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Full black panel display

Postby Jamesbailey » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:17 pm

Many of you seem to have this option but I'm trying to keep my options under control due to initial cost and no residual value.

So is it worth it and what does it do?

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Re: Full black panel display

Postby iomroadster » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:27 pm

I've ordered it on mine - it comes with the advanced Nav and is required on some options such as speed limit display.

Essentially it turns the bottom 3rd of the cluster to a full colour LCD display to give additional information for mode etc. On the M135i it says M Performance when you switch on which is enough for me :P not sure about what it says on other models.
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Re: Full black panel display

Postby labbetts » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:30 pm

YES YES YES

it's worth every penny mate.

It digitizes half of the dash pod with full colour graphics.
Doesn't sound like much, but considering The Rev Counter / Speedometer is something that's always being looked at whilst driving, think you would regret not getting it if you saw one with.

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Re: Full black panel display

Postby bryntech » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:32 pm

I don't think it comes with the nav. I ordered pro media on mine and still needed to spec black panel as an additional option.
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Re: Full black panel display

Postby labbetts » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:36 pm

I does come standard with Pro Nav - some dealers told me otherwise until I corrected them. Make sure you haven't paid extra for it chap!

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Re: Full black panel display

Postby bryntech » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:23 pm

My Bad! Just checked my contract and its on there but has £0.00 next to it.
I remember mulling over the cost of it, but then I forgot I added Pro Nav later
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Re: Full black panel display

Postby 120d_estoril » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:52 am

What if you don't have Na or anything like that, is it a pointless option?

I asked the salesman and he seemed to suggest it was only worthwhile with the Nav system.

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Re: Full black panel display

Postby Stan 24v » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:00 am

Anyone got any pics?
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Re: Full black panel display

Postby bryntech » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:58 am

I had a good look at a car fitted with black panel display and a car without before I ordered as was sceptical about the benefit of this option, needless to say the black panel display does look much better IMO.
The standard display just looked a little bit boring and not unlike my E46, where as the black panel display turns the whole bottom section of the instrument cluster into an LCD screen. I didn't even see any nav elements displayed there when I looked, so the comment about only being of benefit if you spec Nav is debatable.
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Re: Full black panel display

Postby jablad » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:06 am

YouTube has loads of videos of it with satnav.

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Re: Full black panel display

Postby Blackroc » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:07 am

Some pictures (not the best sorry!)

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What you can't see really, is that the whole bottom right dash is all LED like a phone screen, specifically to put images on for your Sat Nav. It also shows track choices and scroll function for music.

The dials glow white on standard dash too - Black Panel they are M orange :-)
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Re: Full black panel display

Postby 120d_estoril » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:03 pm

Thanks for the pictures.

Does anyone have a side by side picture of a car with and without the black panel? As this will be my first beemer I don't know what they look like as standard inside. Both cars we drove had similar to the above although with disposing the nav instructions.

I know its only a £125 option but if I don't need it then I won't bother however I don't want to get the car and be kicking myself for missing it out.

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Re: Full black panel display

Postby labbetts » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:50 pm

It would basically look like the middle section of the bottom picture, and not much else.
Everything will be analogue in or around the dials.

It's what i had on my E90, maybe even my E46 too, so quite old skool.

Black Panel is just SO much nicer to look at than the old display. So much more modern, and bloody useful too.
Worth noting that when you change driving modes to ECO, the part under the rev counter changes to blue.

Just tell your dealer you'll order here and now if he throws it in - he/she probably will

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Re: Full black panel display

Postby CSJH » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:55 pm

I have black panel on my car however, I have had a loan car without. If you do not have Nav the standard display can do everything that the black panel can except give you the eco pro readout below the rev counter.

The standard display as per the black panel changes from white during the day to orange at night.

You can also access music / radio / phone information on the standard display as per the black panel.

THe black panel makes the dash a little more interesting. however, if you do not have Nav it has little useful further functionality over the standard display which is still colour.
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Re: Full black panel display

Postby logiclee » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:25 pm

More comments here..
viewtopic.php?f=63&t=41212&hilit=black+panel

I tried a car with and without.

If you don't have Nav it's of limited use in my opinion. We decided not to bother.

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