One or More Instrument Cluster Display May Fail on Mercedes-Benz E430

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Instrument cluster displays tend to fail, especially the clock and gear indicators. Our technicians tell us the instrument cluster will require replacement to correct this issue.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 104,893 (30,000–200,000)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
30 people reported this problem
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Drive selector and clock is out on instrument panel
LED display for outside temp and clock almost gone.
Temp, clock and some of the computer module readouts have gone bad. Mechanic is looking in salvage yard for replacement component. Not worth $2500 on a 14 year old vehicle.
cluster has gaps in display of clock, temperature and gear display
Entire computer screen failed.
Unrecognizable characters appear on 2 or the 3 panels.
Main panel too faint to read.
Had to replace entire inst cluster to correct this problem. It was covered under my extended warranty (thankfully) since the cost was 2500. I only paid the $100 ded.
Mine started losing brightness, then working occasionally, now it a game of how little i can see
My clock panel has been acting funny... It will work and then show partial time.. It is quite aggravating to have this happen.
All the problems listed I too have experienced with my E430 2001
began to have this problem at 30K mileage, replaced the entire unit for warranty. then by 50K mileage the problem recurred, replaced the entire unit again, also at extended warranty coverage. then at 75K mileage, problem resurfaced again, this time i gave up and let the problem stand without any correction.
First one was the temperature indicator for passengers side. Then the outside temperature indicator went out. Now the radio screen is not showing up unless you turn it off and then off again.
Clock read out display works intermittently
ac light are on but no power no air
The AC panel stopped wrking. The outside temp display shows partial number
my dashboard lights/odometer/rpm/gas gauge went out and now I noticed my blikers burnt out Is this a fuse issue or what
light flickers, lcd died