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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 02-13-2005, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Outside Temp Read Out

The out side temp reading on my wife's 2000 E 320 has some pixels out. The temp is accurate but the numbers are hard to read. Is this just a bulb or does the entire gauge have to be replaced and if so, at what cost.
This car has the strangest problems!
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 02-13-2005, 06:23 PM
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I´ve read in this forum that if the display screen is wrong you need to change the [b]whole cluster[/b
So, if this is true, you´d better get use to the missing pixels.[:(]
What are the other problems?
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Today the temp started reading correctly on its own.
AS for the other problems:
1. Cracked dash replaced
2. Rear window regualtor replaced
These seem to be normal for this model.
Also she sometimes gets crazy readings on the computer, but they seem to go away on their own.
This car is a late 2000 E320 with all the options and only 26000 miles
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post #4 of 56 (permalink) Old 02-16-2005, 05:24 AM
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Do you have the extended warenty? If the display is not working, you can claim that it is defective and have it replaced. You might find a cluster from a salavage yard with about the same miles and swap it out or have it programmed to set it to your actual miles.
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I really do want to change the cluster for this minor problem. I do have an extended warranty. Problem is this vehicle is a late 2000 model with only 26000 miles. If I start to change instrument clusters it may effect resale value, unless the mileage can be certified by a dealer.
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RE: Outside Temp Read Out

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After reading some posts, looks like the missing pixels is a connection problem that could be solved cleaning the contacts of the connector.
Mine have started to appear and dissapear in a horizontal line fashion. When I move the cluster a little or hit it softly with my hand the pixels seem to change the pattern of on and off. That makes me think that a loose connection is the culprit indeed.
I´ll take the cluster out this weekend and let know in the forum the results of cleaning the contacts.
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I didn´t wait to the weekend and took the cluster out yesterday.
I sprayed liberally electronic contact cleaner over the display connection and the problem is gone.
No more missing pixels.
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How exactly do you access the display connection?

I am concerned that in the process of fixing my outside temp display I'll break something important like the center guage. I have reviewed the posts and have been unable to obtain this information.
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Well I got the information off another web site and sprayed the contacts without success. Is there a special contact cleaner that I should use? The + sign and the 3rd digit plus °F are no problem to read. It's the second digit that comes in and out of view.
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RE: Outside Temp Read Out

Hi Champagne,

I am facing the same problem with my W210!

Where could you find the information on how to remove the instrument cluster? I want to give it a try..

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