I try not to post looking for advice on forums too much as I can usually find what i'm looking for through a search but this issue has me stumped.
I was driving home last night and my hazard warning button started flashing (just the button, not the indicator bulbs) then my instrument panel lights started to flash (speedo, revs, DIS etc) then all hell broke loose - headlights went off, dash lights quit completely, aircon went off, stereo went off, window rolled down half-way and stuck (it was -6!!!), no indicators, reverse lights, interior lights, and engine fan came on full blast (no overheating or mechanical issues though). I had to drive home on sidelights (luckily there' a rat-run I took to avoid traffic).
Things would flash back on intermittently, i figured out i could get heat by having the blowers on the windscreen only at full blast. I started to think what had gone on in my car that night and the ONLY thing i could think of was my mate was charging his phone through my cig lighter socket, i hadn't replaced the part you light your cig off after he took the charger out so put it back in a low and behold the headlights came on! I think this was only random however as they went off again about 3 mins later.
I also noticed something a few days ago but didn't really think anything of it. After washing my car i went to grab the keys from the ignition and noticed my dash was illuminated (speedo etc) but no lights on. This is something that doesn't happen in my car (I think i'm right in saying you can vag-com it so you can have just needles illuminated when no lights, just dials illuminated when no lights or both) but I haven't done this . . . . yet!
So, has anyone experienced ANYTHING like this or some something similar that can point me in the right direction. I'm thinking a control unit problem but kind of hoping someone on here might have had a similar issue that just turned out to be to a fuse affecting a number of things i it goes or a dodgy earth?!
Oh and i'm having it scanned tuesday for faults but as the old saying goes . . . "time is money".
Thanks in advance
Oh my cars a 2004 1.8T 190 BEX