Instrument Cluster Displays May Lose Pixels on Mercedes-Benz CLK430

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The instrument cluster display may lose pixels and need replacement. However, if the back lighting bulbs for the odometer display in the center of the cluster burn out, they can be replaced.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 97,936 (10,000–212,054)
5 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003
51 people reported this problem
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There is a kit to repair the pixels. The common issue is a poor contact at the board, the solution is to replace the ribbons going from the display to the contact board.
Clock pixels don't display properly, just living with it. Bigger problem is with seat controls not functioning properly.
Pixels out in instrument cluster and cannot read digital speed or clock or gear position i.e P D R 1 2 etc. Fortunately the car has the old fashioned needle speedo so I can tell how fast I am living with it in this condition.
I have a 2002 CLK 320. The display for the temperature, clock, gear display are all partially light and cannot be read. Is there a fix for this other than replacing the instrument panel?