A6 Quattro

Digital Display on Instrument Cluster May Fail on Audi A6 Quattro

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 105,494 (23,000–181,000)
8 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2013
85 people reported this problem
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For some reason when the car is cold the instrument panel works a little better. Not great but from non readable to readable.
LCD pixels are barely visible. When weather is cold it shows better, but still missing pixels. When it warms up it almost disspears completely. I found this site: that will replace the LCD screen for $139 + S/H and they offer Lifetime warranty.
center of display begin failing to the point where radio station and temperature can no longer be read. other portions still okay for now
It was replaced once while still under warranty and then started to die again after a few years.
Replacing the whole display us too exoensive on a 15 year old car!
Buggers, it still runs great after 206,000!
First the display on the instrument panel cluster started losing pixels and would sometimes also be okay. Next, the Bose stereo speaker would cut in and out and then the water coolant gauge fluctuated. All this around 107,000 miles After that, the trunk release button on my fob key would not open the trunk and the trunk release button inside the car would not work either.

After diagnosis at the import shop, they suggested an $800 electrical housing part needing to be imported from Germany (2 weeks to get part). Lastly, the mechanic thought he could temporarily wire something together. I let it go until I figure out if it's just a loose wire.
Gauge cluster and radio keep turning off. The radio pauses every few seconds and it's not clear. The cluster goes to safe mode also. Anyone has fixed this issue?
The LED panel is actually intermittently working. 10% of the time it works, 20% of time it is very dim and the other 70% of time it is not illuminated at all.
Top portion of panel is ok when car is cold and colder weather, but bottom portion is maybe 30% readable... mostly red pixels, but can see p/r/d