The ABS and traction control lights lit up on the dash of my '03 VW GTI with 135,000 miles. The dealership said the car needs a new ABS Control Computer at $2K. When I picked up the car, they said it could possibly only be the front wheel speed sensor, which costs $500 to replace. Apparently these repairs can only be done by VW-certified mechanics. Question: As sophisticated as German car engines are, why can’t the diagnostic machine pinpoint the actual problem? I could spend $500 on the sensor and find the light never goes out. Then I am in $2.5K on a car that is only valued at $3.2K.
Washington, DC area