this problem occured sat and they worked for an hour. i went into the movies and when i came back out they wouldnt work and have not worked since.
by Visitor in Tacoma, WA on January 10, 2011
Beetle instrument clusters are notorious for various problems. The cluster illumination problem that you're having could be a problem with the dimmer switch or the illumination bulbs themselves. The cluster is fairly easy to service in this car:
1. Position steering wheel tilt as low and far out as possible.
2. Grip the plastic bezel around the speedometer at the 3 & 9 o'clock position and pull evenly on both sides to remove it.
3. Remove 2 torx (T20 or T25)screws at 3 & 9 o'clock and pull cluster out far enough to remove the connectors. (The connectors are a bit tricky, you have to press down on the plastic tab and then the levers will pry up.)
4. Replace bulbs as needed. If the entire cluster needs to be replaced, the mileage and immobilizer must be reprogrammed or the car will not start. This can only be done by a VW dealer or myself (I have special hardware to program the odometer and immobilizer).
James, if you do this(change the bulbs) and just put your own cluster back in will there be any problem starting the car? ty