I had done that several times, I just removed two A/C vents, then pulled instrument cluster out by hands. If you know how to remove A/C vents, all can be done in 10 minutes.
99 BMW 540i 6-speed 110K Km
03 SAAB 9-5 wagon 80K Km
92 400E (Sold) 245K km
Still missing the days with the Benz, it kept me busy.