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    Instrument Cluster on Polo twist 2003 needs to be replaced.

    Hello,
    I have a Polo twist 2003 ,5 door 1.4.
    Ive had lots of work done to my car already, one day I noticed what I thought were flames behind the mileage display (the electric bit, as well as the clock).
    When I took it to the garage he took it out and it actually had caught fire as it was completely black on the circuit board bit.
    I need a new instrument cluster , and instead of getting one from the VW garage as itís £341 just for the part not fitting. Iíve seen loads of second hand ones on eBay and other scrap yards for £25+.
    I just wondered if I needed to make sure the code on the inside of my cluster has to match or be similar letters to my current cluster? Itís a long one that starts 6G....or similar.

    Help anyone 😩 would be much appreciated!

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    You will need an exact part number match, but that's not the only problem you'll face.
    The immobiliser code will need to be (re-)programmed in whatever replacement cluster you fit, to match what the rest of the car is expecting, I believe.
    There are probably plenty of people who could do that for you (as well as a dealership), but it probably won't be free.
    The job can be done with VCDS, if you have all the info required about old and new car that the clusters are from/for. Something like what's described here, but possibly not exactly that:
    http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/car...-swapping.html
    My car: 2003 Polo 1.4 BBY, Petrol
    Good Lady's: 2005 Mk1 Skoda Fabia 1.2, AZQ

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    Did you see the burntness of the old one with your own eyes? Burnt boards often look worse than they really are. It may be repairable.
    What's your approx. location?
    My car: 2003 Polo 1.4 BBY, Petrol
    Good Lady's: 2005 Mk1 Skoda Fabia 1.2, AZQ

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    Instrument cluster

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete1 View Post
    Did you see the burntness of the old one with your own eyes? Burnt boards often look worse than they really are. It may be repairable.
    What's your approx. location?

    Thanks for your advice Pete,
    I did actually see it, it was black crispy, the display now, when I turn the lights on now, that display doesnít light up , the time bit lights up but thereís no display of the time, the mileage one is completely out though.
    Iím in East Sussex .
    Thanks again

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    I think my best advice would be to find a VW-specialist independent garage near you, and ask them if they could fit and code a replacement secondhand cluster for you. You can discuss what info they would need about the donor vehicle (if any) while you're there, so that you can get that info from the seller if necessary/possible.
    My car: 2003 Polo 1.4 BBY, Petrol
    Good Lady's: 2005 Mk1 Skoda Fabia 1.2, AZQ

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