Fair point. Don't have personal experience so took it at face value from reading through this thread. That's good then.All my manual e46s have had to be turned the whole way off and back on again to restart. VWs are the same way. It's just the German way of doing things, not a side effect of way you are handling the swap.
Wow, I just checked RealOEM…. I would have expected this to be available from BMW, but no. The cluster apparently is only available as a complete unit. I had a Nissan I added cruise control to and needed to replace a couple of these “lenses” (Nissan’s term” and they were readily available and cheap. In fact, every component of the cluster was available.Marking the bolts with just a regular paint marker. Picked up the trick from the dude that built our Subaru rally engine. You reckon the paint might cause some issues?
Ended up getting a replacement viton O-ring for the oil pump pressure regulator.
On that topic, would anyone from the more abundant localities have a spare manual cluster laying around, or are heading to the junk yard sometime soon? Small detail but I'd really like one of those cluster backing plates that blanks out the automatic display. Don't rate my chances of ever finding one locally at all highly. Should be easy enough to chuck in the mail in just a regular envelope. Would pay for it of course. Please let me know if someone would be up for it, would be greatly appreciated.
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No mate not yet. Regular mail from the US tends to take forever though so hopefully it's still in transit and didn't end up lost somewhere. I did receive the one @yjsaabman sent me so I might end up with two once that arrives but have a mate that recently converted his SMG Clubsport to manual that I reckon will definitely be keen, so both will go to good use. Much appreciated!Nice progress!! Did you ever get the cluster delete strip I sent you?