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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: 113,546 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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  •  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, , 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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  • Same as most others. Beeping, flashing, and "Brake Fault" warning.

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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, , 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, , 115,000 mi

    same as everyone else. Dealer said $1500 to fix it.
    Any other fixes possible.

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  • Visitor, , 103,567 mi

    ABS light and warning light illuminated. No solution found. Replaced both ABS front wheel sensors but ABS unit was the final straw as I had a new car on order.

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