I have a 2004 2.0l jetta and its been in the dealership repair for 4 days.They were checking wires and tracing to find out why my check engine was on. They just called and told me it needs a instrument cluster because it shorted out. It costs $1,486 to replace. Thats about the cost of the car even with its good condition. What do I do?

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Asked by Nov 09, 2015 at 01:54 PM about the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta GL 2.0l

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

this is really urgent please give me good options

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If that is the only reason why the CEL is on then can you live with it? Is there an issue with passing a smog check? If that is what the car is worth then I would drive it as long as I could with the light on and then sell it or junk it.

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A used instrument cluster might solve your problem.

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Yup.I agree. That's dealer. Double or triple the cost of a shop, especially if you can find one yourself and have it installed for a couple hundred bucks

But hold on, a 2004 VW Jetta is worth at least $4k unless completely thrashed and 200,000+ miles .... and get another opinion. "Shorted our" sounds just too convenient. If they couldn't pull a DTC code with the light on that does not mean it needs to have wires traced. Something smells fishy here

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At this point the car cant move because of how they had to strip the car and trace wires. I cant go looking for a used cluster because the car would sit there and they would charge me a storage fee until I find the part and its shipped to me. Also I have no idea of any wiring specialists that can do it. They are now telling me my aftermarket XENON HIDS's are the reason my cluster is fried.

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