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How much does a instrument bulb replacement cost for BMW cars?

A typical BMW instrument bulb replacement in the UK costs around £106 - £190. Depending on your BMW model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a instrument bulb replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling BMW cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a instrument bulb replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Instrument bulb replacement for BMW 3 Series£106 - £167
Instrument bulb replacement for BMW 1 Series£106 - £167
Instrument bulb replacement for BMW 5 Series£121 - £190
Instrument bulb replacement for BMW X1£121 - £190
Instrument bulb replacement for BMW X3£121 - £190
Instrument bulb replacement for BMW X5£106 - £167
Instrument bulb replacement for BMW 4 Series Coupe£121 - £190

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What does an instrument panel bulb do?

A car’s instrument panel bulb is responsible for lighting the instrument panel, or dashboard. This panel is located directly in front of the driver, behind the steering wheel and displays important information about the performance of your car.

What are the symptoms of a broken instrument panel bulb?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your instrument panel bulb:

  • Your car dashboard isn’t lit

  • Dashboard warning lights are flickering or not displaying

  • Your indicator dashboard lights aren't flashing

What happens when we do an instrument panel bulb replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Remove the instrument panel front

  • Check all fuses and bulbs connected to the instrument panel

  • Replace any faulty fuses or bulbs

  • Refit the instrument panel front and test the lights are working

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Hey Fixter, what are the signs of a failing instrument panel bulb?

The common signs that you may need replacement bulbs are if your car dashboard isn’t lit, your dashboard warning lights are flickering or not displaying or your indicator dashboard lights aren't flashing.

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Want to learn more about BMW instrument bulb replacement?

What does an instrument panel bulb do?

A car’s instrument panel, or dashboard, is usually located directly in front of the driver, behind the steering wheel. It displays important information about the performance of your car, such as the speedometer, fuel gauge, warning lights and your indicator lights. The instrument panel is usually backlit so requires a bulb to be fitted behind it.

It is essential that this instrument panel is working properly at all times as it provides important information to the driver about the performance and operation of the car. The bulb must be working properly to ensure the driver can view this information at night.

BMW

BMW AG is a German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer that was established over 100 years ago in March 1916. They also own Mini and Rolls Royce, after taking over the two British marques in 2000 and 1998 respectively.

BMW makes luxury vehicles and is possibly most famous for its sports saloon models. In 2018, BMW had 1.9m vehicles on the roads in the UK, a number that has been steadily increasing each year for the past decade.

As one of the ‘big 3’ German marques, along with Audi and Mercedes, BMW carries a strong reputation for making high-quality stylish vehicles, and have captured a large section of the UK market.

Luxury family and business models for every driver

Probably most popular for the 3 Series and 5 Series saloon models, BMW has got every possible angle covered for the more discerning drivers.

The full range includes everything from the 1 Series city car to the full-size saloons and sports coupes of the 7 and 8 Series models.

To provide everything you’d ever need for family motoring there’s a seven-seat MPV, their range of X model SUVs, and since 2014, the introduction of their plug-in electric i models. Top it all off with their M model high-performance supercars, the Z4 convertible and the i8 Roadster—and you’ve got the full package.

BMW: High performance on and off the track

BMW has a successful history in a range of motorsports.

They have been significant performers in touring car racing and rally driving, enjoyed success in Formula One with the BMW Sauber team, and BMW cars have been regular competitors and winners at Le Mans since the race’s early years.

BMW’s reliability and reputation

BMW ranked 16th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. BMW hasn’t always had the best reputation for reliability but to rank alongside marques such as Honda, Volkswagen and Fiat they’re holding their own alongside plenty of the other big names.

How often should an instrument panel bulb need replacing?

Vehicle dashboard lights help monitor the various gauges in a car. Broken instrument panel lights can leave you clueless as to whether your car is experiencing engine problems, such as running low on fuel, overheating or ABS failure, often until it is too late. Having these lights working is especially vital when driving at night. Therefore it’s important that all bulbs are in full working order so you can stay aware and safe on the roads.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

During an MOT, the mechanic will check that the instruments on your vehicle’s dashboard are illuminated sufficiently. If these components, such as the fuel gauge and speedometer, are not sufficiently illuminated that will lead to a minor, however if the instruments are not illuminated at all this will most likely lead to your car failing the MOT.

What happens when we do an instrument panel bulb replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Remove the instrument panel front

  • Check all fuses and bulbs connected to the instrument panel

  • Replace any faulty fuses or bulbs

  • Refit the instrument panel front and test the lights are working

What causes an instrument panel bulb to break?

Like many other car parts over time faults can occur, and occasionally the instrument panel bulbs can break or blow. Additionally, bulbs can stop working due to electrical faults or if a fuse has blown. Because the instrument panel displays important information about the running of your vehicle it’s important to fix any bulbs when they stop working.

What are the signs of a bad instrument panel bulb?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • Your car dashboard isn’t lit

  • Dashboard warning lights are flickering or not displaying

  • Your indicator dashboard lights aren't flashing

How often should you replace your instrument panel bulb?

Instrument panel bulbs shouldn’t need to be replaced regularly, however like most car parts they can become faulty over time. Broken or faulty bulbs will make it very difficult to observe aspects of your car’s performance as you’re driving and may prevent dashboard warning lights from displaying. This could mean that serious (and potentially dangerous) faults could go undetected, leading to costly repairs down the line.

What happens during an instrument panel bulb replacement?

During the repair our certified mechanics will:

  • Remove the instrument panel front

  • Check all fuses and bulbs connected to the instrument panel

  • Replace any faulty fuses or bulbs

  • Refit the instrument panel front and test the lights are working

Can you drive with a broken instrument panel bulb?

Vehicle dashboard lights help monitor the various gauges in a car. Broken instrument panel lights can leave you clueless as to whether your car is experiencing engine problems, such as running low on fuel, overheating or ABS failure, often until it is too late. Having these lights working is especially vital when driving at night. Therefore it’s important that all bulbs are in full working order so you can stay aware and safe on the roads.

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