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Hello everyone. I have joined up hoping to get some answers for my 2000 2L auto. I have plenty of VW's but this one is just a daily driver to work and back or to the shops - I only work 5kms from home so I wont use the diesel Touareg - the kombis will get stolen as I don't have secure parking while at work. I will post elsewhere about my issues.
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Yes it is. My Touareg has it's own mechanic but the others all get looked after by someone that specialises in VW's and Porsches. My black beetle is the latest addition and it has the dreaded sudden cut out happening. No codes have been thrown so we replaced the fuel pump - it seemed to work until yesterday when it did it to me again. It worked for about 4 weeks. It will need to go back again. :cautious:
 

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Hmm, the cut out issues: can be a number of things (bad crank sensor, dirty throttle body, etc ignition or fueling being the most common culprit); let us know, what the problem, ends up being.
 

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Hmm, the cut out issues: can be a number of things (bad crank sensor, dirty throttle body, etc ignition or fueling being the most common culprit); let us know, what the problem, ends up being.
Got my beetle back yesterday - my mechanic replaced the relay for the fuel pump - seems to have done the trick for now - I didn't get the chance to ask him if he had a code.
 

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I love a bit of bling on my cars. A while back I found these headlight covers at an auction sale and they were too cheap to pass up - I think they had had a reserve of $10 AUD (which was about $7 US but is now about 42 cents ;) ) but no one had bid on them so the reserve was down to zero and I put $12 on them and got them!!
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Next up I would really like these steering wheel spoke covers from Bugs Go Go but they are a bit on the expensive side - with the exchange rate they come in at $110 AUD without postage!!! Does anyone else know where to get them?

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You might look into repainting your old ones with "chrome (looking) paint" or wrap them with chrome looking adhesive wrap, check with your local auto parts store. That would be a less expensive option; here in the USA, the "turbo s" new beetle; had special dimpled aluminum versions, hard to find but they are out there.
 

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Hmm, the cut out issues: can be a number of things (bad crank sensor, dirty throttle body, etc ignition or fueling being the most common culprit); let us know, what the problem, ends up being.
Well she did it again yesterday - cut out on me only this time with a couple of surges beforehand and then struggled to kick over - normally it just fired straight away.:mad:
Will see if it threw any codes this time - this is annoying
 

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Well, post up any codes you find; getting a intermittent problem, to happen, can be a challenge and sometimes a waiting game.

It can be helpful , to get a cheap wireless dongle; like a inexpensive elm327 with one of the many apps like obdfusion (wifi for ios/apple; bluetooth version for android) or dashcommand, connected to your phone or tablet. This will enable you to not only scan for trouble codes but also observe live data; viewing live data when the problem happens could really be helpful, in diagnosing the problem.

Aside from trouble and pending codes; data pids like fuel trim, maf reading, coolant temp, cylinder misfires, etc., can all give you clues to common problems.
 

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NOTE: keep in mind ; ignition problems, typically will throw trouble codes, misfires, etc but a fuel delievery issues, many times will not (aside from fuel trim out of spec, high/low or fuel pump relay problems).
 

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As many VW's that you have; investing in a vw scan tool, would be a worthwhile investment; the ross tech vcds is highly recommended and then, obdeleven, is becoming popular, it runs on android devices (1st gen white version; seems to be working ok, new 2nd gen black version is having problems, many "bugs" out work out, seems to be a beta product they released too soon).
 

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I don't know if your mechanic is a Volkswagen specialist or the type of brands he uses for replacement parts. However, we have found crucial parts like fuel pumps and fuel pump relays, to require high quality oem or genuine vw parts, for them to work reliably. For the fuel pump; Bosch or VDO, are solid brands and actually work (VDO provides the pump to VW). While the relay oem is made by Stribel; definitely recommended, only getting those, from that supplier, from vw or sold under the Stribel brand name.

In both cases, low quality aftermarket parts; can cause, all kinds of drivability issues (stick with oem parts).

If you want to troubleshoot things yourself; give us more info about the car, its history, (engine size, trans, year, etc) and any trouble codes you find, we can go from there. Thanks.
 

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Thanks for the reply - only the Beetle and the Touareg would benefit from scanning (maybe the Golf? not sure). I have one mechanic that looks after my Touareg as that is his speciality and my other mechanic looks after my other VW's. He specialises in watercooled and Porsches but he also works on old school aircooled. I am going to bite the bullet and buy a scanner. This latest cut out felt a bit different to the previous times and cranking to start instead of straight away.
 

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Yeah, even if you have a vw specialist repair your cars; having a scan tool, is pretty much required, if you own a modern vw. Having to go to a repair shop, every time a light pops on; is a hassle, at the most basic level, you should understand what code is thrown and what the definition of what it means, potential reasons for it coming on, then possible fixes, required testing to find the problem. Trouble codes and scanners are not "magic" but they can help you with clues to the problem and with factory level scan tool, allow you to do testing to prove the issues, after repairs, confirm the fix is good!

Then, these intermittent issues; can require owner involvement, to troubleshoot the problem over time. It isn't always convenient, to leave a car for extended periods if time at a shop, until the problem happens again with the mechanic driving the vehicle or seeing it happen at their shop. Not all shops, take on long term intermittent issues, leaving a vehicle for extended periods of troubleshooting time; as they feel, it doesn't pay, is a time killer and they "can't fix a problem; they can't see happening".

When my new beetle was under factory warranty; i had a number of intermittent issues, my vw dealer couldn't replicate and they always said, everything worked "according to vw factory specifications". I kept taking it in and they never fixed it (very frustrating). It took me, getting over my reservations of doing my own repairs, purchasing vcds by ross tech and doing the research, testing and repairs, to fix it myself. After trying a number of repair tries, i finally fixed it; my immobilizer kept kicking on and it ended up being a bad speedo cluster.
 

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I have been a bit quiet, hoping that I would have something positive to add. Not really....


Had it back a few days and she cut out again after a surge - struggled to start again but eventually it did and I drove it home. When I got home, she cut out again and didn't want to start again. Got roadside assistance to come out - the guy said there was something wrong with the fuel delivery so she was towed to my mechanic -
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Mechanic checked her out and found crusty wiring to the fuses and fuel relay so he replaced all that and I went and picked it up the next day. Only got a few hundred metres away and she did it again- cut out on me just before a big busy roundabout with just enough room to pull over before causing traffic chaos! He couldn't believe it as he had been driving it and had had no issues. He gave me the loaner Passat and off I went to work. Again - still not throwing any codes. He looked over everything else he could think of and found up underneath the dash there was wiring that was crusty and had rubbed in places so off it went to an auto electrician. They had it for a couple of days and replaced wiring. Now I was thinking - great - I can have my car back and trust her. Didn't last long - did it again - only this time- it didn't completely cut out, it chugged and the check engine light came on but it still scares the crap out of me being an auto and not being able to drop the clutch and start again. Now the good thing about that is that it has thrown a code (yay!!! 🥳 ) and he said it is the engine speed sensor. They have popped another one in and been driving it around today so fingers crossed this will hopefully keep her on the road.

I am still waiting for my scanning tool to arrive - the post is very slow at the moment.
 
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