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Hi all,
Just looking for an opinion on some advice I’ve had.
Last week, out of nowhere, my Meriva dashboard went crazy just after setting off driving. Loads of warning lights, including Traction Control etc, speedo and rev counter we’re going mad, seatbelt indicator, service light... the works. The most concerning thing was that the steering kept seizing up when turning, making it very hard and heavy to turn. I took it to the garage that I bought if from (it’s out of warranty) and they didn’t really want to touch it, but said they’d noticed that the coolant was leaking onto the ABS sensor/unit and that could be the cause... And they suggested I took it to a Vauxhall dealer.

I thought I’d try someone independent first, and found a local mobile Vauxhall specialist and auto electrician. By the time he was able to come and have a look, the car had completely died. No power whatsoever. I told him what the other garage had said, so he checked that and he said that the ABS unit was totally knackered and it looks like the wiring into it could be badly affected too, but would need further inspection to know the full extent.

He quoted around £1700 to fix, which I think covered recovery to get the car to a garage, a new ABS unit, fitting with 2nd hand mounting kit (I think?), and replacing the coolant expansion (2nd hand). The big worry was that he also said that he couldn’t guarantee that would be the full extent until it was all fitted as something else could have shorted and I could even need a new head ECU which would be another £700...

It’s probably quite obvious by this point that I’m not in the slightest bit savvy when it comes to car maintenance, so hoping for a second opinion on whether all the above sounds realistic and those costs are reasonable?

Although I’ve no reason to doubt the advice I’ve had, I’m just a bit reluctant to agree to such a huge outlay without some kind of extra reassurance. Plus I’ve already been hit with a £50 call out for a 20 minute prod under the bonnet so I’m terrified that those costs could potentially spiral out of control.

Any advice on this would be massively, massively appreciated.
 

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The leak onto the ABS unit has been reported before and could well be the cause of your current issues.
 
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Hi all,
I took it to the garage that I bought if from (it’s out of warranty) and they didn’t really want to touch it, but said they’d noticed that the coolant was leaking onto the ABS sensor/unit and that could be the cause... And they suggested I took it to a Vauxhall dealer.
How long ago did you buy the car from the dealer??

You have 6 months to take the car back to the dealer. Consumer rights act 2015. This is regardless of a Bull S.... warranty.

If within 6 months dont take NO for an answer !!!!
 

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Thanks for the replies. I've had it 18 months so it's well outside the warranty unfortunately. After digging around a bit, and speaking to a few people, it sounds like the quote was pretty realistic and it's gonna be an expensive job :(
 
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