Originally Posted by dodgyme
I will check out VAG links, thanks for that
Basically I will take the car back from the garage. My feeling is that there may well be a problem with the PCM. I have no reason to think a dealer would say there was a problem there without there being one, the car did break down. However I am just overwhelmed at the price 600 euro for the part and with a replacement sensor a cost of over 1k. Surely these could be picked up for 2-3 hundred online and get a mechanic to install and test. I was ok if the repairs cost a few hundred but over a grand is what is annoying me. I feel I am being ripped off
What are you basing your expectations on?
I dont think EUR600 for an ECU (which like has to be coded to your keys) is expensive. In fact, its not.
Here are the replacement prices for my car:
Basic control unit DME DME1.7 $1,035.0 (unit 1)
Basic control unit DME DME1.7 $1,035.0 (unit 2)
AT-Control unit EML $1,911.94
Total: $3992 plus VAT and no doubt more in Euro, EUR4500 maybe? Parts only.
A somewhat more modern ECU for a low end BMW (2006 116i) is €748 plus VAT, so the guts of a grand without labour, recoding etc.
Go look up if you need recoding for the ECU or not then you can determine getting one from a Breaker Yard and getting it installed (which is likely a very easy thing to do).
I would be ruling out other issues first and definitely wouldn't take VWs word for it, its SOP to replace parts first, troubleshoot later if that doesnt "fix" the problem.
PS: Camshaft sensors are usually around EUR30 price wise, could be labour intensive to install however.