IS ANYTHING MISSING?
Check for any missing cosmetics or interior trim, because replacement parts are rarer than they used to be. The sunroof can break due to fragile metal components – it’s easier to replace it with one from another car than stripping down the existing unit.
2 A BRIGHT IDEA
The headlight switch is prone to failing – replacement is preferable to trying to fix it with replacement fuses. VW no longer stocks the parts, but aftermarket replacements are being made.
3 CHAIN LETTERS
Check that the timing chain has been replaced. The chains aren’t known for snapping but do wear out. The clutch has to come off to access the chains so it makes sense to replace both – budget on around £600-700.
4 CHECK THE ABS
An illuminated ABS warning light should ring alarm bells – not only are they are prone to failing in their own right, but they can indicate issues with the ABS pump, which is difficult to get hold of and is no longer stocked by Volkswagen dealers.