ABS sense

I've heard that VW has been agreeing to carry out replacement work on failed ABS control units in some Golfs, even if they are technically outside warranty, because it is a known fault. My SEAT Toledo (i.e. same parts) has just developed the same fault and I have been quoted £1,411 to replace it by a local main dealer. They say they know nothing of this issue. Is this worth following up? Would it be useful to contact VW? Help please!

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Tell them it's a widespread VAG fault and you are going to report it and the supplying SEAT dealer to VOSA. I’d guess that VAG has been stalling on this prior to its profits announcement the last week in July because obviously a big recall would have had a big impact on those profits. In the UK it has offered some owners a 40% discount, but even at 40% off the cost of this £1,400 repair both VAG and the dealer still make a profit, which is scandalous for a safety related fault occurring so early in the cars lives. VOSA has so far refused to act on this and needs more public pressure to force it to do so. Where Volvos suffered a similar fault out of warranty, Volvo initially offered 70%, then the full cost of the repair.
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