things that only the bmw dealer knows to prevent on jump starting, I'm going to lose it.

  • cerneruser Jan 13, 2009

    I just got off the phone with BMW North America customer service. They are willing to send the part (at no cost) for the odometer/display panel to my local BMW for installation. I'll have to pay the labor (1 to 2 hours estimate). No go on the radio display problem. Their rationale was that the problems with the odometer reading could be considered a safety or integrity issue. The radio - not so much.

  • thys738 Aug 30, 2013

    Yes, exactly the same problem with my 2003 525i, after a jumpstart. So what is the solution?

  • thys738 Aug 30, 2013

    Exact the same issue on my 2003 525i, after a jumpstart. So what is the solution?



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Is there a way a mechanic can find out what's wrong with a 525i BMW if you can't read the OBC display because some of the the pixels are out?

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