Digital Display on Instrument Cluster May Fail on Volkswagen Passat

The digital display portion of the instrument cluster may fail. Our technicians tell us the entire instrument cluster will need to be replaced to correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 124,031 (29,400–800,000)
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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Digital display works when car is cold, but fades out after 5-10 minutes of running. On a warm or hot day it will be faded out at all times.
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The digital display bottom area has been on and off for a long time.And now stop showing anything.Contact failure.
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Backlight of instrument panel(speedometer, RPM, odometer) is out.
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The dashboard display in my VW Passat faded whenever the weather was hot but I had it fixed at and it works great now.
My digital display goes black when it hot outside. If it cold outside than its okay.
Would fade her and there seemed like when it was hot out, now it's complete out and I can't read anything of the computer display
Can't see the display when the car sits outside and gets hot from the sun.
Dash Board Display - lower center of dashboard - sometimes it lights up and sometime it does not - hit or miss and annoying it is.
Volkswagen Passat Digital Display
Display is brighter when initially starting the engine, then fades out and can't be read at all.
in my instrument panel the digital instrument (MFI?)fades out to where you can't even read it after my passat warms up on a cold day, on a warm/hot day you cannot even read it upon start up. I never know what gear it's in when i use the triptonic never know my MPG, etc... wish i never bought this Passat...
has no power It stores
I first noticed this problem about 3 months after buying the car. The display would only have a vertical line lite up. It didn't do it often. But it has gotten worst this year. Sometimes it is blank. Other times it has the information showing backwards; looks like stray scratches, has half of the display lite with the other half blank. And it does is everytime I park in the sun and forget to put the sun to put my sun reflectors up. I was told by the service counselor that it has something to do with the car being parked in the sun. He said it would cost approximately a thousand something to replace. He couldn't guarentee me the new one wouldn't do the same thing. That is a lot of money so, I didn't have it replaced. I notice if I turn on the A/C and direct the air, using the button that shows the air blowing toward your face, it seems to come back on sooner than if I just let the air flow throughout the entire car.
The display fades out when a car get hot.
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A short in my radio when I turn my wheel the bass turns really loud and when driving also hit a bump. And my brake emergency brake light comes on and I never use it, I have to reset emergency brake for it to go off
My light on my digital screen is out how do I fix that
my cars digital system keeps going out and my engine light comes on and says problem with emissions
Electronic dash display fades when it warms up. Works fine in the cold.
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