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: 111,525 (14,000–233,295)
14 model years affected: 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2004 Volkswagen Passat 129,000 mi,
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.
2001 Volkswagen Passat 114,500 mi,
The digital display bottom area has been on and off for a long time.And now stop showing anything.Contact failure.
The dashboard display in my VW Passat faded whenever the weather was hot but I had it fixed at and it works great now.
2000 Volkswagen Passat 104,451 mi,
Backlight of instrument panel(speedometer, RPM, odometer) is out.
2001 Volkswagen Passat 80,000 mi,
Dash Board Display - lower center of dashboard - sometimes it lights up and sometime it does not - hit or miss and annoying it is.
2007 Volkswagen Passat 120,000 mi,
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
2007 Volkswagen Passat 109,446 mi,
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.
2003 Volkswagen Passat 131,000 mi,
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...
2007 Volkswagen Passat 120,000 mi,
Volkswagen Passat Digital Display
2002 Volkswagen Passat 88,400 mi,
My digital display goes black when it hot outside. If it cold outside than its okay.
2001 Volkswagen Passat 165,000 mi,
Display is brighter when initially starting the engine, then fades out and can't be read at all.
2003 Volkswagen Passat 140,000 mi,
Can't see the display when the car sits outside and gets hot from the sun.
2002 Volkswagen Passat 160,000 mi,
Digital dash works well when cold but fades shortly thereafter.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 100,000 mi,
The instrument panel works briefly then cuts out. Sometimes it will turn back on while driving.
2008 Volkswagen Passat 63,000 mi,
VW 2008 Passat dashboard failed and totally not working
2002 Volkswagen Passat 150,000 mi,
Cluster goes unreadable when it's hot. On cold day work great
2006 Volkswagen Passat 107,000 mi,
Dashboard getting dim
2004 Volkswagen Passat 130,000 mi,
display screen showing gas mileage and gear position randomly dims so low that its next to impossible to view, more often when its a hot day. anyone else experience this?
I got told that my Volkswagen Passat needs a instrument cluster assembly??? what does that mean
2006 Volkswagen Passat 14,000 mi,
The little screen in the instrument cluster does not work! Neither does the gas gauge!