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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Volkswagen Passat Digital Display on Instrument Cluster May Fail
Volkswagen Passat Problem
Average Mileage: 129,720 mi (75,000 mi - 233,295 mi)
Visitor, 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.
The dashboard display in my VW Passat faded whenever the weather was hot but I had it fixed at www.lcdautotech.com and it works great now.
Visitor, 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.
My red LCD display in the instrument cluster faded in hot weather. I took the advice of others in this forum and shipped my instrument cluster to lcdautotech.com They replaced the display with a new display and it has worked fine ever since then. LCD Auto Tech only replaces the half-height display not the full height display.
Visitor, 2001 Volkswagen Passat, 128,000 mi
Cluster signal fading. Car heating and shaking. Shakes harder when AC or heat on
Visitor, 2000 Volkswagen Passat, 104,451 mi
Backlight of instrument panel(speedometer, RPM, odometer) is out.
Visitor, 2003 Volkswagen Passat, 140,000 mi
Can't see the display when the car sits outside and gets hot from the sun.
Visitor, 2003 Volkswagen Passat, 145,000 mi
My car can't sit out in the heat without the digital display disappearing. I hate this.
Visitor, 2005 Volkswagen Passat, 75,000 mi
Fading digital display progressively worsened to the point of disappearance. $600+ instrument cluster replacement. This has been just one of many unexpected costs. Thought that I loved this car but it costs too much for me to ever buy another.
Visitor, 2006 Volkswagen Passat, 220,000 mi
2006 Jetta TDI. Display has faded and come back regularly for several years; rather seasonal relationship with fade primarily during summer and humidity. This summer the display has pretty much blanked out entirely with only occasional reappearance; I'm hopeful I'll get it back with winter. Main problem is that the MFD is the ONLY way to read the mileage (220K was last read; fuel use would say I'm around 230K). Even the dealer can't read the mileage with electronic diagnostics because VW engineers didn't "make it so"! Called VW America and pointed out many have had this issue, so it should be declared a defect -- especially since I couldn't even sell the car without odometer reading (not that I want to sell). No help there, of course. And, also of course, Dealer wants $800 to replace. I'll live with it awhile.