That price almost scraps the car, how can the part cost £3000 ! if you did face that I would think the best place to look for a secondhand one from a breakers would be German eBay or a German specialist. I assume it will be the same part for left and righthand drive but I may be wrong. So few have been sold here that I would doubt and breakers yard would have any parts.VW have tested the battery & charging system and both are OK. Their final diagnosis is that an electrical control unit needs replacing, at £3000 plus £1000 labour. Needless to say, I'm going to live with the error message, at least for the time being. The idea that you have to shell out £4000 to correct a minor instrumentation fault is absurd. Anyone got any suggestions?
Welp! I hope it stays away from mine. That indeed sounds insane for a single part, I though cars where more module now. I was thinking more on the lines of a sensor problem. Did they say it was the whole ECU or a part of it?VW have tested the battery & charging system and both are OK. Their final diagnosis is that an electrical control unit needs replacing, at £3000 plus £1000 labour. Needless to say, I'm going to live with the error message, at least for the time being. The idea that you have to shell out £4000 to correct a minor instrumentation fault is absurd. Anyone got any suggestions?
Thanks, the OP was a bit quick jumping straight to scrap! I've had a quick search to see if i could find the spec for the E-UP 12V battery, no luck so far, certainly worth a bit more time though.
Is it not possible to get the correct battery at a similar rate more locally ?.Thanks, the OP was a bit quick jumping straight to scrap! I've had a quick search to see if i could find the spec for the E-UP 12V battery, no luck so far, certainly worth a bit more time though.
Update, the Yuasa site identifies this battery as compatibleYBX3202 YBX3202 just did a quick set of measurements and it appears the same. Just spotted it on Amazon for £48.99 seems like a worthwhile expense to test the theory, and only slightly more than 30 mins on VW diagnostics.
Another example of main dealers wanting total control of your car when it requires any parts & labour.Just back from the garage and long story short the error has been cleared, which is good. The technician blamed the presence of a non-genuine battery as the cause, which is nonsensical as the approved Yuasa battery was only fitted because of the appearance of the fault. However a mysterious process called "battery adaption" was referred to and the car now accepts the replacement. Personally I suspect its probably some sort of simple reinitialisation of the fault detection system and/or a battery health monitor circuit. They clearly want to fit genuine parts at rather inflated prices, which is no surprise. That said they did ok as it was the first E-UP they'd ever had to work on.
Thanks for the OP it helped me find this forum in first place, it’s really very useful. The warning message disappeared for me as well after a few seconds, but it kept on appearing each time I started, so there was always that niggle that I might get caught out. The link that Trapdoor posted was an eye opener. What I hadn’t realised is just how few E-UP!’s are on the roads in the UK, current figure is just 207 VOLKSWAGEN E-UP - How Many Left?. It’s clear that many VW tech’s just have to work from the script when faced with a car they’ve never worked on. One suggestion might be to look for a specialist auto-electrician that can run a load test on your 12v battery and record how it actually performs, but it might cost as much as a new battery. That said, I’m assuming that only VW have access to the diagnostics routines that were used to tell the car it has a new battery fitted as in my case. Good to hear about Instavolt, they’ve installed a few charging points at our local North West supermarket Booths.Well! At least I'm not on my own with this fault. Many thanks for all your replies. I've chosen to ignore the message (It disappears after a few seconds), and 2 months and 1500 miles later, all seems to be well. The VW technician told me that he'd tried swapping out the 12 battery without success. I think my next move will be to try & find another garage (non VW) able to work on the car. I live in Devon. Anyone got any suggestions? Incidentally, I did a 200 mile round trip yesterday, with 3 charges using Instavolt units. All worked really well and very easy to use (Unlike Ecotricity) & average charging time no more than 15 minutes. This was a first for me, and am now quite relaxed about doing a long journey again.