The instrument cluster on the W211 E-Class, 2003-2009, is known to fail and can exhibit problems such as the cluster lights going out or burning LEDs. Unfortunately, while experienced professionals, most mechanics can repair the cluster, will not be able to fix the cluster for the E-Class. If taken to the Mercedes-Benz dealer, a new cluster will be installed, which costs between $900-$1200. When a new cluster is installed, it will need SCN coding. If the cluster is replaced with a used cluster from another Mercedes-Benz, then the miles will no longer show on the instrument cluster. You will only see dashed lines in the cluster.
The instrument cluster in a vehicle is an essential component that provides vital information to the driver, such as speed, fuel level, and engine temperature. Over time, the instrument cluster may become damaged or malfunction due to wear and tear or electrical issues, resulting in inaccurate or no readings.
Before replacing the instrument cluster, it is crucial to ensure that the vehicle’s electrical system is safe and that all necessary precautions are taken. The instrument cluster replacement process may involve disconnecting the battery and removing other components, such as the dashboard or steering column, to gain access to the cluster.
|Make:||Mercedes-Benz E Class|
|Model:||E320 E350 E500 E550 E55 E63|
|Years:||2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009|
Common instrument cluster problems
- Analogue Clock keeps re-setting itself.
- Speedo gauge sticks or doesn’t work.
- Partial or complete illumination failure.
- OBC LCD pixelated or kept going white.
- Complete power failure.
How to remove the cluster from a Mercedes-Benz E-Class W211 2003-2009
Removing the instrument cluster from the E-Class takes only a few minutes. You will need to have the right set of tools, though. There are 4 Torx bolts that you will need to remove, and you will need a Set of T6-T25 L-Wrenches.
Move the steering wheel as far out and lower it as much as possible. You can do this using the steering wheel lever on the steering column.
Disconnect the battery. The main battery of the E-Class is located in the trunk. Make sure you disconnect the battery and turn the ignition off before proceeding with the cluster removal.
Grab the frame of the instrument cluster with your finger and pull it out. You may use a Dashboard Trim removal kit but avoid using a screwdriver as you can damage the plastic frame.
Remove the four bolts around the cluster using the L-shaped wrench from the Torx Set T6-T25.
Pull the cluster out until you see the electrical harness connecting the instrument cluster. Unplug the connector and completely remove the instrument cluster. Reinstall in reverse order.
Instrument Cluster Instruction Video W211 W219
You are done. Congratulations!
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Frequently Asked Questions
The gears on the original speedometer pointer wheel will not turn.
If the gear on the original speedometer pointer does not turn, you can replace the gear inside the speedometer instead of replacing the instrument cluster. You may be able to find a replacement gear online; click here to check Amazon.
The instrument cluster is blank.
Check that you have fully charged batteries. You have the main battery (G1) located in the trunk and the auxiliary battery (G1/7) located in the engine bay. If the batteries are fully charged, you will likely have a defective instrument cluster.
Jump started a car that had died now the cluster is having issues.
Improper jumping starting of any Mercedes-Benz car can cause damage to other electronics, such as the instrument cluster.
Instrument cluster lights for the SPEEDO, CLOCK and RPM are all out?
The lights inside the cluster are LED and very unlikely to burn out. Check the ground connections and ensure the cable is correctly plugged into the back of the cluster.
Applicable Models and Part Numbers
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