[A4] dash cluster

Brizax at aol.com Brizax at aol.com
Fri Aug 18 12:35:20 EDT 2006

99-01 S4s dont have the immobilizer system, the coding for the cluster if  
you get one form a different year car can be done with a vagcom cable and pc, i  
recently sold my a4 for a S4

> The  LCD matrix display in the dash panel in my '99 S4 has gone flaky,
> and  I'm thinking about getting it fixed.

totally common

Can  anybody confirm or deny what I think I already know on this  topic:
> - the only fix is a new dash insert

as far  as i know thats true. im sure you could repair it with a degree in EE
and a  really nice soldering iron. =)

- this can only be done by an audi  dealer due to the immobiliser coding
> requirements

not so..  any repair shop with a 1552 or vagcom should be able to sort it. a
buddy  just had his cluster done in his 00s4tt at an independent shop.

- the  going rate for supply and fitting of the insert is about ?600
> (that's  about 1100 USD).

yikes. i would find a used cluster on epay and DIY  - its not ahrd and im
sure there are writeups on it. you may then have to  pay a shop or dealer a
few bucks to reset it.. guessing. do some research  but i bet you can save a
pile on that  one.
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