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more than likely the cable has snapped to the hood release, a few people have had this problem go to www.passatworld.com and search the forums for your answer.....it can involve drilling into the hood
it could well be your idle air control valve an easy and cheap fix, also check for vacuum leaks
ignition coils, find a new shop. what codes are they getting?
more than likely the abs module, its a very very common problem www.passatworld.com has a thread on it lots and lots of people including me have had this. take it off and send it off to be fixed $100-$200 its a design flaw, buy a new one and you will have this problem again, so get it fixed and put some painters tape over the flashing lights, thats what ive done.
its a 18mm? plug on the side of the pan, do not open the hex plugs that is the transmission.
about $100-$200, you remove it and send it off, do some searching (module masters?) and you will find write ups
www.passatworld.com abs failure is a common module problem, there are plenty of people on pw that fix them (design flaw) for $100+ i think module masters has a write up for removal.
what engine? it could be the o ring on your oil cooler is toast, the oil cooler is what the oil filter screws onto on the 1.8t engine, could be crankcase breather hose, and it could be many other things, if the car is low on oil or really leaking oil dont drive it. www.passatworld.com for help.
goto www.passatworld.com there is a write up on flushing the power steering fluid, its in the info section and is an easy straightforward job.