A close friend has an '06 Passat 2.0T and it sat for about a month outside while he was away. Upon his return, he found that the instrument panel was completely inoperative. No fuel or temp gauges, no speedo or tach, no warning or indicator lights, no nothing. He has not determined if the gauge illumination works or not, yet. And the car started easily without a jump.
The cluster had been replaced with an exchange unit at a VW Dealer a while back due to a faded MFI. Everything was functioning normally when it was parked. No other problems have been noticed thus far.
I don't have any service information on this vehicle at all, so I thought I start here first for old times sake. Anyone have any experiences with this?
Thanks for the info. Tom; I appreciate it. As I suspected, after things warmed up after being driven for a few miles, everything came back on line. It has been my experience that this is the way these electronic glitches often seem to get resolved. We'll monitor things but my sense is that it will be OK. As much as I loathe not knowing positively what was wrong, I can accept the fact that the electrical gremlins had their fun.
I have been occupied here lately with working on old Beetles for friends. It seems that finding shops who will work on them is something of problem any more. I never thought that I'd be fixing the cars of my youth in my "old age", oh, the electrical problems! Anyway, I check in on theSamba.com nearly every day and use the handle I got while working at Bentley ( VWTECHEDITOR ). I see my old colleague Stan ( Stanagon ) several times a year and make the trip to the Boston area often to visit our daughter and son-in-law and our 2 grand daughters (little kids are fun to be around).