BMW dashboard / instrument clusters failing

The instrument cluster can fail on certain gauges- loss of rev counter,
speedo, fuel gauge etc. Please also have a look at the BMW sensor
problem page before condeming the cluster:

http://www.bba-reman.com/content.aspx?content=bmw_sensor_faults_and_problems

Other problem include loss of illumination of certain areas.

BMW 3 and 5 series dashboard problems

              3 (E36) and 5 (E39) series BMW insrument cluster