12th April 2003, 05:52
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It appears from the discussion that there are two distinct colors of gauge lighting for the M5 gauge cluster. I was curious about this myself, as I have always thought that the orange instrument and dash lighting was a BMW trademark...until I saw my instrument pod illuminated at night for the first time. I have the soft, variable yellow gauge lighting on my '03, and thought that this was standard on all grey gauges. I find the soft yellow lighting quite easy on the eyes against the grey gauge faces. It has a very classy look, IMHO, although I also like the traditional orange on black gauges on my 540 and 320.
Based upon Jason's description it does not appear that there is any consistency in the gauge lighting color, if indeed the early '01 build also has the yellow gauge lights and his late '01 has the orange gauge lights.
I cannot believe that this inconsistency would be due to supplier issues, and feel that there has to be a logical explanation for this situation.
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