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Volkswagen Passat ABS Light Due to ABS Control Module Failure

Volkswagen Passat Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 113,168 mi (10,745 mi - 238,600 mi)


The anti-lock brake system (ABS) control module may fail causing the ABS light to illuminate. Failed modules should be replaced to restore ABS operation.

  • Visitor, , 103,000 mi

    ABS module failed at 89,000 miles. Pulled ABS module apart and found one hair fine wire separated from the circuit board. Made the repair myself, not for the beginner but doable with some skill. Step by step technique is posted on internet. Total cost about 2.5 hours of my time.

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    module failed: replaced with new :Expensive!!, then had to take to the dealer to have it activated. more $$

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  •  Rookie

    When the ABS controller malfunctioned, it also caused many of the control panel controls to fail, including the tach, oil light, and others. A new controller fixed the problem. The dealer wanted $750, but did it for $500

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  • Visitor, , 139,000 mi

    my abs light comes on but goes away notice a noise in the front end when stopping which i think is electrical issues due to this problem

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    ABS Light comes on. Cant read mpg or anything. The STOP light comes on in the display area. Anyone know what is wrong or how to fix it for cheap? please let me know email me at

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  • Visitor, , 165,000 mi

    ABS Light on

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  •  Rookie

    ABS+Break lights stay ON. Failed SMOG check communication with the OBD.

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  • Visitor, , 162,000 mi

    had this for 30000 miles, goto guys on there that fix it for $100

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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    Brake and abs light on

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    ABS light is constantly on and brake light flashes and once rpm reaches 1500. Also, an initial beep three times when the brake like starts flashing. Also throwing many other fault codes, may or may not be related.

    Remove and send to who can repair it for $160 (my model) and provide a five year warranty. Dealer will charge over $1000 for a new part which will just fail later as did the original. Sometimes you can find a local shop that can repair it (if you don't want to wait) since any experienced electronic tech can do it but ModuleMaster's turn around is typically one week.

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