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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. I took my 2003 VW Jetta in 2 times b/c the check engine light kept coming on. They said it was fine, just a sensor. Well now when you start the car it shakes and the check engine light flashes. I read in the owner's manual that it could be the catalytic converter. I'm too scared to drive so, I'm having it towed tonight. Hopefully I will find out tomorrow what the problem is. I will keep you posted.

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  • robbiejay7 Feb 23, 2009

    I have had the same problem as of yesterday.  Not too sure what is going on.  

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    2006 VW Jetta 2.5L, started engine in the morning at -15 c last week, idle speed around 500 rpm and unstable, car shake and black smoke from exhaust pipe. depress accelerator, everything back to normal. Started engine at -5 c, idle speed about 1000 rpm, still unstable, but it's fine soon. Driving in local and highway like before.
    Could you advise what the problem is?and how to fix it.
    Never replaced spark plugs.

    Thank you so much

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I had the same symptoms and found I had suffered from turbo failure and the final cost at the dealer was $3500, last VW I will ever own. I hope this isn't your trouble too, good luck

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