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      01-25-2016, 11:04 AM   #1
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Dust behind plastic cover to dashboard

I've had my 2015 F33 since April. I dust/clean up the interior about once every 3 to 4 weeks. I am very careful not to wipe the plastic in front of the dash or the temperature display as I can tell they will scratch easily. However, a small amount of dust has found itself on the inside of the speedometer display. I am tempted to unscrew the piece (I notice there is a screw at the top), but I'm concerned about creating a bigger issue than I have now.

I'm doing my best to ignore it, but it is prevalent in the right sunlight and driving me a bit nuts.

Has anyone had to remove the plastic to clean behind it?
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      01-26-2016, 01:10 PM   #2
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I haven't done it yet, but I've heard you just have to take out the two torx screws at the top and pry the clear shield off. I would suggest using rubber gloves to avoid leaving any finger prints and a can of compressed air to get rid of the dust instead of a cloth. All the plastics in the cluster look very prone to scratches/smudges.
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      02-01-2016, 03:00 PM   #3
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If you end up removing the cover, please post how it went.

I have marks on the inside (by the trip odometer reset button). It drives me nuts. Called my dealer and they said that the cover can't be ordered as a separate part and the entire cluster would need to be order.
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      02-02-2016, 10:07 AM   #4
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I have a similar dust issue with my 13 335. The F-30 Bentley manual is supposed to be released in Mar. Hopefully that will have some guidance on removing the instrument cluster and the clear lens,
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      06-20-2016, 03:06 PM   #5
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I haven't done it yet. Has anyone else removed the plastic cover of the dash? How did it go?
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      06-20-2016, 09:53 PM   #6
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I have this too. Annoying
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      07-02-2016, 08:20 AM   #7
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If you end up removing the cover, please post how it went.

I have marks on the inside (by the trip odometer reset button). It drives me nuts. Called my dealer and they said that the cover can't be ordered as a separate part and the entire cluster would need to be order.
Well I tried it and your dealer would be correct. The plastic front does not come off. When I took out the two screws and slightly pulled, the entire cluster was coming out. I looked everywhere, and there is no way to remove the plastic cover. I am a bit annoyed, but what can you do. Not going to replace the whole cluster over some dust. I'm not that nuts. Or am I...
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I have the same issues, any solutions?????

So annoying..
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      07-10-2017, 12:44 PM   #9
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Nope. $995 for new cluster.
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I've had my 2015 F33 since April. I dust/clean up the interior about once every 3 to 4 weeks. I am very careful not to wipe the plastic in front of the dash or the temperature display as I can tell they will scratch easily. However, a small amount of dust has found itself on the inside of the speedometer display. I am tempted to unscrew the piece (I notice there is a screw at the top), but I'm concerned about creating a bigger issue than I have now.

I'm doing my best to ignore it, but it is prevalent in the right sunlight and driving me a bit nuts.

Has anyone had to remove the plastic to clean behind it?
Almost same issue. Inside of lens is 'fogged up' in certain areas. Car is still under warranty (2017 440i convertible) with only 11,000 miles. When I bring in for service next month I am going to request they eliminate, and if they have to replace entire cluster under warranty then so be it. Cannot believe that a car this expensive ($65,000) has these kinds of issues. Not impressed at all with quality of BMW (exterior paint, glass, cheap looking interior, very poor gas mileage).
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Almost same issue. Inside of lens is 'fogged up' in certain areas. Car is still under warranty (2017 440i convertible) with only 11,000 miles. When I bring in for service next month I am going to request they eliminate, and if they have to replace entire cluster under warranty then so be it. Cannot believe that a car this expensive ($65,000) has these kinds of issues. Not impressed at all with quality of BMW (exterior paint, glass, cheap looking interior, very poor gas mileage).
Did you have any luck with this? I am wanting to request they take care of this as well.
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Almost same issue. Inside of lens is 'fogged up' in certain areas. Car is still under warranty (2017 440i convertible) with only 11,000 miles. When I bring in for service next month I am going to request they eliminate, and if they have to replace entire cluster under warranty then so be it. Cannot believe that a car this expensive ($65,000) has these kinds of issues. Not impressed at all with quality of BMW (exterior paint, glass, cheap looking interior, very poor gas mileage).
Did you have any luck with this? I am wanting to request they take care of this as well.
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Almost same issue. Inside of lens is 'fogged up' in certain areas. Car is still under warranty (2017 440i convertible) with only 11,000 miles. When I bring in for service next month I am going to request they eliminate, and if they have to replace entire cluster under warranty then so be it. Cannot believe that a car this expensive ($65,000) has these kinds of issues. Not impressed at all with quality of BMW (exterior paint, glass, cheap looking interior, very poor gas mileage).
Did you have any luck with this? I am wanting to request they take care of this as well.
Sorry, not yet. When I took car in for service last week it was a rainy, dark day & the Service Advisor could not see what I was complaining about. Told to bring it back on a sunny day so it would be noticeable. I will be bringing it back in a few days; but the impression I got was that it would be replaced (entire cluster, because lens alone can't be replaced. Let you know.
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