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VW stops pulling and smokes in spells when under a load

THe check engine light stays on and some times the coolant level light flashes. It smokes when you try to acelerate but if you floor it sometimes it will start pulling again. Sometimes you have to baby it. to get where you are going. THe person we got it from said that he put larger injectors in on it. I looked in the boook and where it showed the map sensor there was nothing there. Im open to any suggestions.

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