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Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 2001 E320 - Brilliant Silver/Ash: 107,000+
Location: West Virginia, USA
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The temperature display on mine is going out. Eventually, the ODO (trip and total), gear indicator, and clock will all go bad. Dealers here refuse to fix them and their solution is to replace the cluster for approx. $1,000 US. I don't know if the trouble lights are affected, and think it's only what I mentioned.
As Diesel Benz suggested, check the W210 forum, up top, in the Stickys. There are some fixes outlined there. If you want to send it to a aftermarket shop, and have to ship it to them, you can buy simple and inexpensive tools to remove the cluster. If fixing it yourself, it has been advised that you also change all the backlight bulbs while you have it out. You might get lucky and that will fix your problem, but it sounds more like the LED (aka pixels) to me.
Regarding your question about the gear indicator: When you have the gearshift lever in the "D" position, the dash display will never change. But if you tap it to the left while in drive you will see it downshift from "D" to 4-3-2-1; from those various points, you upshift the car by tapping it to the right and it changes to show you which gear you are in.
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Last edited by Musikmann; 10-21-2008 at 06:05 AM.