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I drive a vw jetta 2003 gls 1.8t. a few days ago the engine dash light started blinking. the car was hard to drive, accelerating with difficulty and shook when stopped. we took it in for repair, they changed the ignition coils, spark plugs, changed the oil and worked on the fuel system. 24 hours later, we have the same problem! the engine light started blinking again and the same driving issues.

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  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    me too.. it wont get up and go but when i am at idle mine is fine

    , i am going to try a few things tonight if i get it fixed ill let you know...

  • kjewett Jan 09, 2009

    I have the same issue....anybody have a resolution? If possible I'd like to fix it myslef.

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    It happened on the way home from work (long ride). Engine ran real rough like it was running on two cylinders. Almost like the spark plugs were fowled up or a coil was malfunctioning. Check engine light flashed most of the time. There were periods where the light would be on but not flashing..

  • pilot_2b Jan 25, 2009

    I am experiencing the same problem. I have a 2004 Jetta GLS 1.8T. The CEL blinks and sometime stays solid. I changed out the spark plugs, new fuel filter, new air filter, oil change, and I put in new 4 ignition coils. I am still having trouble, my car is lacking power, runs really rough, and the CEL blinks. I am thinking it could be a bad MAF sensor or maybe O2 sensor...? It could also be a a bad ICM (ignition control module) I am going to talk to my VW mechanic on Monday.

  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    I HAVE A 2002 JETTA AND IVE CHANGED IGNITION COILS AT LEAST 4 TIMES IN A YR AND A HALF

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    same exact thing

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    2006 Jetta 2.5L, started engine in the morning at -15 c last week, idle speed about 500rpm and unstable,shake + black smoke from exhaust pipe. Depressed accelerator, then everything fine.Started at -5 c, idle speed unstable only at 1000rpm,then looked fine soon. Can not feel different when drive in local and highway.
    Could you advise what the problem is, please? Never change spark plugs.

    Thank you so much

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    car driving fine come to croosroads ortraffic lights and stops.turn key it drives fine again, also cuts out when ticking over.

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Guys, what you are experiencing is the car built warning system. When your engine light blinks it indicates a Major Problem has occurred or is occurring in the engine. When this occurs the cars goes into a "safe," mode which means all power is cut by at least half in an effort to save the car from more major damage. You can take your VW to any large chain autoparts store (autozone, advance, etc) a lot of them are offering a free engine diagnosis. Do this if possible to see where the problems maybe coming from and ways to fix them.

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I drive a vw jetta 2003 gls 1.8t. a few days ago the engine dash light started blinking. the car was hard to drive, accelerating with difficulty and shook when stopped. we took it in for repair, they...


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