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Hey everyone, I'll start from the begining. My '98 2.0L 5speed would not start one morning about a month ago. Me and my roomates succesfully push started it and after work that day it started fine on its own and did so for a week or two. Then it happened again and we oush started it again. A few days later it died while idling and restarted right away. Then twice in one night ahile at red lights or coming to a stop it acted like it was running out of gas, I pumped the peddal and saved it from dying. Then on New year's eve it died in a parking lot while idleing and would not start. I employed the help of some strangers to push start it and it would not start. After multiple attempts I had it towed to my house. WHne it died it acted just like it was running out of gas but I have more than a 1/4 tank. It fires and turns over but just won't start. I thought maybe fuel pump or fuel pump relay but I can hear the pump whirring when I put the key in the on position. PLEASE HELP!

By the way the codes for the MAF and secondary air intake have been on for a very long time.
 

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For a 2.0L Gas car:

Check for spark (alternator, cables, etc... make sure they're good)
Check for fuel (changed your fuel filter...ever? What about the in-tank fuel pump? It could be failing, do you hear it whine to prime the fuel line when you open your door? Sit in car, lock it with remote, unlock it with remote and open driver door. Should hear a buzz from the back seat area)
Check for air (filter really plugged up? Unlikely, to be honest)
 

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Just changed BAttery and allternator within the last year. I have power and it turns over but won't start.
I also changed the fuel filter within the last 2 years. I do hear the fuel pump priming. Could it be something do with the MAF sensor?
 

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Immobilizers didn't coming along until 2000. The '98 and '99 cars don't have them.
 

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Hey everyone, I'll start from the begining. My '98 2.0L 5speed would not start one morning about a month ago. Me and my roomates succesfully push started it and after work that day it started fine on its own and did so for a week or two. Then it happened again and we oush started it again. A few days later it died while idling and restarted right away. Then twice in one night ahile at red lights or coming to a stop it acted like it was running out of gas, I pumped the peddal and saved it from dying. Then on New year's eve it died in a parking lot while idleing and would not start. I employed the help of some strangers to push start it and it would not start. After multiple attempts I had it towed to my house. WHne it died it acted just like it was running out of gas but I have more than a 1/4 tank. It fires and turns over but just won't start. I thought maybe fuel pump or fuel pump relay but I can hear the pump whirring when I put the key in the on position. PLEASE HELP!

By the way the codes for the MAF and secondary air intake have been on for a very long time.
How many miles do you have? Have you ever replaced the timing belt and water pump?

Also you should get the help of a local Vw Specialist, shop, or Vw Specific mechanic. Check the link in my signature to help you get started in fixing it.

Good luck?
 

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Have you tested your fuel pressure?
Coolant temp sensor?
You know I didn't think anything of it but twice after I finaly got it started before it now the coolant light turbed red and beeped at me. I shut off the car and restarted it and it went away. Do you think the CTS could cause the car to die and not start even with a push start?
 

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It shouldn't. But if you are getting a flashing coolant light, I'd check your coolant level first and make sure its good. Shouldn't have anything to do with your problem.
 

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+1 on checking your coolant level like stated above.

Do you think the CTS could cause the car to die and not start even with a push start?
When my CTS went out, my car died as soon as it started. Then it started, ran fine till I came to a stop, then it would die.
 
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