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Old 03-16-2006, 08:32 PM
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Unhappy 98 Beetle Stalling

I have a 98 Beetle and now it is stalling on me. Not all of time, but it is becoming dangerous. Not really sure when it will stall. Has anyone had this problem and if so, what was the resolution.
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Old 03-16-2006, 08:45 PM
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is it chuggin, snorting, stinky or just quits, do you get a check engine light? does it do it at highway speed or like when you are coming to a stop?

could be mass air. fill us in with a little more and im sure we'll get it for ya
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Old 03-17-2006, 03:13 PM
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There is no warning when it stalls, my daughter says that when she stops and then tries to take off, the car stalls. The car will start again, and the check engine light goes on. I drove it for a couple of days and I cannot recreate it. I had a hard time starting it yesterday, but again this happens every once and a while. Thanks for replying, I want to make the right decision as to where to take it for service.

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Old 03-19-2006, 01:33 PM
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My 98 bug does the same thing. It also dies when I'm driving down the highway. Sometimes it stutters real bad at 30 mph. My advice is to GET RID OF IT. I'm serious, trade it in while it's still running. I spent over $1000 fixing EVERYTHING that was wrong with the car. I only had it a year. I bought the car in 2004 with less than 70K. The door locks quit working, I could only unlock the door from the passenger side, the latch for the lift gate quit latching, all the window switches are broken, driver side window governor went out, brake light switch faulty (recall), driverside headlight burns out all the time (recall), there is a wire that rubs the top of the battery it's been recalled on later models, but not this one. The power mirror switch is broken, the headliner is falling. The switch to disengage the gear selector lock when you step on the brake pedal is broke (I just unplugged it, problem solved), The engine dies when starting from a stop, it dies at 50 mph, it stutters at 30 mph, in fact when driving at 30 mph the gas pedal will pull away from your foot and the engine will rev, then it goes back down and does it again, when driving on the highway sometimes the engine will suddenly lose power, I shift into neutral and try to rev the engine, you can hold the gas to the floor and the engines revs up and down constantly, I have to turn the engine off and start it again and then it works fine. I fixed ALL this stuff all at once and cost around $1500. It worked for awhile, after 3 months the engine started doing everything all over again. Trade it in for a Nissan Sentra or something while it still runs.
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Old 03-20-2006, 05:44 AM
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Sisters bug did that ... catalytic converter was bad. Her car (an automatic) was stalling when she was trying to go from a stop. :\ Bleh! Totally get it fixed (whatever it is) SOON!
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:02 PM
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How did they know it was the CatConv ?
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:03 PM
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Her bug threw a Check engine light. So, I had a VW shop (not dealer) run a vag-com on her car. And the code popped up for the cat-conv. When she had it tested at the dealer ... they said nothing was wrong - even tho it threw codes. Figurse ...
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:05 PM
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I replaced the MAF and the car just stalled again. Now I am lost for ideas. HELP
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:07 PM
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Is there a VW speciality shop near you? It is definatly worth getting your car checked out by a special shop - even if it isnt throwing CEL's.

Good luck!
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