Recently went to a junkyard and saw that they had the exact make and model of my moms car. I wanted to do something nice for her. The instrument cluster in her car has been malfunction, sporadically comes on and off. It's a 2002 Volvo s80. Was wondering could I simply pick a instrument cluster off one of the Volvo's in the junkyard and swap it into my moms car? I know for a lot of parts you can do that but not sure if there is something unique about instrument clusters that I should know.

Thanks in advance!

  • The typical cause for these instrument cluster failures is cracked solder joints or cracked traces. Please describe how exactly does the existing cluster fail? Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 18:06

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It looks like the new(used) cluster would need to be reprogrammed by a dealer or shop with the proper equipment.

You may want to do some basic voltage drop tests on the cluster before deciding to replace. Including checking fuse terminal fit etc...

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