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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 15:16 Thread Starter
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Instrument cowl on 2015 Ducto too dim

Very pleased with our new 2015 ducato 2.3 but I am having difficulty actually seeing the instruments (particularly the speedo) as the new model's cowls seems to create almost total shade! It is impossible to make our the KPH as those letters are smaller.

I thought that with the headlights on (there are no driving side lights now) that it would illuminate it all a bit better but no, that too is very dim although working.

Can anyone help with the following

Is it possible to increase the brightness of the bulbs?
Is it possible to wire the instrument cluster to illuminate all the time (maybe connected to the day time running lights?
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Richard,

I can't help with the wiring issues, however our 2012 has exactly the same problem, with the KPH showing in red and virtually unreadable in bright sun. The MPH figures are easily readable in the same conditions, which if I increased the brightness of the bulbs would leave the MPH too bright during the night.

If stationary, I can just about make the KPH out if I really focus on them, which doesn't solve the problem when travelling at speed in French or Italian sunshine.

I printed out an easy to read converter, laminated and stuck near the speedo, which solves the problem for me.
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Not a bad idea but still not ideal is it? Have you or anyone else thought about fixing a strip of led lighting within the cowls?
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I have exactly the same problem on my 2015 model and thought an LED would illuminate it better during daylight hours but I have not got a clue how to go about it I did not have a problem on my 2010 model but the speedo was a lot bigger and set at a different angle

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Its the reason that many of us use the KPH read out of our satnavs.
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I am reading the MPH on my sat nav to get round the problem at the moment but it is a bad deseign the dial is to small and sits at the wrong angle

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Absolutely no problem with my 2014 Ducato but as it's LHD and German-sourced maybe details are different?

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Certainly I cannot understand the OP's query about changing the brightness of the cluster lighting - unless UK models don't have the controls I have?

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Our 2015 Carthago on a Ducato base is also German and LHD but it's difficult to read the speedo in sunlight and almost impossible with sun glasses on.
I've always used the Garmin in preference and have it mounted so that it is much easier to see and closer to line of sight than looking down into the darkness of the instrument panel.
I can also switch it between MPH or KPH as required and of course it is more accurate.

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I can't see the top half of my speedo due to the cowl, on our 2015 Hymer Fiat. I can only see it if I adjust the seat to an undrivable position, being 6' 3" doesn't help I suppose, but it's also difficult to read the speedo due to bad lighting.
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