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Funny idle i have a 1988 golf 5 speed 140000 miles on it.i got it from a friend and he had it sitting up not running for about four years when i start the car it runs good for about 15 minutes then it idles real low and a unsteady idle then it smokes i know its not steam it is is bluish greyish color sometimes it smells like fuel what coul be the problem?

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You might try to change the spar plugs the plugs and the rotor my car used to do the same and i changed everything and it worked

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