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      01-06-2014, 10:53 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

So, can someone with a 4-series with HUD tell me if the instrument cluster (speed and revs) are supposed to be lit white during the day.

I could have sworn mine were, but now I am second guessing myself. Also, recently had a 2014 3 series loaner with no HUD and could have sworn again they were lit! I may be seeing things...

I have been following the controversy on the X5 forum but figured I pose the questions directly to you guys since you can give me the most direct answer.

435xi in Canada with HUD.

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as far as i know, they arent lit in white. they arent lit at all.....its just white font...at night the orange light turns on and they're lit orange
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hmm, thanks. i am second guessing myself. went to the dealer and the 2014 3 series loaner i had used wasn't in (which i thought had it too). no one was sure but they said the 5 and 7 series instruments have it.

can anyone else confirm on their 4 series?


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as far as i know, they arent lit in white. they arent lit at all.....its just white font...at night the orange light turns on and they're lit orange
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Hey guys,

So, can someone with a 4-series with HUD tell me if the instrument cluster (speed and revs) are supposed to be lit white during the day.

I could have sworn mine were, but now I am second guessing myself. Also, recently had a 2014 3 series loaner with no HUD and could have sworn again they were lit! I may be seeing things...

I have been following the controversy on the X5 forum but figured I pose the questions directly to you guys since you can give me the most direct answer.

435xi in Canada with HUD.

Thanks!

Revs are not displayed in the HUD on the F30/32; speed is. They are illuminated in white during the day, red during the night (..unless turned off completely). The instrument cluster itself is a dimly lit red during the day; much brighter red at night.
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Revs are not displayed in the HUD on the F30/32; speed is. They are illuminated in white during the day, red during the night (..unless turned off completely). The instrument cluster itself is a dimly lit red during the day; much brighter red at night.
Yes, I didn't mean the HUD displayed revs. I heard that the instrument cluster can be different between HUD and non-HUD units which I why I mentioned it.

You are right however, the cluster glows dim red/orange during the day and the classic orange at night. Still don't know why I thought it was supposed to glow white during the day. Dealership said 5s and 7s do. No one knew about the 4s which I was I came to everyone here!
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Yes, I didn't mean the HUD displayed revs. I heard that the instrument cluster can be different between HUD and non-HUD units which I why I mentioned it.

You are right however, the cluster glows dim red/orange during the day and the classic orange at night. Still don't know why I thought it was supposed to glow white during the day. Dealership said 5s and 7s do. No one knew about the 4s which I was I came to everyone here!
The 5s and 7s have the full black panel instrument clusters, which indeed are white backlit dials during the day and red at night. Unfortunately, the F30/31/32 does not have the full black panel display. As a result, only the LCD part of the cluster (not the speedo and tach dials themselves) change color based on ambient lighting conditions.

During the day, the LCD display output will be white, at night, this will turn red. Whats interesting is that the cluster color change is independent of whether your headlamps are turned on or not i.e. it has its own light sensor.

This also applies to the HUD color, which itself varies between orange and white depending on the feedback from the ambient light sensor within the instrument panel.
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