Originally Posted by Reds4Life
Take a flashlight and shine it on the odometer and see if it's still working or not. If it is, the backlight bulb just needs to be replaced. If it's not working, the entire cluster will need to be replaced, they are not a serviceable part.
In either case, the dash does need to be removed. You can't really get a ballpark on it, depends on what the rate of the shop is, if it's dealer v. independent, etc.
Edit: If it needs replaced, GM's current list price is $165 for just the part, with no labor. Dash has to be removed, so I'd figure at least $300-$400 in a labor. Most likely a $500-$600 repair with the shop fees and all that.
If it's just the bulb, is it still going to cost me $300-400 in labor?
Before this car, I had a 97 Oldsmobile Achieva and the cluster went bad, but I don't think I had a digital odometer in it. The problem the cluster caused with the Achieva was nothing on the dash coming on at all and not starting.
Will not fixing this issue with the cluster lead to other problems with the cluster?