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: 111,939 (33,000–233,295)
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
75 people reported this problem
36 people shared problem details
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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Backlight of instrument panel(speedometer, RPM, odometer) is out.
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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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The dashboard display in my VW Passat faded whenever the weather was hot but I had it fixed at and it works great now.
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My digital display goes black when it hot outside. If it cold outside than its okay.
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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
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Dash Board Display - lower center of dashboard - sometimes it lights up and sometime it does not - hit or miss and annoying it is.
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Can't see the display when the car sits outside and gets hot from the sun.
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Volkswagen Passat Digital Display
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Display is brighter when initially starting the engine, then fades out and can't be read at all.
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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...
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Electronic dash display fades when it warms up. Works fine in the cold.
Half the display is dim. It lights up on its own.
Car started up fine and then started losing power when I started to take off and the odometer and speedometer and gas gauge and temp gauge are now stuck and I can not start or keep my car going. Have not fixed it yet
Digital display fades out once car becomes heated
clogged drains water pooled in spare tire area
Dashboard lights dont light up well
First started fading in and out intermittently about 3 mos. ago, would stay on for several days, then blank out, didn't think about heat...hasn't been that hot here, now it's 'almost' out, I can still see the top of the letters for 'speed warning'. I was hoping it might be a cluster bulb or something...dang and at this low mileage
MFI/MFD resets to 1200 on restart, steering wheel control will not change settings
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