Yep, the Passat failed the first pass at the ‘Auto securité’ (MOT test in the UK, TUV in Germany) for the first time in 10 years. A new headlamp unit was needed as the old one had gone opaque and was diffusing the beam too much.
Cost: 185€ without fitting ;( ! Still we should be OK until next December now 🙂 when we will need to replace the other one which was just good enough to pass the test.
Now the Passat can ‘hibernate’ until Spring when Veda will restart driving, once the snow has gone.