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Old 10-14-2020, 04:44 PM
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Oh, and dim end of LED display on dash is a simple blown bulb.

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Old 10-14-2020, 05:00 PM
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MID pixels are a $20 fix - not $800 - if you get the DIY ribbon cable (PixelFix etc.)

But the ribbon can be a swine to install - if you aren't good with very fiddly electronic repairs, send the unit out to be repaired - likely only $100 for such a service.
Great to know!

I'm excellent with fiddly electronics, so I will likely tackle this myself. It must be due to failure of the cable, or corrosion of the contacts?

I'll look up "PixelFix" and similar. Thanks.

Searching "BMW E53 MID pixel ribbon" and similar got me good results, including this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i65nCbeAZk

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Oh, and dim end of LED display on dash is a simple blown bulb.

https://ic.carid.com/wp/sylvania/w01331973206osr_1.jpg
Perfect! I hadn't even mentioned it, but you spotted it from the images. Thanks a bunch.

Now I just have to get up the motivation to pull the gauge cluster?

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Old 10-16-2020, 02:27 PM
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New license plate holder | Album

The first thing to tackle on the tall wagon is the crusty license plate holder. The top hardware was rusted solid, and the whole thing had seen better days.
Looking up an OEM replacement had me doing a double-take at the price. Normally BMW OEM parts pricing makes sense (even if not affordable) and I prefer going that route 98% of the time. However over $45 for a simple, common part shared across many chassis codes had me thinking I would repair my current unit with some new hardware, epoxy, etc.

Before doing that, I went off the beaten parts path and looked for deals on Amazon. Surprisingly enough, I found a well-liked aftermarket unit for much cheaper than OEM.
I took a flier on it, and was pleasantly surprised with what came in the mail. I think it is better quality than OEM in many subtle ways. The only thing missing was some additional padding/protection for the paint which I added myself.


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$14.03 | OxGord License Plate Holder for BMW E53 (and others) | LPBM-BMW-S1236 (compare with BMW OEM 51188238061)


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Old 10-19-2020, 09:20 AM
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This worked out extremely well for our wagon, so I'm doing the same for the new hauler.
I'll still add extra protection when needed (a tarp is common for me) but this is the base that stays in the car at all times, ready for the MTBs to get tossed in, or a quick trip to the lumber yard, etc.
It folds out to cover the rear seat backs and the tailgate when needed.


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My fast cars don't get pieces of flair (they already say "I like cars" to the world), but I prefer the pedestrian cars to say the same thing. Sure the sticker is a 5-speed and the car is a 6, but the overall design was the best option. We have the same one on our wagon, in the same spot. No stickers on paint obviously, so it got turned into a magnet and now the virtue signalling can begin.






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