Having problems with your 1994 BMW 3 Series ?

I have bmw 316i 1994 coupe. I am facing a problem of my speedometer and all gauges like feul and heat even rpm sometimes working perfect and sometime dead. Sometimes even bouncing all the meters and gauges. Can you guide me?

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Gauge cluster problems are one of the toughest nuts to crack on an e36 BMW.\015\012
\015\012Check the 7th paragraph of this article for suggestions as to possible causes.\015\012http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/101-Projects-90-Gauges/101-Projects-90-Gauges.htm
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