I like the silverstars, they are decent bulbs, don't expect HID quality, but I am glad I am have them over stock. No it is not a bluish colour, more of a bright white with a small hint of blue.
The gauge panel is easy to take out once you know how to do it....Mine doesn't have tilt (which I think is rediculous for a 98 BMW) which always makes it a bit more tough.
Past: 1998 323is (E36)
1986 325e (E30)
Present: 1997 Jetta GLX VR6
2004 325iT (E46) (pops)