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Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, GTI: 1993-1999, Cabrio 1995-2002 (A3) 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running


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Last Post: Dec 19, 2012 12:39 PM Last Post By: BobD
zuphilius

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2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:02 PM
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I have a 2001 VW Cabrio, new coil, cap, rotor, plugs, fuel filter. It starts up and idles great. After letting it warm up until the idle drops, I can drive about 1/4 mile or less. Then it starts to bog down and run rough, then dies. It will start right back up and idle, but the same thing happens again. I have tried unplugging the MAF sensor, I drove a bit farther, but the symptoms returned. I disconnected the fuel pressure sensor line, same thing. I just checked the fuel pressure, it is good. I did not check the pressure during the problem, so I guess I will have to do that soon.

Anyone have any more suggestions? I need the car for work. Thanks ahead of time for any help.
RickW

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Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:10 PM   in response to: zuphilius in response to: zuphilius
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Hello

A few to start off with. Is your check engine light on? If there are any trouble codes, it's best to post them here.

Also, was your car displaying any of these symptoms before the new parts?

Rick W
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Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:35 PM   in response to: RickW in response to: RickW
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Check engine light does not work, I have to fix that, the bulb was removed by questionable dealer. Didn't realize until later. It has pulled a couple codes, P0132 for the front O2, P0740 for the transmission, automatic by the way. I cleared thems and only the P0132 came back, but after clearing, it has not come back, currently not pulling any codes.

I replaced these items one at a time starting with the coil after the problem surfaced. The coil kept the car running, as it would only run for a few minutes and die without moving. Then the fuel filter, cap and rotor and finally plugs.
zuphilius

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Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 12, 2012 4:15 PM   in response to: zuphilius in response to: zuphilius
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Pulled a new code today, P0134. No activity on the Forward O2? Time to replace?
RickW

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Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 12, 2012 4:52 PM   in response to: zuphilius in response to: zuphilius
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I would say that the oxygen sensor would be a good place to start. You've had two different codes now for that front sensor.
zuphilius

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Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 17, 2012 2:43 PM   in response to: RickW in response to: RickW
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I replaced the front O2, car is driving now, took it for a 5 mile trip, no problems.

Still have that pesky surge while driving.
BobD

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Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:58 AM   in response to: zuphilius in response to: zuphilius
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What are the codes now?
When you pull codes, are you doing this with VAGCOM or somethign else?
zuphilius

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Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 18, 2012 5:18 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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No codes. Just surging every 3-5 seconds, 1-2K rpms. Usually around 60 mph. I
have a obd reader.

Edited by: zuphilius on Dec 18, 2012 5:19 PM
BobD

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Re: 2001 VW Cabrio Won't Stay Running
Posted: Dec 19, 2012 12:39 PM   in response to: zuphilius in response to: zuphilius
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I understand...
But with a VAGCOM connection you would be able to monitor things better.
OBD readers are fairly generic.

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